Bipartisan Legislation Would Expand Chronic Pain Research; Benefit Cancer Patients and Survivors

May 23, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 23, 2016 The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) applauds the introduction of the STOP Pain Act (H.R. 5249) bipartisan legislation that would work to expand research on chronic pain at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In a letter to the bill sponsors, ACS CAN thanked Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) for making chronic pain research a priority by directing NIH to increase research into understanding pain, the discovery of chronic pain therapies, and the development of alternative medicines to opioids for effective pain treatment.

We hope that through the NIH Coordinating Committee more emphasis and resources will be targeted to research initiatives that promote pain and symptom management with the goal of improving quality of life for cancer patients, survivors, and others with serious diseases, the letter stated.

Read the full text of the letter for more information.


ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.ξ ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit



Jill Courtney or Alissa Crispino

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Phone: (202) 585-3278 or (202) 661-5772

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

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