Cancer Type

Number of Grants involving Cancer Type**

Funded Amount ($)

Specific Amount ($)

Brain Tumor 42 21,768,666 13,671,037
Breast Cancer 212 117,070,303 84,214,293
Cervical Cancer 29 15,221,000 8,891,540
Colon and Rectal Cancer 117 67,755,500 38,493,945
Head and Neck Cancer 25 13,755,550 6,529,788
Kidney Cancer 14 7,092,524 3,677,326
Leukemia/Leukaemia 88 42,786,999 28,000,450
Liver Cancer 39 24,059,856 10,185,469
Lung Cancer 98 51,639,824 27,058,452
Melanoma 46 20,869,000 11,553,670
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma 46 25,826,416 15,120,592
Ovarian Cancer 56 30,771,166 14,972,643
Pancreatic Cancer 29 18,363,000 7,901,190
Prostate Cancer 85 50,749,440 29,317,799
Thyroid Cancer 15 12,953,000 11,537,000
Other Cancer Types 224 115,395,166 53,833,600
Applies to all cancers ≠ 244 83,184,307 83,184,307
Grand Total 883   448,143,101


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 55 27,821,000
Disparities 76 71,766,105
Environmental Factors 32 18,376,750


≠ 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.