On September 24, a multinational consortium of organizations in the cancer field is hosting the annual World Cancer Research Day, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of further developing and boosting cancer research as a crucial part of slowing the diseases’ progression and improving survival rates and quality of life for those affected. This is particularly important as the total number of cancer cases rising.
As stated in the American Cancer Society’s most recent “Global Cancer Facts & Figures Report,” published in 2018, “According to estimates from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in 2018 there were 17.0 million new cancer cases and 9.5 million cancer deaths worldwide. By 2040, the global burden is expected to grow to 27.5 million new cancer cases and 16.3 million cancer deaths simply due to the growth and aging of the population. The future burden will probably be even larger due to increasing prevalence of factors that increase risk, such as smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and fewer childbirths, in economically transitioning countries.”
As part of this year’s World Cancer Research Day, the organizers hosted a virtual roundtable in which representatives from multiple organizations discussed the importance of continuing to investigate cancer treatments and cures and of doing so as a team. The two-part “Team Up for Cancer Research” roundtable discussion focused on COVID-19 pandemic lessons learned, short- and long-term consequences on cancer research, and management of patients with cancer. ASCO member David Kerr, MD, professor of cancer medicine at University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, was a featured speaker in the second part of the discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on cancer research.
ASCO is committed to conquering cancer through knowledge and fosters this goal through various research-focused initiatives and reports, teaming up with members of the oncology community around the world. Some examples are:
ASCO Research Community Forum
ASCO is committed to fostering knowledge as a way to advance the quality of cancer treatments. One of the many initiatives ASCO has to supporting this objective its Research Community Forum. The ASCO Research Community Forum is a resource for all members of the oncology research community, including physician investigators, research staff, and those involved in community-based and academic-based research programs. The forum pulls together resources, including:
- COVID-19 and cancer
- Library of materials for conducting and managing clinical trials
- Quality assessment tool for establishing or enhancing internal quality assessment programs
- Toolkit about insurance coverage of clinical trials.
Reports and Studies
ASCO’s growing roster of highly respected, award-winning reports play an important role in informing the public, media, and government officials about the state of cancer care in America, advances in cancer care, and the need and means to accelerate cancer research. ASCO’s studies continue to provide the tools and resources to help make quality cancer care a reality for all patients around the globe.
Research Can. Together, We Can. — Supporting Childhood Cancer Research
On World Cancer Research Day and during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, is raising funds for cancer research and to support critical resources and programs for oncology professionals, patients, and the global cancer community.
Grants & Awards
Conquer Cancer, with a mission to conquer cancer worldwide by funding breakthrough research and sharing cutting-edge knowledge, also funds many other research opportunities through its Grants & Awards Program that support and encourage excellence in clinical and translational research in the field of oncology. Since 1984, the program has awarded more than $135 million in funding through nearly 2,200 grants and awards to medical students, fellows, young scientists, and oncologists at all stages of their careers in 77 countries.