Cancer Moonshot

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During his State of the Union address on January 12, 2016, President Barack Obama announced the establishment of a new Cancer Moonshot to accelerate cancer research. The initiative—led by Vice President Joe Biden—aims to make more therapies available to more patients, while also improving our ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage.

In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine on May 19, 2016, NCI Acting Director Douglas Lowy, M.D., and NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., explain why they believe the time is right for a renewed surge against cancer.

Learn how NCI is supporting this important initiative, which seeks to accelerate progress in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Task Force

Learn more about the mission, functions, and membership of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force.

Blue Ribbon Panel

The blue ribbon panel, a working group of the National Cancer Advisory Board, will recommend how best to advance the themes of the Cancer Moonshot.

Stay Involved in the Cancer Moonshot

Visit our online platform, Cancer Research Ideas, to see the scientific ideas and suggestions that were submitted to the Cancer Moonshot.

Cancer Moonshot Milestones

Stay up to date with the latest news and activities related to the Cancer Moonshot.

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