Blogger Questions Whether Cancer Care Is Too Expensive For Poor Countries. In the blog "Humanosphere," Tom Paulson noted that the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently "called upon President Barack Obama to push the United Nations to add cancer to the list of priority diseases in global health." Paulson said that the UN, which is "holding a special high-level meeting" on non-communicable diseases in September, "seems likely to do so," especially considering the fact that the UN’s "World Health Organization already resolved to do this last year." However, Paulson added, the big question that given that the "international community is already having trouble meeting the demand for simpler and cheaper health interventions (children’s vaccines, basic antibiotics, malaria drugs) is much of cancer care too expensive for the global health agenda?" He invited readers to submit opinions.