Lance Introduces Pancreatic Cancer Research Act

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Rep. Leonard Lance and Edison resident Todd Cohen, media representative for the New Jersey Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are pictured in this photo provided by the Congressman’s office.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Leonard Lance joined pancreatic activists Wednesday to announce the introduction of the “Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act.”

Lance (R-NJ) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) unveiled the legislation at a Capitol Hill press conference that was also attended by Lisa Swayze, wife of the late Patrick Swayze who died of pancreatic cancer, and New Jersey Pancreatic Cancer Action Network activists Michael Weinstein and Todd Cohen.

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“Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths.  It is a disease without any cure or means of early detection,” Lance said.  “The Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act seeks to bring a greater focus on this disease while giving researchers the tools and resources they need to develop treatments and hopefully cures for pancreatic cancer patients.”

The Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act would establish a national Pancreatic Cancer Initiative, creating a strategic plan for targeting the disease and giving NCI the tools it needs for earlier diagnosis, better treatment, and hope for a cure.

“We are extremely excited that Representative Lance got involved with the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act,” said Cohen, who serves as New Jersey’s PCAN media representative.  “This disease took the life of my father, and many of my friends have battled it as well.  It is good to see others that are suffering from this disease have a light at the end of the tunnel.”


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