(February 7, 2000)

February 7, 2000

Richard Klausner, M.D.
Director, National Cancer Institute
31 Center Drive - MSC 2590
Bldg. 31 - Room 11-A-48
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2590

Dear Dr. Klausner:

As organizations committed to securing ample federal funding for cancer research, we are frequently asked to review and support the recommendations of the "professional judgment" budget of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) or others urging increased funding for NCI or the National Institutes of Health generally. The budget for NCI has no more faithful supporters than the undersigned groups. However, we want our advocacy of the By-Pass Budget to be well informed and integral to our respective missions of advancing all aspects of cancer research, including cancer control, prevention, and treatment. More specifically, our support for your research recommendations will be facilitated greatly if we have been active participants in the development of those recommendations.

We are pleased to know of prospective enhancements to the current process for receiving input into the By-Pass Budget from the private sector. Under your leadership, we have confidence that you will find ways to be as inclusive as possible in order to manage this input. To assure the best result, we would like to make the following suggestions for your consideration as this planning process takes shape:

It is because of your dynamic leadership in bringing diverse parties together around complex issues that we have confidence in your ability to recast the process for having input into the planning and budget process of the NCI. When the process is made even more inclusive and transparent, the advocacy of the cancer community for NCI funding increases will be strengthened.

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss ways in which reform of the budget process can become reality during your tenure.

The undersigned groups meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues related to assuring that high quality research is applied across all populations in a timely fashion. We would like very much for you to consider this letter an invitation to meet with us at our March 14 meeting. We believe additional dialogue will ensure that the positive interface you have created with members of our community will continue in the years to come.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.


Cancer Leadership Council

Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Cancer Care, Inc.
Cancer Research Foundation of America
Cure For Lymphoma Foundation
Kidney Cancer Association
Leukemia Society of America, Inc.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
National Patient Advocate Foundation
North American Brain Tumor Coalition
Oncology Nursing Society
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
US-TOO International, Inc.
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization

Ellen Stovall, Director
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
1010 Wayne Avenue - Fifth Floor
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Phone: 301/650-9127
Fax: 301/565-9670