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On average, 617 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day. Cancer mostly affects Canadians 50 years of age and older.

As more people live into old age, the number of cancer cases will continue to rise. Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada.

No two cancers are the same. Personalized cancer medicine is at the heart of everything we do.


It’s all about the right treatment for the right patient, at the right time. We know that detecting cancers early leads to better outcomes, that’s why we work hard to understand even the smallest cancers.

Analyzing cancers in greater depth leads to a better understanding of each patient's unique disease and a more customized and effective treatment. Our cancer genomics program, for example, helps to identify the DNA mutations and molecular mechanisms that drive cancer.

At the same time, we've been working to target treatments more precisely so we can eliminate cancers, leaving more healthy tissue intact while new treatments, like immunotherapy, are advancing rapidly and have the potential to significantly impact survival rates.

We focus on the treatment of the disease, but take an overarching whole-person approach to patient care. We are dedicated to assisting all who have been affected by cancer, providing services that focus on physical, emotional, psychological and social needs throughout the cancer journey.
of all new cancer cases will be in four sites: of lung, breast, prostate and colorectal
of Canadians diagnosed are expected to survive five years or more
of all newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancer related

A quick look at cancer in Canada

We have a long list of world firsts and we will not stop until we stop cancer.

Highlights include: stem cells, the T-cell receptor, lung cancer signatures, new views on how blood is made, root causes of relapse, biomarkers that identify aggressive cancers and more.
  • Medical Oncology

    50 world-renowned clinicians with expertise in clinical research, genomics, drug development and immunotherapy and 70 sub-specialty fellows.

  • Surgical Oncology

    A highly-skilled surgical oncology teams with 72 surgeons performing over 6,000 cancer surgeries annually using cutting-edge technologies.

  • Radiation Oncology

    The most advanced single-site radiation medicine program with over 89,000 visits per year. Home to 36 radiation oncologists, 33 radiation physicists and 160 radiation therapists.

  • Supportive Cancer Care

    160 people provide globally recognized supportive care in psychosocial, palliative care and survivorship programs.

Together, we can Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime