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You have one week to tell the government what to do about cancer
Washington Post

Have an idea about how to make progress against cancer? The federal government wants to know, but the suggestion box closes next Friday.

For months, the National Cancer Institute has been gathering research ideas from the public and experts around the country via a special portal, The suggestions are being funneled to seven working groups looking for the best opportunities for speeding up progress against cancer. But the NCI is facing a series of deadlines, so the portal will be shut down at end of the next work week.

So far, the cancer institute has gotten 616 suggestions — more than 400 through the portal and another 200 by phone and email — on topics such as expanding clinical trials; enhanced data sharing; pediatric cancer and prevention and early detection. Some of the ideas are highly technical; others are commonsensical and a few are downright wacky.