​Cancer Progress Report 2017 Congressional Briefing

Harnessing Research Discoveries to Save Lives

Date: Sept. 13, 2017.

Watch the briefing video.

The annual AACR Cancer Progress Report to Congress and the American public, now in its seventh edition, is a cornerstone of the efforts of the AACR to educate the public about cancer and the importance of biomedical research, as well as to advocate for increased federal funding for the NIH, NCI, and FDA. This year’s report chronicles how federally funded research continues to improve lives, and it shows that our ability to fully capitalize on our ever-growing knowledge of cancer is dependent on robust, sustained, and predictable federal funding. The report highlights how recent advances across the clinical cancer care continuum, in particular immunotherapy and molecularly-targeted therapies, are helping cancer patients and their families. This year’s report also focuses on the continued challenges we face in addressing cancer health disparities.

The American Association for Cancer Research is pleased to host this briefing that will highlight some of the exciting developments and advances in cancer research and illustrate the hope that these advances are bringing to cancer patients.  



  • Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Chief Executive Officer of the AACR

Opening Remarks

  • The Honorable Charlie Dent, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District (Invited)
  • The Honorable Jamie Raskin, U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District (Invited)


  • Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, President of the AACR and Chair, AACR Cancer Progress Report 2017; CEO and Director, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute; Professor of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, Ohio
  •  John D. Carpten, PhD, Chair, Dept. of Translational Genomics, Keck School ofMedicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • Carrie Best, Merkel cell carcinoma survivor, Plain City, Ohio
  • Teri Woodhull, Ovarian cancer survivor, Minnetonka, Minnesota

With special thanks to Senator Chris Van Hollen for assistance with logistics.