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.

Dr. Rebecca Auer

“Donor support continues to allow our cancer experts to save more lives while we work to discover and test better ways to eradicate cancer. I believe cancer will be cured and I’m excited by the research happening right here at our hospital.”
— Dr. Rebecca Auer, Director of Cancer Research

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

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New approach to treating brain tumours changed young patient’s life
Following a decade of mini-seizures, Stefanie Scrivens was diagnosed with grade 2 oligodendroglioma. She would be one of the first to benefit from a new treatment option that could increase her chance of survival – and it’s working.
After a multiple myeloma diagnosis, a husband and wife make plans to help future patients
After Dan Lynch received a shocking diagnosis of multiple myeloma, the Green Valley resident received a stem cell transplant at The Ottawa Hospital. Now, he and his wife Wendy have decided to leave a gift in their will to our hospital.
Rare pheochromocytoma tumour gives young man the battle of his life
Bryde Fresque needed a skilled team to come up with a diagnosis of pheochromocytoma – a rare tumour that left his future uncertain.