Cancer Research Funding

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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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Congress: Increase funding for cancer research

As Congress negotiates a final budget for the coming year, it's critical that they make fighting cancer a top priority.

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June 30, 2022
National

The House Appropriations Committee will vote today to approve its FY 2023 spending bill including a $2.5 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $466 million funding boost for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and $2.75 billion for the Advanced Research Projects Agency on Health (ARPA-H).

May 25, 2022
National

Dr. Karen E. Knudsen, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), will testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education, and related agencies today in support of increased federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

May 11, 2022
National

Eighty-seven organizations representing patients with chronic and acute health conditions, sent a letter to Congress today urging them to improve the diversity of enrollment in clinical trials as part of this year’s Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) reauthorization.

April 4, 2022
National

National Cancer Institute (NCI) director, Dr. Ned Sharpless, has announced he intends to leave his post at NCI at the end of April. Dr. Sharpless has led the Institute for five years during which time he proved to be a tireless advocate for increased investment in cancer research.

Cancer Research Funding Resources

In response to a request for information related to the 21st Century Cures 2.0 initiative, ACS CAN provided comments regarding the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). 

The National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides technical, operational, and financial support to almost all state cancer registries to help ensure data collected are representative of the U.S. population.