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Managing the Nation’s Cancer Research Portfolio

Research Focus

This year’s report also focuses on three important research areas that affect many types of cancers. In the first section, on co-morbidities, we discuss our growing understanding of the ways that health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity complicate the treatment of many cancers.  In the next section, on circulating tumor cells, we highlight a new approach to understanding how tumors metastasize.  In the third section, on reducing cancer health disparities, we show how NCI is working to understand and address the disproportionate burden of cancer among various racial and ethnic groups.