Cancer research covers a variety of activities and many areas of scientific study because cancer is not one disease but a multitude of diseases, each with its own subtypes and related disorders. When we think about finding a cure for blood cancers, we are really trying to understand and find effective treatments for 137 types of blood cancers and related disorders.
Understandably, research progress happens slowly with consideration for every aspect of the research cycle. Each year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada forms a new group of medical experts with the task of reviewing research projects taking place in Canada that show the greatest promise in advancing our understanding of different blood cancers, ability to test therapies and ultimately, to find cures.
In 2016, our scientific review panel selected 16 research projects led by established and new scientists working in various cancer centres from coast-to-coast. Our Operating Grants focus on basic and translational research aimed at preventing, detecting and treating blood cancers.