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Date:2/27/2014

ght against cancer, but as a major force in our nation's economic progress. Among the technological advances of the 21st century, medical innovation has been the biggest factor in improving the lives of patients, benefiting the healthcare system and improving prosperity. Over the past 50 years, medical innovation has been the source of more than half of all economic growth in the United States.

The panel, moderated by Fox News Channel's Jim Pinkerton, featured several leading figures in the cancer and healthcare community, including:

  • Clifton Leaf, journalist and author, "The Truth in Small Doses: Why We're Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It"

  • Julie Fleshman, president and CEO, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

  • Laurie MacCaskill, seven-year pancreatic cancer survivor and chair, national Board of Directors, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

  • Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, director, Duke Center for Learning Healthcare

  • Robert J. Hariri, MD, PhD, chairman, founder and chief scientific officer, Celgene Cellular Therapeutics

  • Scott Gottlieb, MD, resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute

  • Frank Lichtenberg, PhD, Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business, Columbia University

"Although medical innovation has played a key role in the fight against cancer and improving the overall cancer survival rate, much work lies ahead especially for deadly cancers such as pancreatic cancer where the five-year survival rate is just six percent," said Julie Fleshman, president and CEO, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "In order to move towards a world free from cancers, the cancer infrastructure has to continue to keep up with the advances in science and our nation needs to make medical research a priority."

The panel discussed the benefits of past breakthroughs for some types of cancer: there have been an estimated 50 million life-years saved and $4.9 trillion added in economic valu
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