Research funding

Funding research is our main priority. Research implies hope for a cure for cancer in the future. It also implies optimal and quality cancer treatment for patients through excellent cancer research in Norway.

The NCS provides approximately 13 percent of all direct funding for cancer research in Norway, thus contributing to promoting a research environment of top international standard in the country. A list of open calls for research projects can be found here.

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Cancer prevention and international collaboration

Through our work on disseminating information and knowledge, along with initiating projects and supporting political advocacy campaigns, the NCS endeavours to contribute to reducing the number of cancer cases. Our main efforts are focused on areas with a high potential for cancer prevention such as tobacco, sun protection, diet and physical activity.

The NCS is also actively involved in international projects. Since tobacco is the single main cause of cancer globally, we support various international tobacco prevention projects.

Our efforts include supporting political advocacy programmes to include the fight against cancer and other non-communicable diseases in the development aid priorities of the Norwegian authorities and decision makers. This also comprises the revised UN development goal.

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Cancer care

Our goal is to achieve optimal life quality for cancer patients and their families through information and intervention campaigns, projects and political advocacy.

One of our major accomplishments in collaboration with the Norwegian health authorities has been the establishment of Vardesenter, centres catering for the needs of hospitalized cancer patients. Another important milestone has been providing additional support to patients and caregivers through the services of a “cancer coordinator”. 

We also offer direct support to patients and their families through our Cancer Helpline, through services focused on patients’ rights and living conditions, and through working with volunteers and peers in collaboration with patient organizations. As well as offering financial support, other major work areas include providing services for children and adolescents, rehabilitation programmes and palliative care, and psychosocial support.

It is important for us to focus on highlighting cancer care, and particularly on topics that are sensitive and taboo.

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Communication and fundraising

The Norwegian Cancer Society is in constant dialogue and communication with cancer patients, families and other relevant bodies through various channels. Besides launching our new website in 2012, we have also increased our competency in digital communication, thus allowing access to large numbers of people through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and our own blog.

Our goals include fundraising to promote activities, and providing comprehensive and credible information on cancer and the various activities in our organization. The NCS is dependent on fund raising and donations and runs several campaigns and fundraising events during the year to draw attention to current issues. 

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