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Our Cancer Research Projects and Results

Over the last 65+ years, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has built a reputation for funding those who go on to make extraordinary discoveries.  Our scientists were the first to scientifically link lung cancer and cigarette smoking, cure a solid tumor with chemotherapy and successfully treat melanoma with immunotherapy.  They have contributed extensively to the development of leading therapies including Erbitux and Bexxar.


Award Programs

Award Programs

We offer four programs aimed at encouraging and advancing the work of early career cancer researchers with high promise.  Each program is designed to address a need or fill a gap in cancer research funding.

Our grant-making process is rigorous and highly competitive.  Each program is overseen by a separate committee of renowned scientists who select our award recipients.

> Learn more about Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation award programs.

Scientists and Projects

Scientists and Projects

> Find out details about the scientists and research we are funding with our sortable chart of current projects.

> View videos of our scientists to hear about their research on the cures and treatments for cancer in their own voices.

> See if Damon Runyon scientists are working in your region on our Google map of currently funded cancer research projects across the country.

New Discoveries and Honors

New Discoveries and Honors

Learn about new cancer research from Damon Runyon awardees and recent honors bestowed upon members of Damon Runyon’s elite scientific circle.

> See the latest cancer research discoveries.

A Timeline of Our Results in Cancer Research

Your donations fund real breakthroughs.  Since 1946, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation scientists, including 12 Nobel Laureates, have made some of the most important discoveries in cancer research, including:

  • Curing a solid tumor with chemotherapy (1956)
  • Successfully transplanting bone marrow between family members (1970)
  • Using immunotherapy to cure advanced melanoma (2008)

The following timeline highlights some of our scientists’ most important accomplishments.

> See a timeline of our achievements in cancer research.