The Cancer Research Strategy for Wales is being developed, ready for delivery in 2020, following the recommendation in the Cancer Delivery Plan. Work commenced in August 2018 and is being led the Wales Cancer Network (WCN), the Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC), and the Wales Cancer Alliance (WCA). The strategy sets out how we, as professionals, can develop and apply research to improve outcomes for cancer patients in Wales and beyond.
Information on the Cancer Research Strategy is available here. The draft strategy document, and a summary document, will be available soon.
Through our work we have developed four grand challenges for Wales:
“Within 10 years, our research will deliver innovations that, when implemented, will reduce healthcare inequalities in Wales”.
“Within 10 years our research will deliver at least one novel cancer intervention that will be implemented worldwide”.
“Within 10 years, Wales will be a leading collaborator in multicentre research, and there will be a trebling of the number of research partnerships between scientists in Wales and beyond”.
“All cancer patients in Wales will be offered the opportunity to take part in research”.
Central to the achievement of these Grand Challenges is the identification of three research domains: laboratory and clinical science, population science, and health services research. It is where these domains intersect that Wales has opportunities to build its unique niche.
We will be seeking professional and public opinion to ensure the Cancer Research Strategy for Wales is relevant, fit for purpose, and owned by all.
The professional consultation will be launching on 18th October 2019.
Our public online survey is now live and can be accessed here until 15th January 2020.
We have also run three consultation events across Wales and will shortly be sharing our findings from these workshops.
If you would like any further information about the Cancer Research Strategy for Wales, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC@cardiff.ac.uk)