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Reflecting on 25 years of impact

Small grant creates worldwide impact

In 1996, two years after its creation, Prostate Cancer Canada awarded its first research grant to Dr. Laurence Klotz and his team at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto – and its impact surpassed the team’s wildest dreams.

They used the $35,000 grant to hire one staff member who created and managed a patient database. This step in their journey contributed to the development of active surveillance – an approach starting with monitoring low risk prostate cancer and only offering treatment to patients when they are re-classified as being at higher risk.

“We had no idea this approach would have any kind of significant impact. And yet, it had worldwide impact.”

Following research and publications over the next years, active surveillance became the international standard. It has led to a significant reduction in overtreatment – helping many patients avoid treatment entirely.
Dr. Laurence Klotz talks about the evolution of prostate cancer research in Canada over 25 years

Dr. Klotz says: “It resulted in millions of men around the world avoiding the side effects of unnecessary therapy. It’s a real example of how a small investment at the start can have far-reaching consequences.”

25 years later – mortality cut in half

Since 1994, Prostate Cancer Canada, in partnership with the Movember Foundation, has invested $115 million into world-leading Canadian research that is improving treatments. Over these 25 years, the mortality rate has decreased by 50 per cent – our supporters can take pride knowing they contributed to this remarkable decrease.
Dr. Klotz says: “There are many examples across the country of researchers who’ve received support and have gone on to make extremely important contributions, including the development of 3-D ultrasound, fusion targeting ultrasound MRI systems, biomarkers, and new drugs. There are many examples where Prostate Cancer Canada funds led to significant impact on patient outcome.”

“It’s a completely different environment now than 25 years ago. As a result of the support of Prostate Cancer Canada, we now have an incredibly robust and dynamic prostate cancer research community. Canada punches way above its weight.”

“We have many internationally-renowned researchers and I don’t think there’s any other country of comparable size that has achieved such stature in prostate cancer research. This is very much due to the ongoing support of Prostate Cancer Canada which has made funding available for a lot of talented people to carry out their research that has been extremely productive, resulting in advances in management of the disease,” Klotz says.

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Posted: 2019-02-01 12:51:03 PM


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