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October 19, 2016

NPAF Announces Launch of THRIVE Network

2016-10-19 | October 17, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Responding to the Cancer Moonshot’s call for collaboration, the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF), the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) and Friends of Cancer Research (FOCR) announced the launch of the THRIVE Network – a first of its kind initiative to benefit the nearly 20 million cancer survivors in the United States.

The THRIVE network brings together patients, clinicians, basic researchers, drug developers, technologists and government scientists in an effort to define and reduce immediate and long-term adverse effects from cancer therapy. These partners are committed to creating an active forum to enhance our understanding of the causes of treatment-related adverse effects, enhance the options available to patients to ensure that they can both survive cancer and THRIVE, and double the amount of funding dedicated to research in this arena over the next five years.

“Throughout cancer treatment, we want people to feel better while they’re working to get better,” said Rebecca Kirch, Executive Vice President of Healthcare Quality and Value at NPAF. “Minimizing side effects through this THRIVE research initiative is a critical part of preserving patient quality of life.”

As  noted on the THRIVE website, the biomedical field has made tremendous strides in turning many cancers into survivable diseases.  However, in the years following treatment, many survivors have a significantly higher incidence of severe chronic illness, often an unintended consequence of the drugs and therapies that saved their lives.

This announcement includes the launch of a 2017 THRIVE seed grant program to fund patient-relevant research, plans for a 2018 THRIVE Network meeting, and the commitment to publish consensus recommendations from this meeting as a blueprint to guide THRIVE’s many stakeholders in pursuit of efficient and effective actions to improve cancer survivor quality of life.  The NPAF, HESI and FOCR partnership brings together a collective 65 years of organizational experience in improving the lives of cancer patients and survivors through innovative and effective research, outreach and educational programs.