Our nation’s investment in cancer research has led to enormous progress. More people are surviving cancer than ever before, patients’ quality of life has improved dramatically, and there has been a revolution in our understanding of cancer. Today, two out of three people live at least five years after a cancer diagnosis, and the nation's cancer death rate has dropped 25 percent since the early 1990s, reversing decades of increases.
The Major Milestones Against Cancer Timeline highlights some of the most important advances over the last 45 years in every area of cancer care. Many of these milestones stemmed from research led by the National Cancer Institute, and nearly all of them are the result of rigorously conducted clinical trials, made possible by the participation of thousands of individuals with cancer.