AACI Commentary

About Our Editorial Series

Exploring Topics of Interest to AACI Cancer Centers

To promote the work of its member centers, AACI publishes Commentary, an editorial series focusing on major issues of common interest to North American cancer centers. 

Each AACI Commentary is written by a cancer center leader or subject matter expert and distributed by email to over 3,500 subscribers of the AACI Update newsletter. 

The publication is designed to cover a specific topic in 750-1,000 words. Recommendations for topics and authors are encouraged. 


Please submit suggestions to: 

Chris Zurawsky
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
412-802-6775

Emily Stimmel
Communications and External Relations Manager
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June 2022

2022 AACI/AACR Hill Day Highlights Importance of Strong Funding, Continued Advocacy
By Jaren Love

Jaren LoveOn June 15, AACI jointly hosted the 2022 virtual Hill Day with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). During 87 meetings with legislators, cancer center directors, researchers, physician-scientists, cancer survivors, and other advocates made the case for robust, sustained federal investments in biomedical research—and cancer research in particular—through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). 

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, AACI is advocating for an increase of $4.1 billion for the NIH. We are also asking Congress to provide at least $7.766 billion—a roughly $850 million increase—for the NCI in FY 2023, in line with the NCI director’s professional judgment budget.

These increases are especially important now, in light of President Joe Biden’s focus on the ARPA-H and Cancer Moonshot 2.0 initiatives and ongoing concerns regarding the discrepancy between the percentage of research grants funded by the NCI and that of other NIH institutes. 

Read the June 2022 Commentary.

AACI and the Early Years of the National Cancer Act
By AACI Staff
December 2021

Reflecting on 50 Years of Progress and Looking Ahead to the Future: Highlights of the 2021 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting
By Robert A. Winn, MD
November 2021

Leadership Development and Diversity in Cancer Centers
By Caryn Lerman, PhD
October 2021

Confronting Delayed Cancer Screening and Cancer Disparities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Chyke A. Doubeni, MBBS, MPH
September 2021

Learning From the Pandemic: Reflections on the 13th Annual AACI CRI Meeting
By Theresa L. Werner
August 2021

A “Delicate Dance”: Establishing a Process for Assessing and Endorsing Cancer-Related Policy
By John DeMuro
July 2021

Engaging Advanced Practice Providers in Cancer Clinical Trials
By Christa Braun-Inglis, MS, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC, AOCNP
June 2021

Harnessing Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies to Enhance Cancer Treatment
By Rohit Bhargava, PhD
May 2021

Who Was First? The National Cancer Act of 1971 and the Birth of NCI-Designated Cancer
Centers

By Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, FASCO and Eric T. Rosenthal
April 2021

The Little State That Could: How West Virginia Became a National Model for COVID-19 Vaccination
By Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, MD, FACS
March 2021

From Pre-Pandemic Politics to a "New Normal": Cancer Policy Priorities for the Biden Presidency
By AACI Staff
February 2021

Sustaining the Use of Telemedicine in Post-Pandemic Cancer Care
By Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD; Cheryl L. Willman, MD; and Robert A. Winn, MD
January 2021