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Enlisting cancer survivors to guide the future of research

Bob Tuck

As a prostate cancer survivor and Society volunteer, Bob Tuck, from North Bay, Ontario, has a unique perspective on the state of current diagnostic and treatment practices.

In 2012, he had the chance to put his patient expertise to good use as a community representative on a panel that reviews research grant proposals.

Each year, the Society uses a rigorous review process to identify the best cancer research proposals from across the country. In addition to top-level scientists and physicians, members of the public are also enlisted by the Society to review grant proposals and choose the most promising for funding.

Bob says that taking part "was an amazing experience. The review process is very thorough. Each research application is scrutinized intensely by the panel. Only the very best work gets funded so not a penny is wasted."

The Canadian Cancer Society funds more research into more types of cancer than any other national charity in Canada. Learn more about the exciting research we are currently funding.