Cancer Type

Number of Grants involving Cancer Type**

Funded Amount ($)

Specific Amount ($)

Brain Tumor 50 24,160,000 15,507,600
Breast Cancer 248 129,725,598 90,641,078
Cervical Cancer 35 16,785,000 8,875,240
Colon and Rectal Cancer 141 76,811,500 43,349,120
Head and Neck Cancer 35 18,169,550 8,061,328
Kidney Cancer 18 9,444,524 4,392,466
Leukemia/Leukaemia 98 44,898,333 27,513,283
Liver Cancer 48 28,650,524 12,946,186
Lung Cancer 129 61,634,324 31,615,762
Melanoma 61 26,297,000 15,673,620
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma 50 25,446,750 14,290,025
Ovarian Cancer 66 32,895,000 16,037,080
Pancreatic Cancer 38 22,127,000 8,447,550
Prostate Cancer 99 55,200,274 31,929,082
Thyroid Cancer 18 13,305,000 11,557,900
Other Cancer Types 274 135,661,500 59,531,278
Applies to all cancers ≠ 245 87,854,387 87,854,387
Grand Total 974   488,222,985


Included in the above projects, which are listed by cancer type, are projects that deal with selected areas of cancer research. Number of Grants** Funded Amount ($)
Childhood Cancer 56 29,164,000
Disparities 81 73,909,166
Environmental Factors 29 17,860,083


≠ Applies to all cancers: The projects included here have relevance to cancer in general but have not been designated to any specific cancer type.

** Total number of grants does not equal the sum of the numbers shown in the number of grants column.  In many cases, a project may have a focus which is linked to more than one type of cancer because of similarities between cancers. Thus an individual project may be listed in more than one cancer type.

Funded Amount
 - The total value of funding that was awarded to a single or group of research or training grants with relevance to a specific type of cancer or area of research and includes funding for some projects that may be minimally related to that type of cancer or area of research.

Percent Relevance - ACS research and training projects are coded to a variety of types of cancer (breast, lung, prostate, etc.)   In many cases, a project may have a focus which is linked to more than one type of cancer because of similarities between cancers. When this is the case, the focus of the research or training project is divided by the applicant, proportionately, between each of the types of cancers involved based on the estimate of the relative impact of the research for each type of cancer.  This proportion is considered the "percent relevance" of that type of cancer in the total research or training project.  The types of cancers involved and percent relevance of each type of cancer varies among different research projects.

Specific Amount - The "specific amount" in a single research project for a specific type of cancer is the portion of the total project funding for that project which corresponds to the percent relevance number for that cancer in the project.   This number can be found by multiplying the total funding amount by the percent relevance for the type of cancer in question.

For example: For a project with a funded amount of $120,000 which has been coded with 50% relevance to the cancer type "lung" then this project has specific funding of $60,000 (120000 x .50) for "lung."

Total Specific Amount for a Particular Type of Cancer  - In order to obtain total specific funding for a particular type of cancer in the entire research and training program, you must sum the specific funding for each type of cancer among all research and training projects.

As reported by the American Cancer Society