Conquering Cancer by Funding Research and Programs

During this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting, Conquer Cancer will distribute more than $11 million in 400 grants and awards to recipients spanning multiple areas of cancer care.
Grant and Awards Recipients

It all started in 1999.

Watch this recap of Conquer Cancer’s first 25 years and a preview of what's to come.

25 years of Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation

25 Years of Conquering Cancer

For a quarter-century, Conquer Cancer has strived to help early-career investigators and the brightest minds in cancer research turn promising ideas into lifesaving realities. 

Dr. Otis Brawley
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Why Hasn’t Cancer Been Cured?

Not only does cancer predate the practice of medicine, but it may also predate the human species entirely. In 2016, archeologists in South Africa unearthed a large 1.7 million years-old bone fragment, ultimately revealed to be the toe bone of an ancient but unknown species of human dating back millennia. On that piece of bone, they discovered something else: a malignant tumor. It’s a stark reminder that, for as long as their profession has existed, oncologists have been studying and treating cancer. For many, it raises a frustrating question: After so many centuries of studying cancer, why haven’t we cured it yet? The answer is complicated.

Dr. Otis Brawley joins the Your Stories podcast to help us better understand what makes cancer such a complex and persistent adversary. In addition to being a professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University and a former chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Brawley is a member of Conquer Cancer’s Board of Directors and editor of The Cancer History Project, a free online resource dedicated to documenting the history of cancer in medicine. He talks with host Dr. Mark Lewis about why cancer has not yet been “cured” and about how our study and understanding of it has evolved over time.

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Researchers are making amazing advances in the treatment and prevention of cancer, thanks to contributions from people like you. 

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