"We've actually cracked the code on getting our immune system to kill, to fight on our behalf," Lewis-Hall said. "We're learning to fight cancer at the cellular level."
"We defeated polio. We turned the corner on HIV," Lewis-Hall said.
"If the question is why now? Maybe it should really be why not now?" Lewis-Hall concluded.
Dr. Lynn Goldman of the Milken School of Public Health At George Washington University talked about prevention, noting that 30 percent of all cancer deaths are preventable with current knowledge.
Kim thiboldeaux, CEO of the Cancer Support Community, talked about how few cancer patients, less than 4 percent, participate in clinical trials. They have had the same concerns since the 70s: concern about being guinea pigs, mistakenly thinking they have to pay bro participate. "Trials are overwhelming. They're intimidating and don't meet patients where they are," Thiboldeaux said.
Goldman's school has developed a "text to quit" program aimed at pregnant women who smoke. She cited the "astounding disparity" in smoking rates in Washington, DC, where only 7 percent of whites smoke, compared to 26percent of African Americans.
Winship Cancer Center chief Walter Curran welcomes Biden's “all hands on deck” message: "There’s never been anyone who’s ever taken the opportunity to really lead all federal agencies and partner with all kinds of private and state agencies to join arms in the fight against cancer."
A big part of the Moonshot will be using technology to share data widely on diagnoses, treatment outcomes, genetic markers and population characteristics, Emory / Winship chief Curran says: “There’s no reason every patient interaction with cancer, every research project related to cancer, can’t be a learning experience for all of us.”
The live stream will resume at about 12:30.
Doctors should encourage more patients to take part in experimental tratments, Winship Cancer Center's Diane Cassels tells the Atlanta session: "If the patients are not asked or told by their physicians about clinical trials … they’re not going to participate."
The live feed is supposed to resume at 1:30 p.m.