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ASCO’s National Cancer Opinion Survey was established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in collaboration with The Harris Poll, to track the U.S. public’s views on cancer research and care. As the world’s leading organization of oncology care professionals, ASCO believes it is critical to understand what the public, including patients, think of, expect, and need from the nation’s cancer care system. The poll, supported by ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation, is designed to be conducted annually to measure shifts in the public’s perceptions of a range of cancer-related issues over time.

Released in October 2018, the second annual National Cancer Opinion Survey reveals:

  • Nearly four in 10 Americans believe cancer can be cured solely through alternative therapies, despite evidence that patients who use alternative therapies instead of standard cancer treatments have much higher mortality rates.
  • Amid the ongoing opioid crisis, nearly three in four Americans are concerned about limiting access to opioids for people with cancer, and many cancer patients report difficulty obtaining these medications.
  • Americans say they are just as worried about the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis as they are about dying of cancer, with caregivers and rural Americans bearing the weight of cancer’s financial and access challenges.

The latest survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll from July 10-August 10, 2018 among 4,887 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. Of these adults, 1,001 have or had cancer.

2018 National Cancer Opinion Survey

2017 National Cancer Opinion Survey

To reference the National Cancer Opinion Survey results, please use the appropriate following citations: 

  • National Cancer Opinion Survey, Harris Poll on behalf of ASCO, 2018.
  • National Cancer Opinion Survey, Harris Poll on behalf of ASCO, 2017.