Cancer Type

Number of Grants involving Cancer Type**

Funded Amount ($)

Specific Amount ($)

Brain Tumor 44 25,148,166 16,349,707
Breast Cancer 196 107,923,970 78,927,488
Cervical Cancer 26 13,214,500 7,923,600
Colon and Rectal Cancer 102 60,218,000 34,889,285
Head and Neck Cancer 22 14,584,550 7,441,888
Kidney Cancer 11 5,220,024 3,432,626
Leukemia/Leukaemia 82 41,591,666 27,541,917
Liver Cancer 38 22,613,856 10,983,919
Lung Cancer 93 48,859,824 28,184,352
Melanoma 45 20,934,000 12,693,865
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma 43 24,192,416 14,216,917
Ovarian Cancer 44 26,091,166 13,994,343
Pancreatic Cancer 26 17,079,000 8,014,865
Prostate Cancer 77 44,427,940 25,375,129
Thyroid Cancer 14 12,803,000 11,427,000
Other Cancer Types 218 115,548,166 52,615,361
Applies to all cancers ≠ 247 86,572,132 84,338,007
Grand Total 847   438,350,268


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 49 23,559,000
Disparities 83 73,133,105
Environmental Factors 25 13,321,750


≠ 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.