Our Priorities

Congress sets the spending priorities and funds the federal government each year. That’s why our advocacy efforts are focused on reaching and influencing members of the 117th Congress. PanCAN advocates (that’s you!) accelerate progress by urging Congress – on both sides of the aisle – to prioritize pancreatic cancer and lifesaving cancer research so scientific progress continues for the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Join our fight.


Invest $20 million in the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program at the DoD to support leading-edge research focused on the disease

In 2019, PanCAN advocates delivered a win when Congress created a program dedicated to pancreatic cancer research at the Department of Defense. In 2020, the funding for the program was increased from $6 million to $15 million – A huge win for the pancreatic cancer community and a big step forward.

This year, we’re urging Congress to invest $20 million for the program to help provide more opportunities for research to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients.

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Increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The NIH is the single largest source of pancreatic cancer research. This year, PanCAN is urging Congress to increase the investment to $46.11 billion for the NIH and $7.6 billion for NCI.

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Join the Congressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers

The Deadliest Cancer Caucus – which is open to all U.S. Senators and Representatives – raises awareness and advocates for research funding and other measures to increase survival rates for these cancers.

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