Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Applauds House Passage Of The Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, Formerly Known As The Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today , the United States House of Representatives passed unanimously the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act (H.R. 733), formerly known as the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act. The bill requires the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to create a long-term plan, referred to as a scientific framework, for pancreatic and other recalcitrant cancers that includes evaluating its current efforts in the disease and making recommendations on ways to accelerate progress and improve outcomes.
"On behalf of all those affected by pancreatic cancer, we applaud the House for passing H.R. 733 today, and commend Representatives Eshoo (D-CA) and Lance (R-NJ) for their leadership and dedication in the fight against pancreatic cancer," said Julie Fleshman, president and chief executive officer of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "Today's victory is a testament to what can be achieved when a group of people are fiercely determined to accomplish a common goal. Our passionate volunteers secured more than 290 bi-partisan co-sponsors in the House prior to its passage. While we still have much work to do before making verifiable scientific advances against pancreatic cancer, this is an extremely important step forward. Today, we have given tomorrow's patients hope."
"The passage of this bill is a critical step towards reaching our goal to double the pancreatic cancer survival rate by 2020," Fleshman continued. "Our hope is that the Senate will pass the bill quickly and that President Obama signs it into law, so the NCI can begin implementing an actionable research plan to accelerate progress and improve outcomes for the disease. To tackle any serious problem—especially one uniquely challenging like pancreatic cancer—there must be a plan of attack. This legislation will put a greater focus on pancreatic cancer and other similarly deadly cancers."
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