WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 Tonight, the Presidentsigned into law funding for fiscal year 2009. Included in this omnibus measureis money to fund the Department of Defense and a new $20 million Lung CancerResearch Program.
Lung Cancer Alliance President and CEO Laurie Fenton-Ambrose called thenew program "a turning point for lung cancer."
"This is the breakthrough we have all been working so hard for - ouradvocates, patients and their families, our staff and our Board," she said.
Fenton-Ambrose credited the chairmen of the House and Senate DefenseAppropriations Subcommittees for their support and commitment to the new lungcancer research program.
The legislation notes that lung cancer is the most lethal of all cancers,taking more lives each year than all other major cancers combined and thatmilitary personnel have heightened exposure to lung cancer carcinogens.
"Priority should be given to the development of the integrated componentsto identify, treat and manage early curable lung cancer," it states.
The bill requires the Army to provide a plan for how the funds will bespent and submit that plan to Congress within 120 days.
Lung Cancer Alliance, www.lungcanceralliance.org, is the only nationalnon-profit dedicated exclusively to patient support and advocacy for thoseliving with or at risk for lung cancer.Media Contact: Kay Cofrancesco [email protected]
SOURCE Lung Cancer Alliance