Cancer Research and Advocacy
Research helps to identify causes and develop strategies for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure for cancer. Research centres, institutes, companies, and hospitals, all contribute in a step by step progress against cancer.
Ranging from molecular bioscience to the clinical trials, Cancer research helps in evaluation and comparison of applications of various Cancer treatments. Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy and combined treatment modalities such as chemo-radiotherapy are such applications. It is the mid-1990s that marked the shifting of clinical cancer research to therapies derived from biotechnology research, such as cancer immunotherapy and gene therapy.
An advocate is a professional who supports or defends a cause. Similarly, in the cancer community, an advocate supports a cause or policy regarding cancer. Cancer advocates work on a local or national level, providing support to those living with cancer, raising public awareness of the disease, advancing cancer research, improving the quality of cancer care, addressing legislative and regulatory issues that affect cancer research.