The Future

DNA-researcher-(2).jpgDue to the remarkable achievements of cancer researchers worldwide — including scientists at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre — there is more hope than ever before. Recent advances in genetics and the ability to decode cancer genes are leading us towards a more customized approach, combining a better understanding of each patient’s type of cancer, and how that patient is likely to respond to particular therapies. There is a revolution happening in cancer research, and it’s called Personalized Cancer Medicine: A multi-faceted, integrated approach to find the right treatment, for the right patient, at the right time.

Trends in cancer for 2015 estimate that:1

  • 196,900 new cases of cancer and 78,000 deaths from cancer will occur.
  • More than half (about 51%) of all new cases will be prostate, breast, lung and colorectal cancers.
  • About 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetimes and 1 in 4 will die of the disease.
  • 63% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis.

At the beginning of 2009, there were about 810,045 Canadians living with a cancer that had been diagnosed in the previous 10 years.

1For detailed statistics, please visit the Canadian Cancer Statistics publication