Canadian Cancer Society the largest cancer research funder in the voluntary sector

01 October 2009

October 2009 - Investment in cancer research: Society welcomes report from Canadian Cancer Research Alliance

As a partner in the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA), the Canadian Cancer Society welcomes the survey of cancer research investment in 2007 in Canada. The survey provides valuable information about the type and amount of cancer research taking place in Canada. It also tells us where our research funding efforts might best be focused.

The third annual CCRA report shows that Canadian Cancer Society-funded research represented 54% of the total voluntary sector investment and more than 10% of the overall cancer research investment in Canada. A special section included in this year’s report focuses on childhood/adolescent cancer research and shows that the Society was the second largest funder of research in this area in 2007, totaling almost 32% of the overall research investment.

In 2008/2009, the Society invested close to $49 million in cancer research across the country. This year, the Society is funding $3.6 million in research across the country that focuses on many aspects of childhood cancer, including:

  • A study of leukemia stem cells – which are resistant to most anti-cancer drugs – to learn what makes them unique and how they can be destroyed.
  • Research into the genes and molecules that cause osteosarcoma cells to either grow or stop growing. Osteosarcoma is the most common form of bone cancer.
  • A study examining the long-term side effects of cancer and cancer treatments among childhood cancer survivors.

Cancer research is critical to ensuring we continue to make cancer history and improve the quality of life of those living with the disease. The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to be a leader in funding the country’s best research and we thank the Canadians who support this work through their donations.