With President Bush having signed the Hematological
Cancer Research Investment and Education Act on May 14, the NCI will have to
"expand, intensify, and coordinate programs for the conduct and support of
research with respect to blood cancer, and particularly with respect to
leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma."
That is the language in the bill
sponsored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex), who introduced the bill because
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently spends less than 5% of its
research budget on blood cancers, although these diseases account for 11% of
cancer deaths in the United States. "While there is much progress being
reported in our war on cancer, deaths from blood-related cancers are still
increasing," said Sen. Hutchison.
In addition to more research, the bill
also directs the NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services to
undertake a public education campaign.