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ASTRO urges Congress to increase investments in cancer research

January 11, 2022

In a recent letter to leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS), ASTRO and 49 other member organizations of the One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) coalition urged prioritization of cancer research and prevention funding in the FY2022 LHHS Appropriations bill.

Specifically, the coalition asks for:

  • $7.609 billion for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the amount recommended by NCI in its FY 2022 professional judgment budget.
  • $51.733 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the amount requested in the President’s budget.
  • $559 million for the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

The letter also highlights the increased demand for research funding at NCI which is far beyond that of any other institute or center. This demand reflects the progress being made in cancer research and the need to continue the increases in funding which Congress has historically provided.