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Cancer research program at ICES

Cancer Research Program

Program Lead: Rinku Sutradhar
Program Coordinator:

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

  • 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
  • What is the impact of a provincial program to screen for symptoms on health service use?

    Principal Investigator: Barbera L
    Co-investigators: Earle L, Howell D, Mittmann N, Seow H, Sutradhar R

    Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Innovation Grant
    2016-2019; $193,417
  • Risk of mental health sequelae among childhood cancer survivors, mothers and siblings: a population-based study using health services data

    Principal investigator: Gupta S
    Co-investigators: Kurdyak P, Nathan P, Pole J, Sutradhar R

    Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Quality of Life Research Grant
    2016-2019; $241,017

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

  • Young Investigator Award

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

  • Medical Staff Association Outstanding Clinician of the Year Award

    2017: Awarded to Dr. Chris Simpson by the Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital's Medical Staff Association. This award honours medical staff members in good standing with five or more years of service who demonstrate outstanding contributions to the medical community.

  • Innovation Award

    2016: Awarded to the CHARM team, including Drs. Matthew Cheung and Simron Singh, by the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) for their software's positive impact for health care providers and the patient experience. Read more.

ICES Scientists