Cancer

Cancer research

Meeting the cancer challenge

Cancer has a profound impact on our province – 50 per cent of men and 33 per cent of women in Alberta will develop cancer in their lifetime, and one in four will die from the disease. The good news is precision medicine promises to have a major impact on the fight.

Thanks to the mapping of the human genome and the ability to identify the makeup of a tumour, we can treat some individuals with highly targeted therapies. New discoveries, such as using the body’s own immune system to fight the disease, offer favorable alternatives to difficult courses of cancer treatment.

Led by the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, researchers are collaborating across disciplines and faculties. The breadth and depth of our research expertise enables our teams to lead the charge against cancer – especially pediatric cancers and cancers of the lung, brain, blood, and head and neck. This community of researchers and educators is dedicated to achieving a cancer-free future through discovery and innovation in basic and applied research. 

Your support of the collaborative work between scientists and physicians to integrate research and care across disciplines will lead to a better understanding of the disease and the discovery of new ways to preventing cancer, as well as detecting it earlier and treating it more effectively. 

Our development of new and less invasive tools to detect cancer at its earliest onset offers a greater opportunity to treat cancer as a localized disease.