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Pancreatic Cancer Advocates Call on Congress to Protect Medical Research Funding From Sequestration Cuts
Date:6/17/2013

eral funding for the NCI and NIH is critical to continue the fight against this deadly disease and improve patient outcomes.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has long advocated for ensuring that there is a national strategic plan and accountability for making progress on pancreatic and other recalcitrant cancers and therefore applauds Congress and President Obama for enacting the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act.  This legislation, which was signed into law on January 2, 2013, calls on the NCI to develop scientific frameworks for pancreatic and lung cancer, which will help provide the strategic direction needed to make true progress in these deadly cancers. 

The pancreatic cancer statistics call for aggressive measures now to develop early detection and treatment tools before incidence dramatically increases, but NCI funding is falling dangerously behind. In fact, over the last decade, NIH has lost approximately 20 percent of its purchasing power because funding has not kept pace with the rate of medical inflation. Added to that, the NCI budget for FY 2013 was cut by 5.8 percent, largely as a result of sequestration. For the nation's deadliest cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, the prolonged effects of sequestration over the next decade could be extremely detrimental. Advocates will urge Congress to support a permanent fix for the sequestration and provide sustained adequate cancer research funding to ensure continued innovation in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

"The NIH has been fighting the war against cancer with a shrinking budget for the last decade.  If current funding trends continue over the next decade, we have little hope to see true progress against diseases like pancreatic cancer," added Fleshman. "Furthermore, it will be very difficult to leverage the opportunities that come out of the scientific frameworks developed as a result of the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act unless sustained adequ
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