Posts tagged NCI
Your Role in Childhood Cancer Research Funding

As advocates in the childhood cancer community know all too well, funding for research is largely dependent on federal funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which supports academic researchers and much of the clinical trials infrastructure that treats and cares for our kids. 
 
The amount that NCI is able to devote to those programs – and other cancer programs -  is, in turn, dependent on what Congress determines in its annual appropriations process. And much of that is determined by how hard advocates - like you – push their members of Congress to make it a priority.

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Easter Recess, NCI Funding, and You:

Members of Congress are back home for a two-week district work period -- also known as Easter Recess. If you're interested in meeting with your Congressional representatives about childhood cancer issues, this is an ideal time to find your Senators and Representative somewhere near you!

When Congress returns to Washington at the end of April, they will resume budget talks for fiscal year 2020. So now is the time to emphasize to your Senators and Representative the life-saving importance of robust funding for the NCI.

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Which Way for Childhood Cancer Funding?

Last month childhood cancer advocates were encouraged – and somewhat surprised – when President Trump announced a childhood cancer research initiative at the State of the Union address, proposed at some $500 million over ten years – or $50 million a year. 

The promise of that extra funding and any new initiatives was thrown into doubt this week with the release of the Administration’s budget proposal.  It recommended that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) be cut by 17% or $897 million; theoretically dwarfing any increase in childhood cancer funding. 

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May is Cancer Research Month

Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease among children and adolescents in the United States. Although substantial progress has been made in the treatment of several types of childhood cancer over the past five decades, progress against other types has been limited.

With your help, we can continue to make our children with cancer a priority for research funding during Cancer Research Month and all year long.

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Rescission Watch: Take action to protect cancer research funding!

We joined with other research advocates to thank Congressional appropriations leaders for securing an unprecedented $3 billion increase in NIH funding as part of the FY2018 omnibus spending bill. This boost to medical research funding comes at a critical time, as advances in precision medicine hold the key to more children surviving and thriving after a cancer diagnosis than ever before.

But then, we started hearing a term called 'rescission' thrown around in Washington. An appropriations process that we had celebrated as a victory for medical research suddenly started to sound not-so-final. 

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Breaking down the Budget: Implications on Public Health

For those of us in the childhood cancer community desperate for new treatments, one of the most important resources is the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The vast majority of childhood cancer research is funded by the NCI, which provides grants to researchers and supports cooperative groups that test new treatments in clinical trials. While Congress doesn't determine the exact amount of funding NCI will spend on pediatric research, a rising tide of funding will ensure that more is dedicated to childhood cancer research. That's why it's critical that we impress upon our representatives the urgency of NCI funding...

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