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NATIONAL POLITICS & POLICY | Defense Spending Bill To Include $138M for DOD Breast Cancer Research Programs

NATIONAL POLITICS & POLICY | Defense Spending Bill To Include $138M for DOD Breast Cancer Research Programs
[Nov. 12, 2007]

The fiscal year 2008 Defense spending bill, which recently was approved in Congress and President Bush is expected to sign, includes $138 million in funding for Department of Defense peer-reviewed breast cancer research programs, a $10.5 million increase over the FY 2007 appropriation, CQ Today reports.

Some proponents of the program have said it has allowed development of new methods of extracting breast cancer cells, studies of the interaction between genes and the environment in causing the disease, as well as Roche's breast cancer drug Herceptin. "This funding increase is a major victory for the continuation of innovative and significant breast cancer research," Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, recently said in a news release, adding, "Across the nation, women and men with breast cancer and their families look to this program for cutting-edge cancer research."

The bill also would provide $10 million for the agency's ovarian cancer research program (CQ Today, 11/9).