Parliamentary Health Research Caucus and Cancer Gone: The Research and Innovation that Thinks it Can
May 10, 2021
Cancer is a complex disease, with over 200 different types of cancer documented. It can also be quick, elusive and can evolve rapidly, which makes it difficult to treat. There has been some amazing progress in recent years with five-year survival rates rising from about 25% in the 1940s, to many cancers now surpassing 70, 80 and even 90%.
Canada has been a major research contributor, and thanks to Canadian discoveries made in collaboration with collaborators around the world, we have an improved understanding of what causes cancer, how it develops, how best to treat it and how we can improve the quality of life of people living with cancer, which has been translated into new therapies and diagnostics.
As the Chair of the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus, I recently had the privilege of co-hosting our most recent virtual event Cancer Gone: The Research and Innovation that Thinks it Can, which was held in collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society and Research Canada. During the event, parliamentarians heard from feature 24 of Canada’s best and brightest scientists who shares their research and innovations in the areas of Early Cancer Detection at Initial Diagnosis and Prior to Progression and Relapse, The Role of Precision Medicine and Immunotherapy in Cancer Research, Pediatric and Adolescent Cancers, and Cancer Prevention.
The Canadian research and innovation that is happening is truly outstanding and inspirational. Thank you to all of the scientists and academics across the country who are working towards a cancer-free future.
If you missed the live event, I encourage you to check out the recordings here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAUQ8yB2C8jwfDMNHja8BApWgAH7N_ebZ