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Survivor Story

When Lesa Kirkman's bladder cancer stopped responding to standard treatment, the Niceville, Florida, resident turned to a clinical trial evaluating a new gene therapy for her disease.

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About Cancer

Cancer is not a single disease, but rather a collection of diseases all characterized by the uncontrolled proliferation of cells.

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AACR Cancer Progress Report 2023

AACR President Philip D. Greenberg, MD, FAACR: Envisioning the Future of Cancer Research and Patient Care

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Cancer Types

More than 150,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer last year. Read about the prevention, screening, and treatment options for this type of cancer.

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Leading Discoveries

The current issue of Leading Discoveries magazine, featuring articles on CAR T-cell pioneer Carl June, the formation of the AACR Cancer Centers Alliance to foster collaboration, and much more, is now available.

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Practical Knowledge

Making Treatment Decisions: Abigail Johnston shares how she has approached decisions about her cancer care since she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2017.

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AACR Annual Meeting

Register now to attend the most important cancer meeting of the year.

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AACR Cancer Progress Report 2023

The AACR Cancer Progress Report 2023 provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research-driven advances against the collection of devastating diseases called cancer.

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The AACR: Driving Progress Against Cancer

The AACR and its more than 58,000 members worldwide are advancing a scientifically bold agenda against the collection of diseases we call cancer.

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AACR President Philip D. Greenberg, MD, FAACR

A new wave of research-driven discoveries and technological innovations are delivering – and will propel additional – transformative advances to save more lives from cancer..

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By the Numbers


percent decrease of the overall age-adjusted cancer death rate in the U.S. from 1991 to 2020

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therapeutics were approved for new or expanded uses by the FDA from Aug. 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023

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million cancer survivors in the U.S. are living with, through, and beyond their disease thanks to research

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4 in 10

cancer diagnoses in the United States are associated with preventable risk factors

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