The Year 2 Rewrite Cancer Innovation Challenge called on the oncology community to address the question of how to improve awareness and availability of genomic testing in community care and rural settings to ensure patients receive the most appropriate treatment for their cancer.
The challenge statement was both reflective of how approaches in cancer care have moved on in the last year, particularly in relation to advancements in genomic profiling and specific tumour biomarkers, while also recognizing the emerging issue of geographic disparities in timely access to testing.
The result was phenomenal: nine submissions developed by nearly 40 individuals from across the country, all outlining innovative solutions to the challenge statement. Ideas ranged from educational apps on lung biomarkers, to genomic profiling awareness initiatives for patients, and even campaigns to educate patients and inform health policy.
Our esteemed steering committee, formed from a select group of professionals from across the oncology community, carefully evaluated all submissions and – after much consideration – the winners were selected.
Congratulations to the winning teams from Saint John Regional Hospital and BC Cancer who were behind these submissions. Work has already begun to help bring their ideas to life. More details about their winning ideas can be found below.
Thank you to everyone who participated!
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