Pancreatic Cancer

Monday, December 03, 2012
The survival rate for pancreatic cancer is a mere 6%. Even more alarming is the projected 55% increase in its incidence by 2030. Pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the 4th leading cause of cancer death to the 2nd leading cause of cancer death by 2020, possibly as early as 2015.

In September 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act (H.R. 733), formerly known as the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act. The same day, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee marked up similar legislation. This legislation will require the National Cancer Institute to develop a long-term plan (e.g. scientific framework) for pancreatic cancer research.

On November 29, 2012, the senate passed by voice vote an amendment to include the Recalcitrant Cancer Research legislation in the Defense Authorization Act. This larger defense bill is likely to pass in the coming days and once it does, the House and the Senate will meet to resolve any differences between their two versions of the bill. After they agree on a compromise version, the final bill will be sent to President Obama to sign into law.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( has posted information about this legislation on its website, along with a link for contacting Congressional representatives to urge support of this legislation (

Lisa Schulmeister, RN, MN, APRN-BC, OCN, FAAN
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Lisa Schulmeister, RN, MN, APRN-BC, OCN, FAAN, is the Editor-in-Chief for OncLive Nursing. She is an oncology nursing consultant and adjunct assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She provides continuing nursing education to nurses across the Unites States, is active in several professional nursing organizations, and is intrigued by the many ways nurses use technology to communicate.
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