The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has negatively impacted cancer research in multiple ways. Many cancer centers were forced to halt enrollment on clinical trials to reduce exposure risk. Philanthropies also are receiving drastically fewer donations and therefore have limited support for research grants; ACS, for example, anticipates a $200 million drop in donations this year and recently suspended applications for its research grants.
ASTRO, in collaboration with cancer-focused organizations including ACS, is asking Congress to increase funding for cancer research at the NIH and NCI and provide emergency supplemental funding for projects that were stalled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is the world's largest radiation oncology society, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. The Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy. ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics, Practical Radiation Oncology and Advances in Radiation Oncology; developed and maintains an extensive patient website, RT Answers; and created the nonprofit foundation Radiation Oncology Institute.Back to HCB News