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Cancer research program at ICES

Cancer Research Program

Program Lead: Rinku Sutradhar
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The Cancer Research Program focuses on the delivery of cancer services across the continuum of care. Cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment (surgery, systemic therapy and radiotherapy) are just the beginning. Palliation, end-of-life care and survivorship are also included.
Scientists in the Cancer Research Program focus on a variety of cancers, including:

  • Breast
  • Prostate
  • Lung
  • Colorectal
  • Cervical and other women’s cancers
  • Other types of cancer

Announcements & Events

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Recent Publications

Recent ICES Grants

  • Patterns of pediatric palliative care for all children's costs, outcomes, health care utilization and non-utilization trajectories

    Principal investigators: Feudtner C, Widger K
    Co-investigators: Earle C, Gupta S, Tanuseputro P

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Project Scheme Grant
    2018-2023; $657,900
  • Optimizing outcomes in survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer

    Principal investigator: Nathan P
    Co-investigators: Baxter N, Grimshaw J, Gupta S, Ivers N, Pole J, Sutradhar R

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Foundation Scheme Grant
    2018-2025; $2,729,448
  • An evaluation of survival, patient reported outcomes, and costs for advanced gastrointestinal cancers

    Principal investigator: Coburn N
    Principal knowledge user: Kennedy E
    Knowledge users: Barbera L, Law C, Mittmann N, Moody L, Wei A
    Co-applicants: Bubis L, Chan K, Earle C, Karanicolas P, Mahar A, Paszat L, Sutradhar R
    Collaborators: Booth C, Darling G,  Eisen A, Finnerty D (patient advisor), Porter G, Viola R

    Dr. Natalie Coburn and her co-investigators have received a Partnerships for Health System Improvement for Cancer Control Operating Grant through the Canadian Institute of Health Research. The team has been awarded $758,176 over four years with 20% matching through the Sherif and MaryLou Hanna Chair in Surgical Oncology Research Chair, to conduct population health cancer research in collaboration with patients, decision-makers and knowledge users. The goals of the project are to look at patient-reported outcomes, costs and survival among patients diagnosed with advanced gastrointestinal cancers. This project is unique in that it combines patient and physician opinion to determine meaningful research questions and produce results that can be used by patients.

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant
    2017-2021; $947,717

collaborations & partnerships

ICES scientists are affiliated with multiple organizations and work collaboratively to advance cancer research across many sectors.  An important partner organization is Cancer Care Ontario with whom scientists are engaged in important policy-shaping research such as:

  • the provincial Colorectal Cancer Screening Program
  • the Cancer System Quality Index
  • the Surgical Oncology Program
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Other important collaborating organizations include:

Recent Awards & Recognition

  • Clinical, Translational, and Outcomes Research Award

    2018: Awarded to Dr. Jennifer Flemming by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease for "The Epidemiology, Natural History, and Healthcare Utilization of Young Adults with Cirrhosis - ENHAnCe Study."

  • Bryce Taylor Mentorship Award

    2018: Awarded to Dr. Nancy Baxter by the University of Toronto’s Department of Surgery. The award recognizes faculty members who emulate the traits of Dr. Bryce Taylor, a former surgeon-in-chief at the University Health Network and associate chair in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Taylor was highly regarded for his mentorship of students, residents, fellows and faculty, and was considered a role model for professionalism in surgery.

  • Young Investigator Award

    2017: Awarded to Dr. Kelvin Chan by the Division of Medical Oncology, University of Toronto

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