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Past News

November 2018

Dr. Sumit Gupta presents as Co-Chair of a Lancet Oncology Symposium at the 2018 SIOP Symposium in Kyoto, Japan.

May 2018

SickKids-Harvard Cancer Medicines Collaborative: PERCC hosted a meeting with childhood cancer and essential medicines experts from Harvard University to establish the SickKids-Harvard Cancer Medicines Collaborative, a joint endeavour to promote research aimed at improving access to essential cancer medicines for children in low- and middle-income countries.

Centre for Global Child Health (C-GCH) Catalyst Grant on Global Childhood Cancer Access: the PERCC team was awarded the C-GCH Catalyst Grant on Global Childhood Cancer Access for their project: “Global childhood cancer drug access: A Ghanaian health system analysis”

The project  was presented at the C-GCH Weekly Seminar Series on May 2, 2018.

April 2018

WHO Meeting on Cancer Drug Availability and Affordability: In response to the 2017 World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution on Cancer, the WHO held an international advisory meeting to inform the development of a technical report on cancer drug availability and affordability. Dr. Avram Denburg attended as the PAHO-nominated regional representative for North America. The unique realities and needs of children with cancer were voiced, and recommendations related to paediatric drug pricing, production, procurement, and reimbursement will form part of the ultimate report.

January 2018

Pediatric Oncology Roundtable to Transform Access to Global Essentials (PORTAGE): Together, Ruth Hoffman (CEO of the American Childhood Cancer Organization) and Avram Denburg launched the PORTAGE initiative, a joint endeavour of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP), Childhood Cancer International (CCI) and Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP). It kicked off at an international meeting in the UAE in January, with the patronage of HRH Queen of Sharjah. It brought together stakeholders from industry, global health governance institutions, civil society, and academia to identify tractable, scalable and sustainable solutions to current barriers to drug access, across domains of availability, accessibility, acceptability, affordability and quality. The meeting laid the groundwork for bilateral and multilateral partnerships to improve access to essential childhood cancer medicines.

November 2017

11th International Conference on Cancer in Africa (AORTIC 2017): November 7-10 Kigali, Rwanda
Members of the PERCC Team participated in the biennial AORTIC International Conference on Cancer in Africa hosted by the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC).  AORTIC is a pan-African, bilingual, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to the promotion of cancer care and control in Africa.

Watch Dr. Denburg and Dr. Gupta’s interviews below:

Treating Burkitt's lymphoma in Kampala – Dr. Avram Denburg
Treating Burkitt S Lymphoma In Kampala
Access to Essential Paediatric Medicines

Affordability of childhood cancer treatments – Dr. Sumit Gupta
Adapting UICC Guidelines for Low Resource Settings

Affordability of Childhood Cancer Treatments

September 2017

Lancet Oncology Commission on Sustainable Paediatric Cancer Care Meeting held at SickKids - September 7-9, 2017
Read more about this meeting on SickKids News “Treating the gaps in childhood cancer care

Watch the Lancet Oncology Commission on Sustainable Paediatric Cancer Care Panel held on Friday, September 8, moderated by Dr. Sumit Gupta

Program Program - PDF

June 2017

New Publication: Improving childhood cancer care in Latin America and the Caribbean: a PAHO Childhood Cancer Working Group position statement

May 2017
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) - Regional Childhood Cancer Task Force Meeting Report now available.

February 2017
PAHO Regional Childhood Cancer Task Force meeting in Washington

Regional experts on childhood cancer join forces to reduce inequities and increase access to care

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January 2017

New Publications:

Denburg AE, Arora B, Arora RS, Auste C, Bagai P, Barr R, Challinor J, Eden T, Grynzspancholc E, Hoffman R, Link M. Access to essential medicines for children with cancer: A joint SIOP-CCI position statement. Lancet Oncology 2017;18:20-22.

Denburg AE, Wilson MG, Johnson S, Kutluk T, Torode J, Gupta S. Advancing the development of national childhood cancer care strategies in Latin America. Journal of Cancer Policy 2017; 12: 7-15.

