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Brazilian project promotes search for new cancer treatments

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil should register, in 2022, more than 625,000 new cases of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute (INCA). Despite being a serious public health problem in our country, responsible for tens of thousands of deaths per year, there are few investments in national clinical trials, including in oncology.

The search for vaccines and drugs to halt the spread of the coronavirus has contributed to the development of innovative treatments against cancer. They can represent a new chance for patients who have already undergone several therapeutic options without success.

However, the research centers are still concentrated mainly in the Rio-São Paulo axis, making it difficult for patients from other regions to access them. This concentration also hinders the training of scientists and reinforces the regional gap that exists in several areas.

The "Love for Cancer Research in Brazil" project intends to be an incentive and serve as inspiration for more researchers, investigators, and scientists from all over Brazil to develop new proposals to stimulate better health conditions.
The “Love for Cancer Research in Brazil” project intends to be an incentive and serve as inspiration for more researchers, investigators, and scientists from all over Brazil to develop new proposals to stimulate better health conditions. (Photo: internet reproduction)

This historical bottleneck in Brazil was the impulse for doctors and scientists to join forces with the Vencer o Câncer (“Beating Cancer”) Institute in organizing the project Amor à Pesquisa Contra o Câncer no Brasil (“Love for Cancer Research in Brazil”) to promote the development of new research centers in regions where they are not yet established.

With this support, researchers from the North, Northeast, and Center-West will have the opportunity to execute protocols of international scope, recruiting patients from the most distinct areas of the country for these studies.

The first selection notice has already been finalized. The choice considered geographic, populational, and epidemiological criteria and the institution’s structure. Those selected will receive technical and financial support for two years during the implementation and development phase.

The “Love for Cancer Research in Brazil” project intends to be an incentive and serve as inspiration for more researchers, investigators, and scientists from all over Brazil to develop new proposals to stimulate better health conditions.

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