I was honored to visit the University of Arizona’s Cancer Center (UACC) to meet with the doctors and researchers who are leading the fight against cancer. As the only National Institute of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute based in Arizona, I got to see first-hand how the NIH funding I fight for saves lives.
UACC leads the effort for potential breakthrough treatment for kids with leukemia and reaching out to native American tribes for screenings and treatment. I saw the process of how their labs test the effectiveness of potential treatments and seek to discover new cancer conquering drugs. I witnessed their use of cutting-edge simulation and automation technology that has dramatically increased testing speeds. Where previously researchers could test one treatment at a time over days, new technology allows testing of 1,000 per day.
These breakthroughs have dramatically increased the speed at which we learn about treating cancer. These advancements will ultimately save countless lives, and Arizona is at the forefront of these efforts.
Senator Martha McSally
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.