Vision - To eliminate ovarian cancer

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Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death among gynecological cancers each year. In 2017, approximately 22,440 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States, and an estimated 14,080 will die from the disease. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women1.

The Department of Defense (DoD) Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) was initiated in FY97 to support high-impact, cutting-edge research that fills unmet needs. Appropriations for the OCRP from FY97 through FY16 totaled $276.45 million (M). The FY17 appropriation is $20M.

The OCRP establishes priorities to target the most critical needs along the research development pipeline from basic to translational to clinical research, including clinical trials, and to push the field of ovarian cancer forward through our vision to “Eliminate ovarian cancer”. Our current research priorities include:

  • Promoting readiness for military members and their families as well as the overall health of citizens of the United States and the world
  • Understanding the precursor lesion/stem cell, microenvironment, and pathogenesis/ progression of all types of ovarian cancer, including rare subtypes
  • Promoting research that focuses on primary prevention
  • Developing or improving performance and reliability of screening, diagnostic approaches, and treatment
  • Investigating tumor response to therapy, including tumor survival, dormancy, cell death, clonal evolution, resistance, and tumor heterogeneity
  • Developing and validating models to study initiation, progression, and recurrence of ovarian cancer
  • Promoting survivorship research that will improve the physical and psychosocial well-being of those diagnosed with ovarian cancer
  • Utilizing precision medicine approaches that identify individual tumor characteristics to optimize patient care and outcomes
  • Enhancing the pool of ovarian cancer scientists

1 American Cancer Society,

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Congressional Appropriations

Congressional Appropriations

  • $276.5 million
  • $20.0 million

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To eliminate ovarian cancer


To support patient-centered research to prevent, detect, treat, and cure ovarian cancer to enhance the health and well-being of Service Members, Veterans, retirees, their family members, and all women impacted by this disease

Last updated Wednesday, May 2, 2018