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August 6, 2008-- LCA joined twelve other cancer organizations to advocate for increased federal research funding for the “most lethal forms of cancer". The most lethal cancers are those whose five year survival rates fall below 45%.
In collaboration with leadership from organizations representing pancreatic, liver, esophageal, stomach, brain, multiple myeloma, and ovarian cancers, LCA President and CEO, Laurie Fenton Ambrose and LCA Staffer Sheila Ross helped draft first–ever correspondence to recommend that a “targeted program” devoted specifically to these lethal cancers be established within the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
The letter, sent to Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) who are leading the effort to revitalize the National Cancer Act of 1971, lays out details of a program that would require a comprehensive plan of research activities necessary to increase survival well above the 50% survival threshold; be authorized at a level commensurate to these cancers’ mortality and public health impact; conduct research activities through its own grant making authority and through leveraging grant making authority of other NCI divisions and programs.
The letter also lays out specific recommendations for legislation consideration and points out that more than half of the 565,650 cancer deaths expected in 2008 will be caused by these eight forms of cancer.
Read the letter to Senators Kennedy and Hutchison
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