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CANSA Research in Action Conference July 2018

20 June 2018: CANSA and the University of Pretoria is hosting a ‘Research in Action’ Conference 3 to 5 July 2018 in the Tswelopele Complex, University of Pretoria. CANSA aims to bring together the South African cancer researchers that it supports, and to highlight the outcomes of the most common cancers in South Africa.

Dr Melissa Wallace, CANSA’s Head of Research, says “We’re bringing together our research grant holders, cancer researchers, professional societies, the national Department of Health representatives and cancer medical health care groups. We’re excited to provide this platform to enable communication, networking and an environment that can hopefully stimulate ideas and collaborations to grow and develop cancer research in our country.”

Dr Melissa Wallace, CANSA Head of Research

All CANSA’s type A (projects mainly focused on epidemiology, early detection, cancer risk reduction and optimal patient care) research grantees will present their research in eight sessions providing a comprehensive view of CANSA sponsored research at universities.

The current leading cancers in South Africa – breast, cervical and prostate will be covered – as well as a session on paediatric cancer. The conference promises enormous diversity in terms of types of research including surveillance of cancer and registries; basic molecular and clinical sciences; a session focused on patient care and experiences and presentations on mathematical modelling for optimising cancer control interventions.

The conference also features a number of keynote presentations from prominent local and international researchers. Topics to be shared range from cancer and diet; prioritisation of cancer control interventions for National Health Insurance (NHI); cervical cancer screening; establishing a platform for oncology clinical trials in Africa and palliative chemotherapy.


As a leading role player in cancer research, CANSA is one of the very few public funded organisations in South Africa that has sustainable funding for research. These funds, mainly donated by bequest, have been invested for use in cancer research. #CANSAResearchInAction

“As cancer remains a major health problem, one of the most cost effective long-term strategies for cancer control is to help lower the cancer risk through education and early detection. Our Type A research also covers a wide field of cancer research (basis science, clinical and public health research) and is generally conducted by productive and energetic young scientists. CANSA realises the importance of contributing towards a new generation of cancer researchers,” concludes Wallace.

CANSA has a policy of not funding anti-cancer drug development due to the high costs involved, and does not receive any funding from pharmaceuticals in order to remain independent.

Find more information and view the full programme on our website.

REGISTER HERE – registration closes 26 June 2018


CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research (more than R12 million spent annually) and the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.

Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support and organisational management; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support.

We also supply patient care and support in the form of 11 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients; a Wellness Centre based in Polokwane; and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.

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