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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: Basic research Clinical research Translational research Socio-behavioural research Population-oriented research Basic Research: Basic research (cancer biology) is the study of how cells work. Cancer researchers who carry out basic research don’t focus on finding […]

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Published: 14 Nov 2022
Updated: 15 Nov 2022
Categories: CANSA Research

Oettlé Memorial Award 2022 to Dr Elvira Singh

History of the Medal Dr. Elvira Singh has been selected to receive the coveted AG Oettlé Memorial medal from CANSA for her outstanding contributions to cancer research. Elvira meets the spirit and action required of the AG Oettlé Award. Dr. Singh led the South African National Cancer Registry (NCR) since 2014 and played a critical […]

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Published: 1 Nov 2022
Updated: 1 Nov 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board

Research Reports

Polygenic scores for cancer published by the PHG Foundation – the report provides an overview of what is known about polygenic scores – when multiple genetic variants associated with a disease are combined – and what they could mean for cancer prediction, prevention, and management. This accessible short report for health policymakers and other stakeholders […]

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Published: 19 Oct 2022
Updated: 19 Oct 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board, Research Findings

MSD Global Oncology Policy Grant

Study Title Legal frameworks and policies: advancing innovative approaches to cancer care in South Africa. Study Description This is a  collaborative study with CANSA, Cancer Alliance,  University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute for Cancer Policy, Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Kings College, London. The study explores whether a dedicated National Cancer Act in South Africa […]

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Published: 8 Aug 2022
Updated: 8 Aug 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board, Research Findings, Research Projects

CANSA Head of Research serves as a Member on the AWACAN-ED Steering Group

AWACAN-ED (African aWAreness of CANcer & Early Diagnosis) is an NIHR-funded Global Health Research Group focussing on Advancing Early Diagnosis of Cancer in Southern Africa. CANSA Head of Research, Prof Jane Harries, is a member of the AWACAN-ED Steering Group. The study aims to advance the early diagnosis of cancer in Southern Africa by developing and evaluating electronic […]

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Published: 8 Aug 2022
Updated: 8 Aug 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board, Research Findings, Research Projects

CANSA Funded Research Projects for Master of Public Health Students

We are seeking to fund two Master of Public Health students to conduct research on two topics that will form part of their Master’s dissertation. These are both qualitative research projects. The closing date for submission is 31 July 2022.

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Published: 10 Jul 2022
Updated: 5 Aug 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board, Research Projects

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – Research Evidence-based Booklets

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has developed a series of high-quality evidence-based (short-format) booklets: Breast Cancer Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa – The need to tackle advanced stage at diagnosis and improve access to high-quality treatment Improving Early Detection and Clinical Management of Bladder Cancer – A promising urine test (uTERTpm) The Nutri-Score: […]

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Published: 3 Jun 2022
Updated: 3 Jun 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board, Research Findings

E-cigarette Study Funded by CANSA

CANSA funded a qualitative research study on electronic cigarettes in collaboration with the UCT Knowledge Co-op which facilitated the project. The study focussed on the knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes towards e-cigarettes among university students. Dissertation – 2019 (PDF) Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are deemed to be safer than tobacco cigarettes because they do not contain a […]

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Published: 19 May 2022
Updated: 19 May 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, No-Tobacco Campaign

Genetic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in South Africa

Prof Christopher Mathew Department of Human Genetics and Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of the Witwatersrand Email   A/Prof Michael Urban Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch Email     Title of the project Genetic risk factors for breast cancer in South Africa: A discovery, […]

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Published: 8 Apr 2022
Updated: 9 May 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Research Projects

Improving Cure for Lymphoma Patients in South Africa by Enhancing Access to Early and Accurate Lymphoma Diagnosis

A/Prof Estelle Verburgh Clinical Haematology, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town Email Title of the project Improving cure for lymphoma patients in South Africa by enhancing access to early and accurate lymphoma diagnosis Project Description Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the seventh most common cancer in South Africa, sixth when Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma are combined. […]

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Published: 8 Apr 2022
Updated: 25 Apr 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Research Projects

CANSA Attends Launch of the Pan African Cancer Research Institute as an Official Partner to Transform the Fight Against Cancer

“CANSA recognises that to survive in the current challenging climate, we need strong partnerships that will help us to reach our mission and objectives. The Pan African Cancer Research Institute (PACRI) have our full support representing civil society and thousands of people affected by cancer” The University of Pretoria (UP) has launched the Pan African […]

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Published: 3 Mar 2022
Updated: 4 Mar 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board

Message of Condolence for Dr Elvira Singh

CANSA is devastated to learn of the loss of Dr Elvira Singh who dedicated her talent and energy as Head of Department for the National Cancer Registry. She was a passionate public health specialist concerned about the high incidences of cancer in SA. We worked closely with her over many years, and she was a […]

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Published: 1 Mar 2022
Updated: 1 Mar 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board

CANSA Engagement with Traditional Practitioners in Early Detection of Cancer

CANSA Provides Training to Traditional Health Practitioners to help Close the Cancer Care Gap CANSA joins hands with traditional practitioners

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Published: 21 Feb 2022
Updated: 21 Feb 2022
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board

UCT’s Professor Lynette Denny honoured by the president with National Order

University of Cape Town (UCT) cervical cancer researcher Prof Lynette Denny received the Order of the Baobab (Silver) from President Cyril Ramaphosa at an investiture ceremony hosted by the presidency in recognition of Prof Denny’s work as a leading global researcher in cervical cancer and its association with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Prof Denny is […]

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Published: 1 Dec 2021
Updated: 1 Dec 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, Notice Board, Research Findings

Breast Cancer Research – Prof Jane Harries

Booklet 9 – Professor Jane Harries – Contraceptive needs and fertility intentions of women with breast cancer in Cape Town, South Africa: a qualitative study

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Published: 18 Nov 2021
Updated: 22 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Prostate Cancer Research – Prof Riana Bornman

Booklet 8 – Professor Riana Bornman – Southern African Prostate Cancer Study (SAPCS)

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Published: 18 Nov 2021
Updated: 22 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Childhood Cancer Research – Dr Jennifer Geel

Booklet 7 – Dr Jennifer Geel – Hodgkin Lymphoma in young people in South Africa: history and mystery

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Published: 18 Nov 2021
Updated: 24 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Breast Cancer Research – Prof Jennifer Moodley

Booklet 6 – Professor Jennifer Moodley – Women’s pathways to breast cancer diagnosis and care

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Published: 18 Nov 2021
Updated: 24 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Chemotherapeutic Intervention Research – Prof Anna-Mart Engelbrecht

Booklet 5 – Professor Anna-Mart Engelbrecht – Novel Strategies in Chemotherapeutic Intervention

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Published: 18 Nov 2021
Updated: 24 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Gene Therapy Research – Prof Patrick Arbuthnot

Booklet 4 – Prof Patrick Arbuthnot – Gene Therapy for Cancer Treatment

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Published: 18 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

Cancer Cell Research – Prof Annie Joubert

Booklet 3 – Professor Annie Joubert – ‘Designing Weapons Against Cancer’ in Silico Analysis, Synthesis and in Vitro Evaluation of Novel Anticancer Agents

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Published: 18 Nov 2021
Updated: 22 Nov 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, CANSA Research Detective booklets, Research Findings

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