Thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer every year and many will die of the disease. Cancer affects physical, emotional, and social health and areas of life from family and education to work and financial circumstances. Billions of dollars are spent taking care of people with cancer.
Since 1990, cancer death rates in the U.S. have dropped each year. Much of the advancement is due to cancer research. Each year NCI funds more than 1,500 research studies with humans (called clinical research studies or clinical trials). Search the NCI Funded Research Portfolio to find where your investment in cancer research is going.
NCI's budget has been flat since 2004, resulting in a 21% decline in purchasing power when taking inflation into account. This financial situation has resulted in reduced funding for researchers who are investigating promising ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.
Future success in reducing and managing cancer in the U.S. rests on our ability to work together to address disease in an integrated fashion. This includes coordination of basic science, translational and clinical research, and healthcare delivery using new technologies and information management to speed progress.
NCI experts are often asked to testify on a wide range of cancer-related topics in Congress. Their testimony as well as information about proposed legislation that would impact cancer care in the U.S. is made available to members of the community.
People who participate in cancer research are more than just patients, healthcare providers, or scientists. They are real people with full lives who give their time and energy to make life better for others.