WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's recent report, "Pancreatic Cancer: A trickle of federal funding for a river of need," calls attention to the lack of federal resources allocated to pancreatic cancer research and supports the need for legislation as lawmakers re-introduce the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act today on Capitol Hill. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100914/MM64269) Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) and Reps. Eshoo (D-CA) and Lance (R-NJ) were joined by Lisa Niemi Swayze, wife of actor Patrick Swayze, to announce the re-introduction of the bill. Once enacted and fully funded, the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act will ensure that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) takes the necessary steps to address the astounding mortality of pancreatic cancer by developing a long-term comprehensive strategic plan targeting the disease so patient outcomes will improve in the years to come. "For 40 years, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer has remained in the single digits—despite an increase in the incidence of the disease, despite the fact that it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death and at a time when significant progress has been made on other cancers," stated Julie Fleshman, President and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "The survival rate for pancreatic cancer has remained relatively the same because the federal government's approach to pancreatic cancer has been relatively the same—provide a trickle of research funding as a response to a river of need." "Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer with a survival rate of six percent. Despite the terrifying statistics, it's still one of the most overlooked types of cancer and research continues to be underfunded while the death toll climbs," Rep. Eshoo said. "This bill will ensure that the necessary strategy and resources are in place to improve the lives of those suffering from this terrible disease which today is in almost all cases a death sentence."