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Cancer Research


Over 100 years ago Western New York gave modern cancer research to the world through what would become the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Today our region continues to lead the way in medical and scientific research. As a Member of the House Cancer Caucus, Brian has been a steadfast supporter for cancer research, both for local researchers and for the nation’s cancer program generally. Brian has led efforts among his colleagues to increase funding for cancer research and is engaged with the cancer community on innovations that will alleviate suffering due to cancer and ultimately find a cure. Brian has introduced H.R. 1801, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, which would require health insurance companies to provide the same coverage for new, promising orally-administered anti-cancer medication as it does for traditional intravenous chemotherapy. 


More on Cancer Research

Jun 11, 2020 Press Release

United States Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center will receive $600,456 in federal funding to expand telehealth services to Western New Yorkers. The funding, included by Congress in the CARES Act, is distributed through the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Both Senator Schumer and Congressman Higgins reached out to the FCC to advocate on behalf of Roswell Park.

Feb 4, 2020 Press Release

House of Representatives Cancer Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is advocating for a significant increase in the nation’s investment in medical research and hopes initiatives to advance better treatments are included in the State of the Union address taking place on February 4, 2020, which is also World Cancer Day.  Higgins also hopes to see additional funding for research included in the President’s 2021 budget scheduled for release next week.  

Jun 10, 2019 Press Release

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has affirmed its support for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, renewing its status as one of 50 elite Comprehensive Cancer Centers and awarding a $22.5 million Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) to fund core research and education programs — the largest such award and highest application score in Roswell Park’s history. Roswell Park has held this prestigious NCI designation continuously since it became one of the nation’s very first Comprehensive Cancer Centers more than 45 years ago.

Apr 3, 2019 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Peter King (R-NY-2) are leading a bipartisan effort in Congress to provide at least $6.522 billion in overall funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Fiscal Year 2020, a $378 million increase over FY2019 levels, and $1.275 billion more than proposed in the White House 2020 budget. 

Mar 27, 2019 Press Release

ring a House Budget Committee hearing with the Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) raised serious questions about the rationale of cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in cancer research funding from the 2020 budget.


Mar 12, 2019 Press Release

In a House of Representatives Budget Committee hearing reviewing the recently released 2020 budget proposed by President Trump, Budget Committee member Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) questioned the Administration’s justification for drastic cuts in medical research generally, and cancer research specifically. 

Feb 4, 2019 Press Release

The nation’s fight against cancer has champions on the House of Representatives Cancer Caucus.  Leading the Caucus in the new Congress are Co-Chairs Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), Peter King (R-NY-3), Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1).

Apr 18, 2018 Press Release


Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) are supporting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s application to renew the facility’s esteemed standing as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center, which also guarantees a federal commitment of millions of dollars. 


Feb 14, 2018 Press Release

Following release of President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Budget Committee, is outlining how the proposal would impact the people of Western New York as well as the projects and priorities of importance to the region.