Cancer Moonshot

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increase access to treatment.

In his final State of the Union address, the President asked the Vice President to head up a new national effort to end cancer as we know it.


Here’s the ultimate goal: To make a decade’s worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, in five years. Getting it done isn't just going to take the best and brightest across the medical, research, and data communities — but millions of Americans owning a stake of it. Read the stories of the initiative on Medium, as well as the White House facts sheets for investing in the Cancer Moonshot, Cancer Moonshot Summit, international cancer research and care, and cancer clinical trials.



Achieving lift off

Since the launch of the White House Cancer Moonshot, Vice President Biden, the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, and the Blue Ribbon Panel of experts have engaged thousands of cancer patients and their caregivers, clinicians, health organizations, advocacy groups, researchers, technologists, industry leaders, and more across America in support of achieving our bold mission.

The Vice President has brought a new urgency to the Federal government efforts to fight cancer, and forged new partnerships and created new programs and policies. Individuals and organizations throughout the private sector have also stepped up to the charge, forming new partnerships to defy the bounds of innovation. And people everywhere – throughout the nation and the world – have stepped up to tell us how they #CanServe in support of ending cancer as we know it.

And on October 17, Vice President Joe Biden delivered the Cancer Moonshot Report, a summary of work to-date along with a roadmap for the future, to the President and the American public. The report includes Vice President’s Executive Report – his vision for transforming the cancer research and care ecosystem to double the rate of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment; the Cancer Moonshot Task Force Report, outlining Federal agency activities and recommendations for dramatically accelerating progress; and the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Report which identifies priority areas of scientific opportunity. Read the fact sheet on the Cancer Moonshot Report and the public and private sector actions to advance Cancer Moonshot goals.

Read the Vice President's Executive Report

Read the Task Force Report



The Cancer Moonshot is a mission, and all of us #CanServe.

Cancer affects all of us – either directly or through a loved one. These stories are the foundation to the mission of the Moonshot, and in pursuit of ending the scourge of cancer we sought out these stories to ensure our efforts are grounded in the patient journey.

Read the stories of how everyday people are making a difference on the Cancer Moonshot publication, or find out how you can volunteer in your community.


Share your story with the Vice President.

Today, cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. Taking on cancer is personal for the Vice President — and for nearly every American and millions of people around the world who personally, or through a family or friend, are affected by it.

If this is personal for you — if your life or the life of someone you know has been touched by cancer, share your story with the Vice President here. You just might hear from him.

Tell your story


The Cancer Moonshot is here to help.

If you’re a patient: find a doctor or treatment facility, find a cancer clinical trial at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and read about life after cancer treatment.

If you’re a doctor or researcher, see the research grants and funding opportunities at the NCI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Department of Defense (DoD).

If you simply are looking for a way to help, check out to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

"I am not a researcher. I am not an oncologist. I am not a geneticist. I am a Vice President of the United States. But I've been on the other end of the need."

On January 12, 2016, President Obama tasks Vice President Biden with leading a "Moonshot" to help end cancer as we know it. Read more →

A couple of weeks later, on January 28, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing the first-ever White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. Learn more →

On Monday, February 1, 2016, the Cancer Moonshot Task Force met for the first time — bringing every Federal agency with a part to play together to take on this mission. Learn about the meeting →

Then, on June 29, 2016, the Vice President convened nearly 400 cancer researchers, oncologists, nurses, patients, advocates and others at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Over 7,000 more came together at hospitals, community care centers, businesses, and in family rooms at more than 300 local summits across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Washington, D.C. This marked the first time that individuals and organizations spanning the entire cancer community and beyond convened under the national charge of doubling the rate of progress toward a cure and making a decade worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in five years. Watch Vice President Biden’s closing remarks →

It's on all of us to help carry this work forward.

Share how you #CanServe today.