National Cancer Research Month     

About National Cancer Research Month

Each May, the AACR celebrates National Cancer Research Month, which recognizes the importance of cancer research and the contributions of researchers, physician-scientists, survivors, and patient advocates across the United States who are dedicated to the conquest of cancer.

How You Can Help

Call on Congress to make cancer research a top national priority
Robust, sustained, and predictable federal funding is crucial for researchers to plan and continue the cutting-edge projects that will lead to new, better treatments and cures for a variety of diseases, including the more than 200 diseases we collectively call cancer. Learn more about the AACR’s science policy and government affairs work.

Learn how you can take action on behalf of the AACR.

Donate to the AACR Foundation
The AACR Foundation accelerates progress in the conquest of cancer by providing financial support for cancer research that has the highest potential for impact. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) endorses the American Association for Cancer Research as a BBB Wise Giving Alliance charity.

Real Hope Is...

Share your stories of hope, as in this short video featuring five cancer survivors. Post a photo or video on your social networks using the hashtag #RealHopeIs to let the world know what real hope means to you. Or, post it to the National Cancer Research Month Facebook page.  

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Learn More

  • About Cancer: ​Learn about different types of cancer, cancer research, clinical trials, and more.
  • AACR Cancer Progress Report 2016: Read a summary of where we are, and where we're going in cancer research.
  • Read the following resources from Cancer Today, the authoritative resource for cancer patients, survivors, and their family members and friends:
    • "A Prescription for Prevention?": Scientists are working to understand the molecular processes that transform normal cells into cancer cells in the hope they can prevent the disease before it starts.
    • "Advances in Treating Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer": The treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) took another leap forward in 2016 with approvals from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for expanded and refined uses of four cancer drugs.
    • "Making a Match": Combinations of drugs can be more effective than one drug working alone, but combining treatments can increase the risk of severe side effects.
    • "Screening Gets Personal": Conflicting and changing cancer screening guidelines have led to uncertainty and controversy. Can screening recommendations tailored for groups or individuals enhance benefits and reduce harms?
    • "Treatment Is Waiting": Keeping a close eye on slow-growing blood cancers may be a better option than actively treating them.
    • "Can Big Data Launch Cancer Research?": Large-scale analyses of big data in cancer medicine promise to yield insights into disease and treatment that could transform care.
  • Cancer Policy Monitor: Read this monthly electronic newsletter to be fully informed about the federal policies that influence cancer research.
  • Read Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the AACR.
  • AACR Annual Report: Read about the AACR’s progress over the past year in support of our mission: to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration.

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The AACR thanks the following cancer centers, research institutions, scientific societies, hospitals, advocacy groups, and other organizations that have supported National Cancer Research Month:

Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2)
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Childhood Cancer Organization
American College of Radiology
American Institute for Cancer Research
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society for Radiation Oncology
American Society of Hematology
American Society of Preventive Oncology
Arizona Cancer Center
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Association of American Cancer Institutes
Australian Cancer Research Foundation
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
The Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Cancer Prevention Institute of California
Cancer Research Institute
Cancer Therapy & Research Center, UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Caring for Carcinoid Foundation
The Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
City of Hope
Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center
Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center
The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
Duke Cancer Institute
ENACCT – Education Network to Advance Clinical Cancer Trials
Fight Colorectal Cancer
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Friends of Cancer Research
Genetic Research Institute of the Desert
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids
Hollings Cancer Center
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
International Cancer Advocacy Network
International Myeloma Foundation
The Jackson Laboratory
Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association
Ludwig Cancer Research Foundation of America
Lustgarten Foundation
Lymphoma Research Foundation
Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky
Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Melanoma Research Alliance
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Moffitt Cancer Center
National Brain Tumor Society
National Cancer Institute
National Coalition for Cancer Research
Nebraska Hematology-Oncology
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
North Carolina Central University
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
Oncology Nursing Society
OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Rush University Medical Center
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Texas Advanced Computing Center (University of Texas at Austin)
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Stand Up To Cancer
Stanford Cancer Institute
Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
UC Cancer Institute and the Barrett Cancer Center
UC Davis Cancer Center
UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
UK Markey Cancer Center
University of Arizona Cancer Center
The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Colorado Cancer Center
University of Florida Shands Cancer Center
University of Hawai'i Cancer Center
University of Illinois Cancer Center
University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of New Mexico Cancer Center
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
The University of Texas Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center
University of Virginia Cancer Center
The UNMC Eppley Cancer Center
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Van Andel Institute 
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Vermont Cancer Center
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
The Wistar Institute
Yale Cancer Center

If you would like to support National Cancer Research Month, please email

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Burnham Medical Research Institute

Cancer Therapy & Research Center, UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center

Hollings Cancer Center

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

National Cancer Institute

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Penn Abramson Cancer Center

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Vermont Cancer Center

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

University of New Mexico Cancer Center

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center