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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Cancer Candor Blog
October 12, 2018

Last month marked a significant step forward in our commitment to make federal funding for cancer research a national priority.

October 11, 2018
New Hampshire

At the end of September, nearly 700 cancer patients, survivors, volunteers and staff from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district gathered in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Advocates urged Congress to take steps

October 5, 2018

Nashville, Tenn. – (Oct. 5, 2018) – American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released a voter guide that details where the two major candidates for Tennessee’s United States Senate seat stand on three important federal policy issues that affect cancer prevention and treatment. “We want voters to

October 5, 2018

By an overwhelming bipartisan vote, Congress approved a major increase in funding for cancer and medical research. The FY19 federal budget includes an additional $2 billion for research at the National Institutes of Health. ACS CAN volunteers played a critical role in securing this funding increase. Throughout this year, volunteers

Cancer Research Funding Resources

"Congress should continue its bipartisan commitment and capitalize on the prior investments in medical research by ensuring that commitment continues this year by approving at least a $2 billion increase for NIH ..."

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.