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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

Jan 24, 2011 Press Release

As President Obama prepares to lay out his plans for the coming year in tomorrow’s State of the Union Address, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) says renewed attention on cancer research holds the promise of not only improving quality of life but boosting our national economy. 

Nov 3, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced over $1.85 million in federal funding to support cutting edge research and jobs at 6 Western New York small businesses.  The companies along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and at other locations in the area were among the 2,923 biotechnology businesses nationwide awarded credits under the therapeutic discovery project program.

Oct 28, 2010 Press Release

As the nation recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness month, Buffalo resident Mike Story and his daughter Carly are sharing their story with Western New York and the country to draw attention to the issue and try to help others. And while Mike shares the story of his fight, childhood friend Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) continues his fight for increased federal funding for cancer research and treatment at facilities like Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) right here in Western New York and others across the nation.  

Aug 18, 2010 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) presented Kaleida Health with a $297,000 federal grant to support its heart and vascular institute that is currently under construction next to Buffalo General Hospital. This comes in addition to $329,670 in federal funding Congressmembers Higgins and Slaughter secured for the project last year.
Aug 17, 2010 Press Release

BUFFALO, NY – Local cancer advocates today marked a historic milestone in the fight against two of the deadliest cancers for women.  August marks the 20th anniversary of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), which provides access to lifesaving cancer screenings and treatment for millions of low-income and uninsured women.

Feb 4, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House of Representatives Cancer Caucus, recognized February 4, 2010 as World Cancer Day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) cancer deaths worldwide will increase 45% - from 7.6 million this year to 17 million by 2030 if more isn’t done to tackle this urgent issue. At the same time the WHO said that up to 40% of all cancer deaths can potentially be avoided with better awareness and prevention.
Dec 15, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in approving a resolution he cosponsored supporting the use of mammography screening as a valuable tool in the early detection of cancer.
Nov 12, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Higgins joined the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the New York Biotechnology Association for a news conference at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to announce findings of a new study by Archstone LLC which shows the biopharmaceutical industry’s strong potential for helping to grow the regional and state economy well into the future.
Nov 7, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in approving the Affordable Health Care For America Act.
Sep 14, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that researchers at Cleveland Biolabs, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the University at Buffalo have been awarded $1,504,794 in grants made available through Recovery Act funding authorized for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).