Nothing Will Stop Us.
In 1971, a single piece of legislation changed how we view cancer care forever. The National Cancer Act cemented our nation’s commitment to science, establishing networks of cancer centers, clinical trials, data collection systems, and advanced research. Join us as we share these stories of progress and the people, past and present, who have made progress possible.
Just as every cancer is unique, so too are the stories of the people and events that have transformed cancer research and care. They are the pioneers of advocacy, the researchers and scientists discovering new treatments and prevention approaches, and the doctors who deeply care about improving the lives of their patients. They are the social workers, patient educators, administrators, and technicians. Most importantly, they are the patients, who are also our friends, family, and sometimes even ourselves.
Advocates and Allies: The Pioneers of Progress
Cancer advocates have a long history of making sure patients' voices get heard. In fact, one notable advocate had a major role in making the National Cancer Act a reality. Meet these not-so-silent allies of yesterday and today who challenge the status quo, push for progress, and accelerate change in the world of cancer.
Hope for Millions through Cancer Centers
NCI-Designated Cancer Centers provide breakthrough approaches to preventing, diagnosing, and treating all types of cancers. Today, there are 71 centers in 36 states that are composed of multidisciplinary teams that deliver cutting-edge research, clinical trials, and state-of-the-art treatment facilities to all Americans, including many underserved communities. Earning an NCI designation is an honor reserved for only the top cancer centers in the nation.
The National Cancer Act of 1971 gave our country a holistic approach to addressing cancer and its many challenges. This broad legislation gave new authority to the National Cancer Institute and established some of the programs that form the backbone of today’s cancer research enterprise.