ACS Research Program: Ten recent impacts on cancer

Editor’s note: Each month the American Cancer Society focuses on one particular type of cancer in it awareness and education efforts. In May, however, the ACS turns to cancer research. The following information, provided by the ACS, highlights research funded in part by Relays for Life.

ACS research No. 11. Tiny tech could be the future of cancer monitoring: Nanoscale technology is infiltrating everything from computers to cars to clothing. Such tine tech – 80,000 to 100,000 times smaller than a single strand of human hair – may also become the basis for a next generation cancer detection and monitoring system.

ACS research No. 22. Investigating immunotherapy’s promise: The cancer research world is dedicating increasing energy to a rapidly evolving type of treatment that has the potential to be more effective – and in some cases less toxic – than many of today’s existing options. Using the body’s own natural system for fighting disease, immunotherapy may also offer a lifeline for patients with certain types of cancer who have exhausted other treatment options.

ACS research No. 33. New lung cancer mutations found: The identification of four new types of genetic mutations in the most common form of lung cancer could open the door for targeted treatment options for many more patients. This discovery – made in part by Society-funded researcher Alice Berger, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – adds to the existing scope of known lung cancer mutations.

ACS research 44. Getting breast cancer cells to stop multiplying: Society-funded researcher Xiaoting Zhang, PhD, is investigating ways to lull breast cancer cells into a permanent sleep, known as senescence, which could potentially stop a tumor in its tracks.

ACS research 55. Cancer death rates down: The rate of death from  cancer in the United States continues to decline among both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for the most common types of cancer.

ACS research No. 66. Lung screening importance: Researchers from the American Cancer Society have found that screening all former and current smokers who fall within guideline recommendations could prevent up to 12,000 lung cancer deaths a year n the US.

ACS research No. 77. Be a stronger survivor: A review of scientific studies finds that physical therapy and other types of rehabilitation can improve cancer survivors’ quality of life by addressing the physical and emotional problems that most report experiencing.

ACS research No. 88. Colon cancer screening science: Society grantee Bert Vogelstein, MD, of the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center won the first-ever Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in 2013 – an award of $3 million – for his discovery of three genes related to the development of colon cancer, which led to advances in the prevention and early detection of colon cancer.

ACS research No. 99. Putting cancer data in the hands of the decision makers: The American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research no Cancer, and the Union for International Cancer Control partnered on the The Cancer Atlas, Second Edition and a new interactive website – – to allow global leaders to better understand  the cancer landscape and take action to reduce the burden worldwide.

ACS research No. 1010. Fighting back against the tobacco epidemic: The American Cancer Society and the World Lung Fo7undation launched The Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition, and its companion mobile app and website ( The Atlas graphically details the scale of the tobacco epidemic, the progress being made in tobacco control, and the opportunities to increase tobacco control globally.


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