The number of cancer survivors has grown dramatically over the past several decades, a trend that is expected to continue as diagnosis and treatments improve. In 2019, the number of cancer survivors reached more than 16.9 million in the United States, and that number is expected to grow to more than 22.2 million by 2030.
NCI-funded research has played a vital role in identifying the unique medical and psychological needs of both children and adults with a history of cancer. This includes NCI-funded studies documenting the large burden of late effects of cancer and its treatment. NCI is also funding research on the racial and ethnic disparities that exist throughout the cancer care continuum, including in survivorship.