Cancer Research Catalyst Blog Marks Second Anniversary

Imagine having some dear friends over to your house for dinner. What do you cook? First you need to remember what they like to eat. Something spicy or simple?

In creating a blog on cancer research, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) needed to develop content that “our friends” would like to consume. Our guest list is large, encompassing cancer researchers, patients, advocates, caregivers, policymakers, members of the media, and more.

So our menu is correspondingly diverse: a mix of posts about advances in cancer research, organizational activities, and cancer advocacy; consumer-friendly articles on the latest in cancer-fighting therapies and developments; and practical ways to reduce an individual’s risk of getting cancer.

The AACR launched its blog two years ago with a welcome post from Chief Executive Officer Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc). We’ve since published 281 posts (including this one), that have covered a wide range of topics and enlisted a growing roster of contributors: members, early-career investigators, AACR staffers, cancer patients, survivors, and advocates.

In the past year, many of our most popular posts focused on FDA approvals and immunotherapy. Below are the 10 most widely viewed posts from the past 12 months (July 2015-July 2016):

  1. Experts Forecast Cancer Prevention and Treatment Advances in 2016
  2. Advances in Immunotherapy: Fine-tuning CAR T Cells
  3. AACR Joins With Melanoma Experts to Warn of Dangers From Tanning Beds
  4. FDA Approves First Immunotherapy-Companion Diagnostic Combo for Lung Cancer
  5. Top Trend in Health Care in 2015: Cancer Immunotherapy
  6. Cancer Causes: Inheritance, ‘Bad Luck,’ and the Environment
  7. FDA Approves First Liquid Biopsy Test for Lung Cancer Patients
  8. AACR Annual Meeting 2016: A Microdevice That Has the Potential to Find the Right Cancer Treatment for a Patient
  9. The Immune System and Cancer
  10. The Scientist Becomes the Survivor and Advocate

As always, we’d like to hear from our readers. Feel free to comment on our posts, email us at, or connect with us on our social media channels. Let us know what topics in cancer research interest you, and what types of posts you’d like to see more of. Our readers have an important place at the table.



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