Proposed VA Budget Would Increase Funding for Cancer Treatment

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ $243.3 billion budget request for next fiscal year includes a $75 million increase for cancer treatment so the VA can “deliver the most up-to-date care as close to the patient’s residence as possible.”

The investment would go toward the VA’s precision oncology program, which moves away from one-size-fits-all cancer treatments to personalized care that focuses on the patient’s and cancer’s DNA mutations to figure out the best treatment.

Retired 1st Sgt. Jeremy Kitzhaber, 49, considers it a great improvement.

“I’m all for it because I had to go outside of the VA to get it,” he said.

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Author: Dian Welle