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What CDC Is Doing About Cancer Survivorship

As the number of cancer survivors grows, CDC is addressing issues related to survivorship. CDC works with public, non-profit, and private partners to create and implement successful strategies to help the millions of people in the United States and other countries who live with, through, and beyond cancer.


Research by CDC scientists includes work in health disparities, health behaviors, quality of life and social support, the economic impact of cancer survivorship, and documenting trends.

Programmatic Work

CDC’s cancer survivorship activities include—

  • Helping states, tribal groups, territories, and Pacific Island jurisdictions address cancer survivorship through comprehensive cancer control initiatives.
  • Supporting national organizations in the development, dissemination, and coordination of comprehensive cancer prevention, early detection, and survivorship activities in underserved populations.
  • Through the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center
    • Supporting the development and distribution of a broad range of cancer survivorship informational materials, including clinical care guidance and provider education materials.
    • Promoting healthy behaviors to reduce late and long-term effects of cancer and its treatment.
    • Improving surveillance and screening practices to detect cancer recurrence.
  • Funding organizations to improve the overall health and quality of life of young breast cancer survivors by—
    • Providing structured support services to young breast cancer survivors and their families.
    • Developing educational and awareness resources to increase patient and provider knowledge of health behaviors and risk reduction.

Cancer Survivorship Research Conference

Together with other national partners, CDC supports the Cancer Survivorship Research Conference. This biennial meeting brings together researchers, clinicians, cancer survivors, advocates, policymakers, and public health experts to share the latest research and interventions designed to improve the long-term health and quality of life for cancer survivors and their families.

National Action Plan

In 2004, CDC and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, along with nearly 100 experts in cancer survivorship and public health, released A National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship: Advancing Public Health Strategies. This collaboration articulated goals, activities, and priorities to address the issues facing the growing number of cancer survivors in the United States.

CDC has joined forces with national organizations, states, tribes, territories, and Pacific Island jurisdictions to address several of the cancer survivorship “priority needs” cited in the Action Plan. This work includes efforts to understand and improve care and quality of life for cancer patients, their family, friends, and caregivers, as well as developing initiatives to increase survivorship in low-income and medically underserved populations.