Building upon the AACR's longstanding commitment to fostering partnerships with survivor advocates—and to fulfill its goal of significantly expanding these relationships—the association established the Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program in November 2004.

Our Mission

The AACR's Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program is dedicated to fostering mutually beneficial and enduring partnerships among leaders of the cancer survivor, patient advocacy and scientific communities. Learn more about the Program.

The Scientist↔Survivor Program™ celebrates 20 years.


This unique educational program provides an opportunity for cancer survivors, advocatesand scientists to learn and discuss the latest findings in cancer research, regulatory science and health science policy. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Marge Foti and Dr. Anna Barker, the program is designed to build enduring partnerships among the leaders of the scientific, survivor, and advocacy communities. The Scientist↔Survivor Program™ (SSP) welcomes cancer survivors and advocates from around the world representing all types of cancer.

Learn more about advocacy, the program, and its advocates.

Resources and Information

The AACR has a long-standing commitment to fostering partnerships with survivor advocates and to fulfill its goal of significantly expanding these relationships.

Are you interested in speaking with people who have walked in your shoes? Search here for an extensive list of cancer support and patient advocacy organizations. Find organized lists of groups dedicated to specific types of cancer, government agencies and research institutes that can provide you with the latest in specific organ site research.

Get the answers for the most common questions faced by advocates, patients, and caregivers. Check out the "How To" series to learn about find financial aid, clinical trials, and much more.

Subscribe to the AACR publication for survivors, patients, and advocates. Cancer Today is the authoritative resource for cancer patients, survivors, and their family members and friends. In every issue, Cancer Today offers information and inspiration as you face the challenges of diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, or caregiving.‬