World-Class Cancer Research Right Here at Home

Today, The Ottawa Hospital is a world leader in cancer research. From our unmatched expertise in oncolytic viruses to ground-breaking immunotherapy, to revolutionizing the clinical trials process, we have earned an international reputation for changing what the world knows about cancer and how we treat it.


We believe cancer can be beaten.

Our cancer and research centres have been ranked among the best in the world and we’re seeing breakthroughs that a decade ago were deemed impossible to achieve. Our world-leading research draws experts from around the world to work in our facilities, to help us revolutionize every aspect of cancer care.

Over the next 15 years, Canadians will see a 40 percent increase in cancer diagnoses with almost one in two developing cancer in their lifetime. Our ability to translate research into patient therapies coupled with one of the best-equipped cancer centres in the country means we are well-positioned to face this challenge head-on. We are challenging cancer. And winning.

“I have no doubt that we can cure cancer, and my bet is it will happen here in Ottawa. But to accomplish something of this magnitude, our scientists and doctors need our support.” – Dr. Jack Kitts, former President and CEO, The Ottawa Hospital

Donate today to support the cutting-edge research that is revolutionizing cancer care at The Ottawa Hospital and around the world.

Innovations thanks to donor support

Margaret's Gift
Ovarian cancer claimed Margaret Craig’s life. Now her generous gift is opening new doors to preventing the disease.
Activist donor takes on cancer
This local donor is unwavering in his commitment to help battle cancer.
A new era in breast cancer care
We are making world-first discoveries and pushing the boundaries of breast cancer care and research right here in Ottawa.

Cancer Research Update 2018-2019

Be Inspired

Celebrating a “re-birthday” each year since having a cancerous brain tumour removed
Nine years ago, The Ottawa Hospital saved Kimberly Mountain’s life after the discovery of cancerous brain tumour. Today, she’s confident if the cancer comes back, The Ottawa Hospital will be ready to save her again.
Undeniable gratitude from a young mom and her family
When Gina Mertikas-Lavictoire, a young mother of three, received the good news that she had gone from breast cancer patient to survivor, she knew she wasn’t done with The Ottawa Hospital. She needed to give back to help others.
Hope despite aggressive skin cancer diagnosis
Diagnosed with a stage 4 melanoma at the age of 62, Dan Collins feared for his life when he learned about the aggressive form of cancer. However, immunotherapy treatment gave him a reason to hold out hope.