Tell Congress Not to Cut Colorectal Cancer Funding
Posted Feb 19 2011 4:05pm
The spending bill the House of Representatives is considering proposes drastic cuts to colorectal cancer programs. While everyone agrees that budget cuts are needed to reduce the federal deficit, it is up to us to tell Congress where our priorities lie so that they do not pass a bill that is harmful to cancer patients. We cannot afford to stay silent and see drastic cuts to funding for federal colorectal cancer programs.
The majority of all colorectal cancer research, including clinical trials, is conducted by the federal government. Federal funding also supports colorectal cancer symptom awareness and screening programs.
Eight years ago, Gordon was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. Since then, he’s had radiation, chemotherapy, two liver resections, colon resection, radiofrequency ablation, and two lung resections. Like many cancer patients, Gordon’s doctor referred him to a clinical trial. Gordon and his doctors credit the treatment he received in a federally funded clinical trial and continuing chemo with saving his life.