CANCER RESEARCH MALAYSIA
Cancer Research Malaysia was launched by our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed in 2002 to conduct research to find ways to beat cancer. Cancer Research Malaysia conducts patient oriented research and education and is working towards a world that is free from the fear of cancer.
We have grown from a 700sf laboratory with 6 scientists to a team of 40 dedicated scientists in 8000sf of laboratory space. We have conducted research that can make a difference in a patient’s life, in areas that we know we can improve clinical practise. Over the years, our scientists have achieved advances in the understanding of cancers and won many awards for our work.
In our familial breast and ovarian cancer research programme, we now know more about the genes that cause some women to be more likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer and we use this information to target screening and prevention to women who need it most. In our oral and nasopharyngeal cancer programme, we have registered 3 patents and are developing new therapies for these cancers. We are not yet treating patients, but if all goes well, in the next few years, we should be running clinical trials to test whether we can train cancer patients’ immune system to fight these cancers.
And finally, in our drug discovery programme, we are developing more effective cures with less side effects. Cancer Research Malaysia has the best lab to combine biology and chemistry to identify anti-cancer compounds from Malaysia’s treasure trove of natural products. All this research, we hope, will one day lead to better ways to cure cancer. We also recognise that laboratory-based research is only half the picture and we can improve survival by improving public understanding of cancer screening and treatment. Through our cancer awareness programmes, we are already helping to improve cancer literacy. Through our early detection programme dubbed “More than a Mammo”, more than 2,000 women have had mamographic screenings since the study started in October 2011.
We believe that the answer for cancer prevention and treatment lies in our very own population, in our genes, our health habits and in Malaysia’s own biodiversity. Hope Lives Here was Cancer Research Malaysia's 10th Anniversary simple, yet powerful theme.
Supported by generous donors and inspired by patients who have been an integral part of our research, we are now poised to move into the next phase of our strategic development, which includes new areas such as translational research, behavioural science research.