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National Cancer Institute


The Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS), part of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, was established in July 1996 by the National Cancer Institute in recognition of the large number of individuals surviving cancer for long periods of time and their unique and poorly understood needs. The office works to enhance the quality and length of survival of all persons diagnosed with cancer and to minimize or stabilize adverse effects experienced during cancer survivorship. The office supports research that both examines and addresses the long- and short-term physical, psychological, social, and economic effects of cancer and its treatment among pediatric and adult survivors of cancer and their families.

Cancer survivorship research is accomplished through:

  • a variety of funding mechanisms, e.g., Investigator Initiated Applications (R01s), Small Grant Programs (R03s) and Request for Applications (RFAs),
  • strategic planning with researchers, health professionals, and the public to build common research agendas, and
  • collaborations within NCI and with other organizations regarding survivors' needs for education, communication and appropriate medical and supportive care.

Priorities are:

  • to develop agendas for the continuous acquisition of knowledge concerning the problems and challenges facing cancer survivors and their families,
  • to improve the quality of survival of all individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families, including prevention of subsequent disease and disability, and
  • to promote the dissemination of information to professionals who treat cancer patients, and the public concerning the problems and needs of cancer survivors and their families.