Ottawa helping to fund network of cancer researchers

Cancer Research

The federal health minister has announced spending of 150 million dollars in funding over five years to help build a network of top-tier cancer researchers.

Their aim will be to advance the science of individually customized cancer treatments, known as precision cancer medicine.

This emerging treatment uses big data, new technologies like genomics, and artificial intelligence to design individual treatments for patients based on the biological and genetic makeup of their cancer.

The federal funding to the Terry Fox Research Institute, first unveiled in this year's federal budget, will be matched by the network's partners to develop the 300-million-dollar cancer research initiative called the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centre Network.

A consortium of five regional cancer care and research centres from Atlantic Canada to British Columbia are expected to participate in the initiative.