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Leading oncologists and cancer researchers internationally continue to usher in groundbreaking research and we have seen remarkable advances in the field, attracting national and international attention from the scientific community and the media.

Type E – Kate Bennett- Differential Survival Rates in State Funded and Privately Funded Paediatric Oncology Units in Johannesburg, South Africa

A travel grant was awarded to Kate Bennett of CMJAH and Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre to attend the 49th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) in Washington from 12 to 15 October 2017 to present a poster. Abstract Differential Survival Rates in State Funded and Privately Funded Paediatric Oncology Units in […]

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Published: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type E – Dr Margaret Venter – PCEP (Palliative Care Education and Practice) attendance, Harvard Medical School

A travel grant was awarded to Dr Margaret Venter, an Oncologist from ENFOLD Palliative Care to attend the CEP (Palliative Care Education and Practice) course at Harvard Medical School, Boston from 2 to 7 December 2018 and from 28 April to 3 May 2019. Major areas of study and how the visit contributed to the […]

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Published: 26 Sep 2019 | Last Updated: 26 Sep 2019
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Vitamin D: Determinants of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in adults in the Western Cape Province of South Africa

Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of breast, prostate and colorectal cancer. Exposure to solar radiation is a major source of Vitamin D production. Greater exposure is required by those with darker skin tones in order to produce Vitamin D. We funded a study led by Janicke Visser at the Division of […]

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Published: 6 Sep 2019 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Research, Research Findings, Research Projects

Breastfeeding Can Reduce Cancer Rates For Both Mothers And Babies

South Africa has some of the lowest exclusive breastfeeding rates in the world in the first 6 months of a baby’s life, according to the World Health Organization, sitting at an estimated 32%. It’s believed that much of this comes down to a lack of knowledge, personal attributes of the mother (including age, education, self-confidence, […]

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Published: 8 Jul 2019 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Research Findings, Women's Health

Type A projects which ended on 31 March 2019

The following Type A projects came to an end on 31 March 2019: Dr Jennifer Geel – Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital / WITS / South African Children’s Cancer Study Group. Hodgkin Lymphoma in South African Children Adolescents from 2000-2010: A first report by the South African Children’s Cancer Study Group Dr Catherine Kaschula – Stellenbosch University. Identification of […]

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Published: 4 Jun 2019 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type E – Linda Greeff – Cancer Challenges in South Africa

A travel grant was awarded to Linda Greeff of Cancercare to attend and present at the 20th International Psycho-Oncology Society World Congress of Psycho-Oncology (IPOS 2018) in Hong Kong from 28 October to 3 November 2018. Abstracts: Poster presentation: Exploring grassroots feedback about cancer challenges in South Africa: a discussion of themes derived from content thematic […]

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Published: 13 Mar 2019
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type E – Dr Karl Storbeck – Hormonal Steroids and Hormones & Cancer

CANSA co-funded the 17th International Congress on Hormonal Steroids and Hormones & Cancer Congress which was held in Stellenbosch from 26-29 November 2018. Download: Report by Dr Karl Storbeck Abstract book of the congress

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Published: 13 Mar 2019 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type E – Prof Jeannette Parkes – Paediatric Oncology

A travel grant was awarded to Prof Jeannette Parkes of Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital to attend the Annual Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Conference in Kyoto, Japan from 16 to 19 November 2018 as a Paediatric Radiation Oncology Society (PROS) Exco committee member, Paediatric Oncology in Developing […]

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Published: 13 Mar 2019
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type E – Dr Biance Rowe – Respiratory Virus Infections in Children with Febrile Neutropenia & Tuberculosis in Children with Cancer

A travel grant was awarded to Dr Biance Rowe of Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and WITS Donald Gordon Medical Centre to present two posters at the Annual Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Conference in Kyoto, Japan from 16 to 19 November 2018. Abstracts: Project 1: Respiratory Virus Infections in Children with Febrile Neutropenia – […]

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Published: 13 Mar 2019 | Last Updated: 13 Mar 2019
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type E – Thurandrie Naiker – Pediatric Brain Tumors & Neuro-oncology Training in Sub-Saharan Africa

A travel grant was awarded to Thurandrie Naiker from Groote Schuur Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Cape Town to attend and give two educational presentations at the Society for Neuro-Oncology in Sub-Saharan Africa (SNOSSA) meeting in Nigeria from 21 – 25 July 2018. Download the programme The major […]

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Published: 12 Mar 2019
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Addressing Obesity as a risk factor for cancer in South Africa: Size does matter

Obesity, a risk factor for cancer and an established problem in high-income countries, is escalating rapidly in low- and middle-income countries, contributing significantly to the noncommunicable disease (NCD) burden. Dr Melissa Wallace and Ms Megan Pentz-Kluyts contributed an article to Cancercontrol.info.

