The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan) appears to be the only
significant Washington interest group solely devoted to finding a cure
specifically for pancreatic cancer. A link to their website is below:
Regarding their public policy efforts, their website reads:
PanCAN educates the public, legislators, federal and state agency
officials as well as health and research communities about pancreatic
cancer, the risks of the disease and the latest advancements in
treatment, detection and prevention. PanCAN advocates for increased
funding for pancreatic cancer from the national government. The
National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the governmental agency that funds
cancer research. PanCANs efforts have helped to implement
congressional language that expresses concern about pancreatic cancer.
These efforts will help to ensure that pancreatic cancer research
receives greater research funding, and that other areas of concern for
pancreatic cancer such as awareness, education and translational
research are improved upon.
While collecting donations is an important part of a cancer research
group's funding, the largest financial support comes from the federal
The National Cancer Institute is the primary organization that deals
with federal funding for Cancer Research. In the past four years,
according to PanCan, federal funding for pancreatic research has more
than doubled, going from $17.5 million in 1999 to $36.5 million in
2003. PanCan believes their lobbying efforts have helped in
accomplishing this fundraising increase.
Here is a link to PanCans public policy agenda:
Find out more about the National Cancer Institute here:
Pancreatic cancer research also benefits from efforts by broader
cancer research groups such as the National Comprehensive Cancer
Network, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and the Eastern
Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). Their websites are listed below:
Google Search Terms: Pancreatic Cancer Washington DC
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