This page provides numerous cancer-related resources for health care researchers. For information about cancer types, treatment, and clinical trials, as well as links to other NCI resources, please go to the NCI homepage.
Explore key survivorship-related reports from the past 10 years that have helped shape survivorship research and practice.
- Evidence Gaps in Cancer Survivorship Care: A Report From the 2019 National Cancer Institute Cancer Survivorship Workshop, Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2021)
- Disparities and Barriers to Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Care, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2021)
- Childhood Cancer and Functional Impacts Across the Care Continuum, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (2020)
- Follow-Up Care for Breast and Colorectal Cancer Across the Globe: Survey Findings From 27 Countries, Journal of Clinical Oncology Global Oncology (2020)
- Developing a Quality of Cancer Survivorship Care Framework: Implications for Clinical Care, Research, and Policy, Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2019)
- Models of Care for Survivors of Childhood Cancer From Across the Globe: Advancing Survivorship Care in the Next Decade, Journal of Clinical Oncology (2018)
- Survivorship Science at the NIH: Lessons Learned From Grants Funded in Fiscal Year 2016, Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2019)
- Going Beyond Being Lost in Transition: A Decade of Progress in Cancer Survivorship, Journal of Clinical Oncology (2017) – co-authored by Dr. Julia Rowland, a look back at the 2006 IOM Report
- Anticipating the “Silver Tsunami”: Prevalence Trajectories and Comorbidity Burden among Older Cancer Survivors in the United States, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (2016)
- Cancer Survivors in the United States: Prevalence across the Survivorship Trajectory and Implications for Care, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (2013)
- Receipt of Psychosocial Care among Cancer Survivors in the United States, Journal of Clinical Oncology (2013)
- Dr. Julia Rowland Discusses the Developing Field of Cancer Survivorship (2012)
Research Studies (NCI-Funded)
Research Resources and Statistics
This 2016 booklet, marking the 20th anniversary of the Office of Cancer Survivorship, provides an overview of the creation of the office and its ongoing work to improve the lives of cancer survivors and their loved ones.
The Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference, which took place every two years from 2002 through 2016, brought together researchers, clinicians, cancer survivors, advocates, policy-makers, and public health experts to share and learn about the most up-to-date cancer survivorship research.
- 2016 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference: Innovation in a Rapidly Changing Landscape
- 2014 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference: Advancing Survivorship Care through Multilevel Collaborations
- 2012 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference: Translating Science to Care
- 2010 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference: Recovery and Beyond
- 2008 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference - Cancer Survivorship Research: Mapping the New Challenges
- 2006 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference - Cancer Survivorship: Embracing the Future
- 2004 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference - Cancer Survivorship: Pathways to Health After Treatment Conference
This free series, which took place annually from 2003 until 2012, offered cancer survivors, their families, friends, and health care professionals practical information to help them cope with concerns and issues that arise after treatment ends. The series was a collaboration among the National Cancer Institute, LIVESTRONG, CancerCare, the American Cancer Society, the Intercultural Cancer Council, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.
- 2012 Cancer Survivorship Telephone Workshop Series
- 2011 Cancer Survivorship Telephone Workshop Series
- 2010 Cancer Survivorship Telephone Workshop Series
- 2009 Cancer Survivorship Telephone Workshop Series
- 2008 Cancer Survivorship Telephone Workshop Series
- 2007 Cancer Survivorship Telephone Workshop Series
- 2006 Cancer Survivorship Telephone Workshop Series
- 2005 Cancer Survivorship Telephone Workshop Series
Definitions of Cancer Survivors
There are many types of survivors, including those living with cancer and those free of cancer. All of these definitions begin at the time of diagnosis through the balance of the survivor’s life.
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A cancer survivor is any person who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the balance of life.
The time from diagnosis to the end of initial treatment;
Other relevant references on this topic include:
Marzorati, C., Riva, S., Pravettoni, G. (2017). Who is a cancer survivor? J Cancer Education; 32:228-237.
Hebdon M, Foli K, McComb S. (2015). Survivor in the cancer context: a concept analysis. J Adv Nurs.;71(8):1774-86.
Berry, LL., Davis, S., Flynn AG, Landercasper, J, Deming, KA. (2019). Is it time to reconsider the term ‘cancer survivor’. J Psychosocial Oncology; 37(4):413-426.