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National Cancer Research Month

About National Cancer Research Month

May is National Cancer Research Month, and each year, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) partners with cancer centers, institutions, researchers and physician-scientists, and others to encourage awareness and action on the prevention, treatment, and cure of all forms of cancer.

During the past twelve months, many cancer research labs have focused their expertise on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic while oncologists and nurses are on the front lines of caring for patients with cancer and others infected with the novel coronavirus.

This global undertaking highlights the importance of scientific collaboration and the exchange of information for cancer and all biomedical research. The vital work of cancer researchers around the world and all those who support them is essential to defeat these diseases.

Cancer Research Saves Lives!

We invite you to join the AACR in support of National Cancer Research Month using the hashtags #NCRM21 and #ResearchSavesLives as a global awareness campaign highlighting the importance of lifesaving cancer research and all biomedical research. 

How You Can Help

  • Share your stories about researchers, physicians, patients, advocates, and community members who have participated in and/or benefited from cancer research using the official National Cancer Research Month hashtags—#NCRM21 and #ResearchSavesLives. Create web stories, blog posts, or a news release about your research and mention that May is National Cancer Research Month.
  • Engage on social media. Share these stories, including videos or photos, on your website and social media using the official National Cancer Research Month hashtags—#NCRM21 and #ResearchSavesLives—or link back to this webpage. The AACR will also promote your posts on our Twitter and Facebook feeds.
  • 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 leading-edge projects that will lead to new, better treatments and cures for a variety of diseases, including the collection of devastating diseases we call cancer. Learn more about the AACR’s science policy and government affairs work.
  • Use our resources, including articles from AACR’s Cancer Today patient magazine, the AACR Legislative Action Center, news from our Cancer Research Catalyst blog, the monthly e-newsletter Cancer Policy Monitor, and more. We will update the resources throughout May. A social media resource kit containing graphics and images is available for you to download and use—including Photoshop templates that you can use to create your own graphics. We are happy to work with you to meet any additional graphic needs.
Download the Social Media Toolkit

Learn More

  • AACR Cancer Progress Report: Read a summary of recent advances in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer, and learn about the personal experiences of cancer survivors who have benefited from these advances.
  • AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report: This first-of-its-kind report highlights areas of progress in addressing the challenge of cancer health disparities and emphasizes the need for continued research and increased collaboration among stakeholders in order to achieve the bold vision of health equity. It concludes with a call to action to Congress and to all stakeholders in the cancer community and recommends specific steps to eliminate health inequities.
  • Read the following articles from Cancer Today, the authoritative resource for patients with cancer, survivors, and their family members and friends:
    • Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence”: Experts discuss the role of the cancer community in circulating accurate information that fosters trust in COVID-19 vaccines among cancer patients and survivors. 
    • Immunotherapy Shows Promise for Treating Brain Metastases”: Immunotherapies capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier are increasing the previously limited range of treatment options for people with brain metastases.
    • Living Beyond a Diagnosis”: Triple-negative breast cancer survivor and author Judy Pearson shares the most important lessons she learned following her diagnosis.
  • Read these blog posts from 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, collaboration, science policy and advocacy, and funding for cancer research.
  • About Cancer: Learn about different types of cancer, cancer research, clinical trials, and more.

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

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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 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
ColdSpring 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
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)
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
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association
Ludwig Cancer Research Foundation of America
Lustgarten Foundation
LymphomaResearch 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
NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center
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
Radiation Oncology Institute
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Rush University Medical Center
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health
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
Texas Advanced Computing Center (University of Texas at Austin)


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
University of Wisconsin Carbone 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 [email protected].