About Research at CANSA
Through collaborative research, CANSA research aims to promote and support innovative, effective, and relevant approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer, to address the high cancer burden in South Africa.
Researchers include scientists, social scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, health professionals, and students.
Different Areas of Cancer Research
The term ‘cancer research’ covers a wide range of research activities. But, in general, there are five main areas of research. Read more…
CANSA prioritises its research to ensure that all South African communities benefit.
CANSA’s core research focus is on reducing risk, early detection and diagnosis, and optimising patient care and support, including palliation. CANSA uses evidence-based research to inform our advocacy work, our health education programmes, and our service to those living with cancer, their families, and members of the public.
A system categorised Type A, B, and C research programmes have evolved in CANSA and concerns the modus operandi of research funding.
The type A category is aimed at MBChB and Ph.D. cancer researchers based at South African universities and research organisations. The purpose of this funding is to support high-quality research to advance management and improve outcomes for the most common cancers in South Africa. Our type B research projects are largely initiated, conceptualised, and conducted by CANSA, although this may be in conjunction with other institutions. These projects are typically smaller and focused on reducing public exposure to environmental cancer risks. Our type C research projects are conceptualised and conducted by CANSA, sometimes in collaboration with other institutions. Projects are focused on optimising services to cancer patients and addressing their needs.
Funding CANSA’s Research
CANSA has been fortunate in receiving generous bequests from individual members of the public over the years, specifically for funding cancer research. These funds have been grown with considerable success through excellent investment strategies by financial experts serving CANSA on the CANSA Investment Committee.
Our Progress & Achievements
We are one of the largest funders of cancer research in South Africa and the country’s largest charity dedicated to cancer research. Read the Research sections of our Annual Reports to find out about some of our most important successes, the progress we are making in beating cancer, and the people who make our work possible.
- 2021 2022 Research Annual Report
- 2020 2021 Research Annual Report
- 2019 2020 Research Annual Report
- 2018 2019 Research Annual Report
- 2017 2018 Research Annual Report
- 2016 2017 Research Annual Report
- 2015 2016 Research Annual Report
- 2014 2015 Research Annual Report
- 2013 2014 Research Annual Report
Who and What We Fund
Click here to find out more about the scientists we fund and how their research projects are of value in the struggle against cancer.
Honouring our Researchers
Each year we honour exceptional men and women who have made a significant contribution in some area of cancer research. Read more…
Get Involved with our Research
Click here to make a secure online donation to support our research projects or make a direct deposit to ABSA Bank, Account: CANSA Research, number: 4079965964, Branch: 632005, Reference: Type A, B or C Research (the programme you choose to support). Please email proof of your deposit to Research@cansa.org.za