Cancer Institute A national cancer institute
designated cancer center

The National Cancer Program and Clinical Trials

A nationwide effort to conquer cancer intensified with the National Cancer Act of 1971. As a result of the National Cancer Program, created by that legislation, more cancer patients are being cured today than ever before, and many others are living longer with improved quality of life.

The National Cancer Program brings together a network of researchers at many public and private institutions around the country. These include the National Cancer Institute, cancer centers, universities, community hospitals and private industry. Groups involving hundreds of researchers are working to discover and put to use new knowledge to benefit the cancer patients of today and tomorrow.

Knowledge gained from research studies with patients-clinical trials-has been essential to overall progress. Such studies have led to increased survival for childhood cancers, Hodgkin's disease, breast, uterine, testicular and bladder cancers, as well as others. These studies continue to play a key role in progress against cancer.

Today, major scientific discoveries in the laboratory are part of a revolution in biology. New tools to unravel the process of cancer are leading to exciting new approaches against cancer. Clinical trials continue to be the link between such basic research and patients. The goal is to translate the best of that research into findings that directly help people.


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