Cancer Research Funding


Cancer research saves lives.   

Every new breakthrough in freeing the world from the pain and suffering of cancer - from new cures to innovative ways to prevent and treat the disease - have one thing in common; the research was in some way funded by the federal government's National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.   

Yet, when adjusting for inflation, federal funding for cancer research has seen huge cuts over the last decade. Increasing funding for cancer research must be a top budget priority for Congress.  

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New proposal could lead to big cuts in cancer research funding

Ask Congress to reject any cuts and support increased funding for cancer and medical research.

Latest Updates

April 16, 2018

Studies have shown that most patients are eager and willing to participate in clinical research, but that only a small fraction of them end up enrolling in clinical trials due to various enrollment barriers.

April 11, 2018

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) today released a report examining the most common patient barriers to cancer clinical trial enrollment. Made public at ACS CAN’s annual national policy forum, the report found only about one in four (27%) patients has access to clinical trials where they are being treated. Yet, if asked to enroll in an available trial, more than half of eligible patients typically agree to do so.

Cancer Candor Blog
March 24, 2018
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Three years ago, ACS CAN launched the One Degree campaign, calling on Congress to increase federal funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $6 billion, including $1 billion for cancer-specific research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It was a lofty goal – but an important one to reverse too many years of flat or reduced funding.

March 23, 2018

The U.S. Senate just passed the STAR Act, a bipartisan bill that lays the groundwork for new breakthroughs in researching and treating childhood cancer.

Cancer Research Funding Resources

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are the foundation of our national  cancer research program and support research in every state. Today, that program is making remarkable progress in every area of discovery to improve cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and care.