Pediatric Cancer Working Group for Latin America and the Caribbean:
PERCC is collaborating with PAHO, UICC and the University of Chile to co-convene and help lead a Pediatric Cancer Working Group for Latin America and the Caribbean, which will hold its inaugural meeting on Feb 2-3, 2017 at the PAHO headquarters in Washington, DC. The meeting brings together MoH representatives from 20 countries in the region to share experiences and challenges faced regarding the provision of childhood cancer care, and to strategize about national and regional approaches to improving systems of care in Latin America and the Caribbean.

July 2016

The Lancet Oncology Commission on Sustainable Paediatric Cancer Care
Launching in 2018, The Lancet Oncology Commission on Sustainable Paediatric Cancer Care is a joint partnership between PERCC, St. Jude Children’s Research and Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Commission will undertake a comprehensive analysis to develop an investment case for funding management and control of childhood cancer.  Learn more about this Commission.

The First Commissioner’s Meeting took place in Memphis June 17-18, pictured below.

April 2016

Grant Announcement:
Dr. Sumit Gupta is the winner of the Centre for Global Child Health Catalyst Grant for his successful proposal: ‘The Cost and Cost-Effectiveness of Treating Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma and Wilms Tumor in a Middle-Income Country.’

March 2016

New Publication:
Sumit Gupta, Joanne F Aitken, Ute Bartels, James Brierley, Mae Dolendo, Paola Friedrich, Soad Fuentes-Alabi, Claudia P Garrido, Gemma Gatta, Mary Gospodarowicz, Thomas Gross, Scott C Howard, Elizabeth Molyneux, Florencia Moreno, Jason D Pole, Kathy Pritchard-Jones, Oscar Ramirez, Lynn A G Ries, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Hee Young Shin, Eva Steliarova-Foucher, Lillian Sung, Eddy Supriyadi, Rajaraman Swaminathan, Julie Torode, Tushar Vora, Tezer Kutluk, A Lindsay Frazier.  Paediatric cancer stage in population-based cancer registries: the Toronto consensus principles and guidelines. Lancet Oncol 2016; 17: e163–72

January 13-15, 2016

Visit to Tata Memorial Centre
Team members from the newly established Unit for Policy and Economics Research in Childhood Cancer (PERCC) made an initial visit to Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) in Mumbai, India. TMC is one of the largest cancer hospitals in the world, seeing 30,000 new patients a year, 1800 of which are under the age of 15. Drs. Horton, Gupta and Denburg met with local pediatric oncologists as well as TMC’s directors and members of the hospital administration to discuss the utility of studies focusing on determining the cost and cost-effectiveness of treating various childhood malignancies in their setting. After three days of enthusiastic meetings and sessions working out study details, PERCC and TMC have decided to collaborate on a pilot study focusing on childhood Wilms and Hodgkin lymphoma. The results will inform advocacy efforts both at TMC as well as at the international level, and will lead to studies of other pediatric cancers.

Left to right: Dr. Sumit Gupta, Sue Horton, Rajesh Dixit, Head of the IARC Mumbai Regional Hub, Dr. Brijesh Arora, Paediatric Oncologist, TMC, Dr. Tushar Vora, Paediatric Oncologist, TMC, Dr. Avi Denburg.

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January 2016

Gelband H, Sankaranarayanan R, Gauvreau CL, Horton S, Anderson BO, Bray F, Cleary J, Dare AJ, Denny L, Gospodarowicz MK, Gupta S, Howard SC, Jaffray DA, Knaul F, Levin C, Rabeneck L, Rajaraman P, Sullivan T, Trimble EL, Jha P, for the Disease Control Priorities-3 Cancer Author Group. Costs, affordability, and feasibility of an essential package of cancer control interventions in low-income and middle-income countries: Key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition. Lancet. 2015. Published online before print.

December 1, 2015: Dr. Sumit Gupta contributes to latest Disease Control Priorities 3rd Edition volume on cancer

September is Childhood Cancer  Awareness month. 

Read the Lancet Oncology Commission article which addresses the role of primary care in the control of a global cancer epidemic.

Forum on National Childhood Cancer Strategies in Latin America (June 8-10, 2015: Geneva)

PERCC Leadership play key roles in planning and executing the Forum on National Childhood Cancer Strategies in Latin America (June 8-10, 2015) in Geneva. Links to workshop documents and testimony below.