Improving Cancer Outcomes: Innovations, Opportunities & Strategies in the Care Continuum Call for Abstracts Please submit your abstracts via, Deadline for submissions is the 30th July 2022 Subthemes Research informing Policy and Practice Training, Education and Mentorship Improving access to Cancer Care Advancements in Nursing, Pediatric, Radiation, Medical and Surgical Oncology Survivorship and Palliative Care Innovations in Technology and Precision Medicine Pre-conference workshops Radiation Contouring and Planning workshop Multidisciplinary colorectal surgery workshop

Shaping the Future of Cancer Research in Kenya

The National Cancer Institute of Kenya is charged with the responsibility of coordinating cancer-related research to inform policy and practice. This is in line with the aspirations of the National Cancer Control Strategy for Kenya, 2017-2022 that highlighted research as a central strategy in all cancer control planning in the country. Although there has been substantial progress in cancer treatment, screening, diagnosis, and prevention over the past several decades, addressing cancer health disparities—such as higher cancer death rates, less frequent use of proven screening tests, and higher rates of advanced cancer diagnoses—in certain populations is an area in which progress has not kept pace. The Institute is thus keen on cancer disparities and equity research and is therefore prioritizing the following research areas:

  • Basic science of pre-malignancy and prevention
  • Biomarkers, early detection, and screening
  • Cancer in minority populations and cancer health disparities
  • Risk factors: social determinants, environment/physical determinants, biological factors, behavioral factors, protective and/or Resiliency factors and Co-morbidities
  • Cancer interception
  • Clinical epidemiology, lifestyle, and environmental risk factors
  • Molecular epidemiology, cancer genetics, and predisposition genes
  • Precision cancer prevention
  • Precision molecular diagnostics
  • Post-treatment surveillance, survivorship and energetics
  • Financially sustainable models for cancer care
  • Cancer workforce utilization models
  • Best palliation models

As the country’s lead institution for cancer prevention and control, NCI-Kenya advises the Cabinet Secretary for Health, on policy matters relating to the prevention, treatment and control of cancer. This is through a systematic analysis of all cancer prevention and control activities undertaken by various stakeholders to determine the gaps and make recommendations on the investment priorities for the country.

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