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Published: 19 Feb 2019 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Advocacy, Balanced Lifestyle, Research Findings

Type E – Dr Lynn Edwards – Patient-centred Psychosocial Oncology in LMICs

A travel grant was awarded to Dr Lynn Edwards, a Psychologist in Cape Town to attend and present at the 20th International Psycho-Oncology Society World Congress of Psycho-Oncology (IPOS 2018) in Hong Kong from 28 October to 3 November 2018. Abstracts: Challenges For Children With Cancer In Low Resourced Settings: An Analysis Of 68 ‘On-The-Ground’ […]

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Published: 7 Dec 2018 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type E – Mukovhe Phanguphangu – Cancer Treatment Related Side Effects

A travel grant was awarded to Mukovhe Phanguphangu of the University of Pretoria to attend the 34th World Congress of Audiology in Cape Town from 28th to 31st October 2018, to present two posters and three oral presentations on cancer treatment related side effects. Abstracts: Poster: Hearing Aid Outcomes in Patients with Cisplatin-Induced Ototoxicity: A Pilot […]

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Published: 6 Dec 2018 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type E – Dr Gisela Kahl – Single-centre Experience of B-cell Lymphomas in Children at the Height of the HIV Epidemic in South Africa

A travel grant was awarded to Dr Gisela Kahl from Red Cross Children’s Hospital to attend and present a poster at the 6th International Symposium on Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Rotterdam from 26 to 29 September 2018. The major areas of study and how the visit have contributed to the understanding and/or management […]

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Published: 29 Oct 2018
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type E – Janicke Visser – Determinants of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D Levels in Healthy Young Adults Living in the Western Cape, South Africa

A travel grant was awarded to Janicke Visser from the Division of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University to attend and present a poster at the ESPEN (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) Congress in Madrid, Spain from 1 to 4 September 2018. The major areas of study and how the […]

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Published: 29 Oct 2018
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type A projects which ended on 31 March 2018

The following Type A projects came to an end on 31 March 2018: Prof Ans Baeyens – University of the Witwatersrand. Genetic screening of triple negative and young breast cancer patients in South Africa Prof Sinead Delany-Moretlwe – University of the Witwatersrand. Factors associated with anogenital HPV infection and disease prevalence, incidence, persistence: a prospective cohort […]

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Published: 23 Oct 2018
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

CANSA Interview about Importance of Balanced Lifestyle – Mail & Guardian

April 2018: Lorraine Govender (CANSA’s National Advocacy Co-ordinator), was interviewed by Adri Kotze (Africa Editor Centre for Health Journalism – Mail & Guardian – http://bhekisisa.org/). CANSA was asked to respond to Cancer Research UK’s latest research, published earlier this year, regarding lifestyle factors which could contribute to an increased cancer risk, and to comment on […]

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Published: 25 Apr 2018 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Advocacy, Balanced Lifestyle, Research Findings

Type E – Prof Jennifer Moodley – Cancer Research Symposium at UCT

The Cancer Research Initiative at the Faculty of Health Sciences (CRI), University of Cape Town hosted a Cancer Research Symposium co-funded by CANSA on 17 February 2018.

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Published: 20 Jan 2018 | Last Updated: 18 Mar 2019
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

Type E – Dr Jennifer Githaiga – Improving Timely Diagnosis of Breast & Cervical Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa

A travel grant was awarded to Dr Jennifer Githaiga from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Cancer Research Initiative & Women’s Health Research Unit, University of Cape Town to attend and present a poster at the AORTIC 2017  Conference in Kigali, Rwanda from 7th to 10th November 2017. The major areas of study and how the visit have contributed to the […]

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Published: 11 Dec 2017 | Last Updated: 18 Mar 2019
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

CANSA’s Head of Research attended AORTIC’s 11th International Conference on Cancer in Africa

CANSA’s Head of Research, Dr Melissa Wallace attended AORTIC’s 11th International Conference on Cancer in Africa (AORTIC 2017) from 7 to 10 November 2017 at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. The theme was: Cancer in Africa: Making Strides, Creating Solutions. Dr Wallace gave a presentation on BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE AND CANCER CONTROL, highlighting the […]

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Published: 11 Dec 2017 | Last Updated: 11 Dec 2017
Categories: Notice Board, Research Findings

Type A projects which ended on 31 March 2017

The following Type A projects came to an end on 31 March 2017: Prof Riana Bornman – University of Pretoria. Biologically relevant genetic markers of prostate cancer risk and aggressive disease within South African men Dr Adrienne Edkins – Rhodes University. Analysis of stem-cell associated genes in breast cancer as biomarkers and predictors of cancer […]

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Published: 11 Dec 2017 | Last Updated: 11 Dec 2017
Categories: Research Findings, Research Projects

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