PCPC3 fully supportive of Durbin amendment to save funding for cancer research at the DoD

PCPC3 urges the entire cancer community to support and get behind the Durbin amendment to the proposed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will be debated by the U.S. Congress next week.

As written, the NDAA will effectively eliminate the entire Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) within the Department of Defense – inclusive of the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) and other cancer research programs too. The PCRP has been a critical component of the nation’s prostate cancer research initiatives for the past 20+ years, and the largest source of federal funding designated exclusively exclusively for prostate cancer research.

Senator Durbin has proposed an amendment to the NDAA that would ensure that the CDMRP (and the PCRP) will continue to exist as an important and viable source of funding for cancer research (and prostate cancer research in particular).

PCPC3 urges patients and other members of the prostate cancer community – and other members of the cancer community too — to call or e-mail your Senators’ offices and to demand that they support the Durbin amendment to the NCAA.

About PCPC3

PCPC3 — the patient-centered prostate cancer collaborative coalition — is a group of independent, not-for-profit, patient-centric organizations whose primary goals include the education and support of men diagnosed with prostate cancer, their family members and care-givers, and all men at risk for prostate cancer. For more information about PCPC3, please see the PCPC3 web site.

PCPC3 statements must be approved by 66% or more of the full members of the organization before they are placed on our web site. The statement above has been approved by the following members of PCPC3:

  • Malecare
  • Prostate Advocates Aiding Choices in Treatments (PAACT)
  • Prostate Cancer International (PCaI)
  • The Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC)
  • The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)
  • Us TOO International

Additional signatories

The following additional non-members of PCPC3 have also signed on to this statement:

  • The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI)

2 thoughts on “PCPC3 fully supportive of Durbin amendment to save funding for cancer research at the DoD

  1. With all due respect, with an issue of such vital importance, it would well worth noting how to get action in Washington D.C. from the breast cancer movement in the 1980’s and 90’s. It would be very easy for this organization to draft an email, or copy that men could use…copy and paste…to leave a message in a Senator’s comment communication. It is even possible to prepare an automatically prepared email that men would need only address and “sign.”

    To write: “PCPC3 urges patients and other members of the prostate cancer community – and other members of the cancer community too — to call or e-mail your Senators’ offices and to demand that they support the Durbin amendment to the NCAA.” is not likely to produce the volume that Washington will notice.

    Just think, with so many men elected to Congress, how could this even be an issue?

    The prostate cancer organizations need to buy the breast cancer playbook, collaborate with each other, and perhaps hire some of the people that created the hugely successful Congressional breast cancer campaign.

    We’re not going to make it if you don’t.

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    • Dear Richard:

      You are right … and normally we would have been able to refer you to a pre-drafted letter on the ZERO web site. … Quite why they haven’t done this yet, I am not sure, but I will be sure to add that link as soon as it is available.

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