What is the "Provocative Questions" Initiative?
The provocative questions initiative has assembled a list of 24 important questions from the research community to stimulate the NCI's research communities to use laboratory, clinical and population sciences in especially effective and imaginative ways to answer the questions. The questions are categorized into 4 themes:
- Cancer Prevention and Risk
- Mechanisms of Tumor Development or Recurrence
- Tumor Detection, Diagnosis, and Prognosis
- Cancer Therapy and Outcomes
We welcome additional provocative questions from the research community via Community Dialog. Questions should build on specific advances in our understanding of cancer and cancer control, address broad issues in biology of cancer that have proven difficult to resolve, take into consideration the likelihood of progress in the forseeable future (e.g. 5 to 10 years), and address ways to overcome obstacles to achieving long-term goals. Learn more about the Provocative Questions initiative.