Thank You: Lung Cancer Is Now A Federal Research Priority

We did it! Wow, what a way to kick off 2013! This is an incredible day for the entire lung cancer community!

Last night, President Obama signed into law the first ever legislation requiring comprehensive plans of research action for high mortality cancers, with lung and pancreatic cancers given priority status for expedited attention!!

This landmark legislation, included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, requires the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop scientific frameworks for addressing cancers with survival rates of less than 50%, with first priority attention to lung and pancreatic cancers. The framework must be sent to Congress within 18 months.

We have accomplished our core legislative priority – work that began 6 ½ years ago – and did so in the end with a wonderful collaboration with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

We wish to thank you– our wonderful, passionate advocates. You reached out to your members of Congress via phone, email and personal visits. This helped in more ways than you can imagine. Together, we brought lung cancer out of the shadows!