Marking 60 Years of Cancer Research Progress - National Cancer Institute of Canada anniversary conference brings together leading cancer researchers

    TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - Cancer researchers from across the country will
meet from November 15 -17 in Toronto for Canada's premier research conference.
Making Connections celebrating the 60th anniversary of the National Cancer
Institute of Canada (NCIC) will highlight progress in cancer research and look
to the promise of tomorrow.
    As Canada's country's longest-standing research organization dedicated to
supporting excellent cancer research and advancing cancer control NCIC has
made a significant impact on the fight against cancer in Canada in the past 60
years. The three-day conference recognizes that there are many successes to be
celebrated: from bringing together the best researchers in the world who focus
on finding innovative advances in the fight against cancer; to ensuring the
funding is there to support researchers; to watching exciting research
findings move from the bench to the bedside, to policy and into practice.
    "There is great promise for the future as Canadian researchers accelerate
our progress towards the control of cancer," says Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer,
NCIC's President. "Their impact is increasingly international and changing
everyday practices around the world. We are closer than ever to fully
understanding many of the diseases we call 'cancer.' Thanks to research, not
only are more people surviving and living longer, but the quality of their
lives during and after treatment has improved dramatically."
    The goal of the conference is not only to celebrate 60 years of progress,
but to make vital connections across disciplines and disease sites. Making
Connections will deliver informative sessions on prevention, early detection
and predisposition to cancer, novel therapeutic interventions, and
survivorship and supportive care. The common theme of the sessions is the need
to share knowledge, a crucial step in the fight against cancer. Key topics
include prevention, early detection and predisposition to cancer, survivorship
and supportive care and novel therapeutic interventions.
    Because great things happen when the public joins with researchers to
fight cancer, the first day of the three-day conference will feature a public
forum entitled Progress and Promise: Experts Answer the Frequently Asked
Questions about Cancer Research. Experts will answer some of today's most
frequently asked questions about cancer research such as: How likely am I get
cancer? And what is the environment's relation to cancer risk?
    The conference is being held at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre Hotel
in Toronto with Sunnybrook Research Institute as the conference presenting

    More about the National Cancer Institute of Canada

    From its humble beginnings in 1947 with a staff of two, the NCIC has
grown to become Canada's largest charitably funded cancer research granting
organization. Through committed investment from the Canadian Cancer Society
and The Terry Fox Foundation, NCIC grants cover all facets of cancer research
from basic molecular investigations to behavioural and prevention studies.

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For further information: to attend the conference, or to arrange
interviews, please contact: Diana Robinson, Diana Robinson & Associates,
Phone: (416) 871-5420, E-mail:

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