The Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference was initiated in 2002 by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute to define, bring visibility to, and develop the field of cancer survivorship research. This conference series was instrumental in stimulating and establishing cancer survivorship as an important area of research to benefit survivors, caregivers and the medical community. Indeed, the Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference created a forum for researchers, clinicians, and survivors to discuss the latest research, and fostered new collaborations, research, programs, and policies that have greatly benefited cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. As a result, cancer survivorship research has matured, and the number, quality, and breadth of publications on the topic has increased substantially since the conference was initiated. Moreover, the cause of cancer survivorship has been adopted by other organizations; in addition, many cancer centers and academic medical centers have established cancer survivorship programs.
Recently, the American Cancer Society and other co-sponsoring organizations made the decision to no longer hold the Biennial conference as it was originally conceived. Moving forward, the American Cancer Society will focus its resources on developing a new agenda in cancer survivorship research to improve the lives of cancer survivors and their caregivers.
For information on from past conferences, please see the conference pages below.