Research is at the core of our organization, but its effects are felt far beyond the lab.

That’s why we’ve invested more than $5 billion in cancer research since 1946, all to find more – and better – treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients’ quality of life.

Globally, your American Cancer Society is relied on as an authority on cancer. Domestically, the 1.9 million people who will be diagnosed with cancer this year and the 16.9 million cancer survivors are relying on us as well.

Without the American Cancer Society’s nearly 75 years of investments in research, patients wouldn’t have as many treatment strategies, screening tools and preventative measures.

As the largest private not-for-profit, non-governmental funder of cancer research in the US, we’ve played a role in many of the major cancer research breakthroughs in the last century.

And we are honored to have given funding to 49 investigators who went on to win the Nobel Prize, considered the highest accolade any scientist can receive. This is a tribute to the Society’s Research program and the strength of its peer-review process.


On average the Hope Lodge Nashville program serves 1,400 individual cancer patients and caregivers yearly.


Guests from around 17 states have traveled to Nashville, TN for cancer treatment and stayed at the Nashville Hope Lodge.


On average the Nashville Hope Lodge provides 18,200 free nights of lodging to patients and their caregivers each year.


Priceless - The community of support, social interaction, and comfort for cancer patients and their caregivers.


This year we will celebrate 17 years of service. Since opening we have served 26,000 guests, and provided 140,000 nights of free lodging.


Yearly, the Nashville Hope Lodge saves patients an estimated $2.3 Million in hotel expenses.


The Hope Lodge has enabled outpatient cancer patients from 6 referring Nashville hospitals to receive treatment.


Not having to worry about where to stay and how to pay for it allows cancer patients to focus on one thing: getting well.