Increased Research Spending Means New Hope for Lung Cancer Patients
(March 3, 2016)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) just released the latest information about the amount that it invests in lung cancer research.Funding for lung cancer research is estimated to grow to $362 million this year—up from $349 million in 2015 and $254 million in 2014. This dramatic increase spells new hope for lung cancer patients and their families and marks an inspiring win for the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative, which has worked nonstop the past two years to help make this increase happen! We now have a new goal of the federal government investing $450 million by 2020.
One of our goals, when we launched our LUNG FORCE lung cancer initiative in 2014 was to see the NIH increase its funding for lung cancer research to $300 million by 2020. Since then, an intense advocacy effort has rallied Lung Association volunteers, medical experts and our incredible LUNG FORCE Heroes to convince NIH to increase funding for better detection and treatment of lung cancer. One of our heroes, Lysa, went to Washington and met with key congressional leaders to share her story and promote increased research funding. This bold increase in funding from NIH has now surpassed our initial goal of $300 million!
"Lung cancer kills more Americans than any other cancer. And yet historically, spending on lung cancer research has lagged behind funding for other cancers," said Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. "We launched LUNG FORCE to change that and make curing lung cancer the national priority it should be."
This increased funding comes at a crucial time in the battle against lung cancer. Exciting new developments in precision medicine, immunotherapy and improved techniques for early detection are extending lives. Last year alone, seven new lung cancer drugs were approved by the Federal Drug Administration, bringing new, lifesaving treatment options to patients. And many more promising drugs are in clinical trials.
"We've seen great progress recently in the fight against lung cancer, and we can take great pride in playing a part in that. But we aren't stopping," said Wimmer. "Anyone can get lung cancer, and patients and families are sharing their voices and demanding action. That's why we're setting a new LUNG FORCE goal—to see NIH lung cancer research funding increased to at least $450 million by 2020. This is an aggressive new goalpost, but lives are at stake, and with the help of our volunteers, supporters and especially our LUNG FORCE Heroes, we will reach it."
Are you ready to help cure lung cancer? Join LUNG FORCE and start making a difference today. Has your life been touched by lung cancer? Share your story and increase the national discussion about the leading cancer killer of both men and women in America. Ready to get active to fight lung cancer? Find a LUNG FORCE event near you.