ACCESS: Advancing Childhood Cancer Experience, Science & Survivorship


In Canada, approximately 1,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year.


There is an overall survival rate of less than 15% in children with refractory, relapsed or metastatic cancer.


More than 80% of adult survivors of childhood cancer experience long-term side effects.

ACCESS: Advancing Childhood Cancer Experience, Science & Survivorship


Every child with cancer in Canada is cured and healthy.


Every child with cancer in Canada has equitable access to the latest scientific advances, diagnostic tools, therapies and supportive care leading to better health outcomes and an improved quality of life.

Who we are?

We are a diverse network of researchers, healthcare providers, policy-makers, health system leaders, partners and people with lived experience from across Canada, dedicated to advancing childhood cancer experience, science and survivorship.

What we do?

Our work is two-fold:

  1. To support research in all phases of the pediatric cancer journey.
  2. To establish a multi-stakeholder, pan-Canadian pediatric cancer network.

We are organized into seven themes of research, from understanding cancer development to its diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. These themes include cancer biology; clinical trials; access to innovative therapies and optimal care; regulation, policy and economics; education and training; ethical, legal and societal issues and implementation science, and psychosocial and survivorship.

We have two important areas of work that cut across our research themes and network development which are knowledge mobilization and social justice, Indigenization and inclusion.

A network of persons with lived experience who are involved in all aspects of ACCESS is in development.

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