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July 30, 2010 -- In a continuing effort to bring increased research funding to lung cancer, LCA, as a member of the Lethal Cancer Coalition, encouraged Members of Congress to write to Dr. Harold Varmus, the new Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and urge him to consider new approaches in the way NCI addresses the deadliest cancers, defined as those with five-year survival rates below 50%. In addition to lung cancer, these cancers include ovarian, pancreatic, brain, myeloma, stomach, esophageal, and liver. The Lethal Cancer Coalition acknowledges how NCI-supported research has contributed greatly to significant increases in survival rates among certain cancers, such as breast prostate and colon. However, given the lack of progress to date in improving survival rates for the deadliest cancers, such as lung, a new, comprehensive and targeted initiative must be devised that can improve outcomes for those suffering from these deadliest cancers.
To view the Congressional Letter sent to NCI Director Varmus click here.