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Federal Funding for Cancer

by Jay Bitkower on December 1, 2016

We did an analysis of the U.S Federal funding for the top 18 cancer types as a ratio of dollars spent versus the cancer type’s incidence and mortality rates.  For dollars spent per incidence, brain cancer came out on top at $7,686 per incidence, followed by ovarian ($5,010) and leukemia ($4,545). Kidney cancer was in 14th place at $613 per incidence. For dollars spent per mortality, breast cancer came out on top at $15,842 per mortality… More →



AUA Investigator Article

by Jay Bitkower on November 29, 2016

ACKC VP Fred Atkin authored an article for the Fall edition of the American Urological Association’s AUA Investigator:     Action to Cure Kidney Cancer (ACKC) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for increased federal and private funding for kidney cancer research. Thanks to their most recent advocacy efforts, the House passed the FY2017 Defense Appropriations bill, which includes a $10 million budgeted line item designated solely for kidney cancer research under the Congressionally Directed Medical… More →



After years of advocacy emphasizing the lack of kidney cancer federal funding, on Tuesday, May 17th, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY17 Defense Appropriations Act and forwarded the bill to the full House.  The fiscal year 2017 Defense appropriations bill includes a $10 million line item within the Defense Health Program, Congressional Directed Medical Research Program for kidney cancer research. This is great news for the kidney cancer community. If this legislation is enacted,… More →



13 Must-Read Books for Oncologists

by Jay Bitkower on January 7, 2016

The following books were recommended for reading to oncologists by the editors of the oncology journal, Cancer Network. Happy reading!  



ACKC Action Pays Off in Congress Budget Deal

by Jay Bitkower on December 19, 2015

Congress highlights need for National Cancer Institute to increase attention to kidney cancer research and its early detection efforts. Yesterday (December 18, 2015), Congress passed the $1.8 trillion omnibus appropriation bill for Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016). The bill calls for an increase of $2 billion in the NIH budged and $264 million in the National Cancer Institute’s budget, bringing the latter to $5.2 billion. This is good news considering… More →