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Garron Family Cancer Centre

PERCC Projects

Selected Current Projects

Lancet Oncology Commission

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. Cancer kills more than 100,000 children each year, and yet 80% of paediatric cancers are treatable with currently available interventions. Notably, the majority of these deaths occur in low-to-middle-income countries (LMIC) where children have poor access to health services. It is crucial that as countries transition to universal health care, childhood cancers are recognised as a priority for inclusion in benefits packages. Yet no reliable data are available in LMIC on current and future burden of childhood cancer; on cost of effective interventions; on current coverage levels for diagnostic, treatment, and care services; or on the cost, feasibility, or health and economic benefits of scaling-up effective coverage. There is an imperative for a comprehensive study to develop an investment framework to establish an evidence-based case for investing in effective interventions to address childhood cancer.
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Selected Past Projects


Burkitt project: PERCC has partnered with an international team of collaborators at the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala, Uganda, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, to evaluate a comprehensive treatment program for childhood Burkitt lymphoma. PERCC is leading the economic evaluation of the program, which will provide some of the first detailed data on the cost-effectiveness of treating pediatric cancer in a low-income country setting. Results of this work will aid both institutional and national priority setting, and will contribute policy-relevant knowledge on childhood cancer treatment in diverse health system contexts.  


Policy – One of the outputs of our successful Forum on National Childhood Cancer Strategies in Latin America in 2015 is a collaboration between PERCC, the Union for the International Control of Cancer, Childhood Cancer International, and the Foundation Nuestros Hijos in Chile to conduct a mapping exercise of how childhood cancer is delivered, financed, and governed across Latin America. This will allow successful models to be showcased, and provide a baseline informing future childhood cancer policy efforts across the region.

Workshop Documents

  1. evidence brief
  2. dialogue summary
  3. topic overview
  4. Testimony