A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan) for initiating this effort and who did a great deal of work on this bill. Initially this bill was proposed by PanCan to just cover pancreatic cancer which has a survival rate of six percent (6%). Lung Cancer Alliance’s Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act which just addressed lung cancer and was initiated many years ago was in the same position of singling out just one cancer.
Organizations that represented other recalcitrant cancers (cancers that have a very low survival rate) came together and proposed that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) would be required to identify two or more cancers that meet the established criteria -- a 5 year survival rate of less than 20% and a death rate of at least 30,000, which is what allowed lung cancer to be included and prioritized with pancreatic cancer in this bill.
It is because of this true collaborative effort that the lung, pancreatic and other recalcitrant cancer communities are celebrating today. The collaboration and compromise, countless hours put in by many, and the persistence by all involved is what gave this bill the momentum it needed to become law.
The landmark legislation requires NCI to examine its current research efforts on cancers with very low survival rates, giving lung cancer and pancreatic cancer a priority. NCI will work to develop scientific frameworks that support progress in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of these deadly cancers. At any time, NCI may identify other recalcitrant cancers, defined as cancers with survival rates of below 50%, in which to conduct a scientific framework.
This is a huge milestone for the lung cancer and pancreatic cancer communities as well as other recalcitrant cancer communities and a testament to how powerful collaboration can be in the world of cancer.
We'd like to thank PanCan for all of their efforts in making this a reality.
Sincerely the members of LungCAN®,
American Lung Association
Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
Cancer Support Community
Cancer Survivors Against Radon
Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program
The CHEST Foundation
Dusty Joy Foundation
Gianni Ferrarotti Lung Cancer Foundation
Lung Cancer Alliance
Lung Cancer Circle of Hope
Lung Cancer Foundation of America
National Lung Cancer Partnership
Respiratory Health Association
Rexanna's Foundation for Fighting Lung Cancer
Uniting Against Lung Cancer
Upstage Lung Cancer
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