COVID-19 UPDATES

Dance Against Cancer 2020  

We have made the decision to ensure the safety and welfare of our volunteers, artists, and participants and will postpone our event until the fall. We look forward to celebrating 10 years of Dance Against Cancer on October 19, 2020. 

The American Cancer Society is here to help during these challenging times.  If you or someone you know has questions or concerns specific to navigating COVID-19 through the cancer lens, please reach out.  The Society’s National Cancer Information Center is offering advice, support and information with a trained cancer information specialist 24/7 through online chat at Cancer.org and telephone calls at 800-227-2345.

The American Cancer Society's Response to COVID-19

Despite COVID-19, we are continuing our lifesaving mission throughout the nation. We know that while the world responds to COVID-19, patients continue to be diagnosed with and must be treated for cancer every day. We’ve taken proactive measures to ensure we can continue to provide access to care for the patients we serve with minimal or no interruption, while resolutely protecting the health of patients and caregivers and our staff and volunteers.

The American Cancer Society knows cancer patients are at higher risks of serious illness from infections because their immune systems are often weakened by cancer and its treatments. While we are learning more and more each day about the COVID-19 outbreak, we know the risk of infections -- in general -- for cancer patients. (https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/physical-side-effects/low-blood-counts/infections.html)

We are continually evaluating all processes and procedures .

 

Research

  • All extramural grants remain in effect and we continue to communicate closely with our grantees to support their work, in collaboration with and adherence to the safety measures at our leading research partner institutions.

  • 268 Research Grants are currently in effect representing an investment of $143 million; $22 million Research Pay-If Grants

Rest assured that during this time we continue to passionately focus on our unique mission, while monitoring and adapting to this evolving national challenge. Your partnership, generosity, and belief in the work of the American Cancer Society is what allows us to continue to respond to the needs of the people in our communities that are fighting cancer every day.