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The federal budget cuts have forced some cancer clinics to turn away patients.

Doctors and cancer researchers are becoming some of the loudest voices of opposition to the across-the-board budget cuts called sequestration.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and nearly 200 national organizations are teaming up at the Rally for Medical Research at the Carnegie Library today at 11 a.m. They don't like that the sequester is cutting cancer research by more than $200 million this year alone.

Meanwhile cancer clinics are still up in arms over a budget cut to cancer drugs for Medicare patients, which is causing some clinics to turn away thousands of patients.

Maryland Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen says turning away cancer patients is unacceptable.

"I hope this will finally capture the attention of some of our colleagues who have sort of been whistling by the graveyard as these things pop up," says Van Hollen.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is also asking advocates who can't make the rally to call their lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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