What is the budget for cancer research? The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, allocated $6.9 billion to NCI, a $353 million net increase over FY 2021.
Which cancer research is most funded? Breast cancer received the most funding by far, at $460 million, accounting for a third of all cancer-specific nonprofit revenue. Next in line—with less than half the funding of breast cancer—were leukemia ($201 million; 15% of total revenue), childhood cancers ($177 million; 13%) and lymphoma ($145 million; 11%).
What does cancer research do with the money they raise? We spend money on the very best projects that come our way, so we don’t have set amounts to spend on each cancer type. But we do keep an eye out for projects that will help speed up progress for cancers with very low survival, such as lung, pancreatic, oesophageal and brain tumours.
Where does all the cancer research money go? We’re primarily funded from personal donations—like yours. In 2019, you helped us invest more than $145.9 million in cancer research. Since 1946, we’ve invested more than $5 billion in research grants to the best scientists across the country. Your donations also support vital patient services and programs.