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We're Beating Cancer, So Why Stall Funding for Research? VICC Director Comments in The Tennessean

Vanderbilt-Ingram's Director, Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., did a guest editorial for the August 28th Tennessean:

“Earlier this year, with surprisingly little media attention, we celebrated a major milestone in the fight against cancer — for the first time in record-keeping history, the number of American lives lost to cancer declined.

"This is a remarkable accomplishment, particularly in light of our aging and growing population....

"However, at what should be a time of great hope and optimism, there instead is growing a sense of dread among those of us who have dedicated our lives to the fight against cancer.

"After years of strong national commitment to biomedical research, and a doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget between 1998 and 2003, national research funding has taken a sudden dismal turn...."