Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers with a five-year survival rate of just six percent. Thanks to the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, a new law enacted in January, there is hope. I would like to thank Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Rep. Doris Matsui for supporting this legislation, which requires the National Cancer Institute to evaluate current efforts in researching pancreatic cancer and focus on ways to improve outcomes for patients.
Due to sequestration, however, federal funding for medical and cancer research has been cut, and the progress we have made is now being threatened. On June 18, I will be joining thousands across the country for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's national call-in to urge Congress to save research that saves lives. With Congress's help, we will be able to develop the tools and treatments so desperately needed.
-- Monique Castano, Sacramento