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The Diseases of the Century. Can Cancer be Beaten?
7 June 2019
17:00—18:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Cutting-edge technologies and state support helped make a progress in fighting cancer

Oncology is a priority of the government programme that aims to develop the pharmaceutical and medical industries. As of today, we have already supported over 160 projects under this programme — Sergey Tsyb, First Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation .

We can significantly improve and sustain a patient’s life and survival rate: its is cutting-edge technologies, and instrumental methods, and chemotherapy. We have made a substantial progress in fighting cancer — Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences.

ISSUES
Negative legacy of 1990s is still to be overcome in healthcare

Unfortunately, we have lost a lot over the last decades. These losses occurred because there was no opportunity or money or political will — Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Over the last 30 years, we have lost a lot in terms of human resources, technologies, outlook and the will of younger generation to follow this path. We need to restore all of it — Andrey Kaprin, Director, National Medical Research Radiological Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

The nature of cancers needs to be better studied

Unfortunately, there are no specific answers to the following questions: why do mutations happen? How many mutations do have in our bodies? What conditions helps mutations and what prevents them? How does this work and what is the role of our own immunity? We still do not fully understand it, or at least we do not to a great extent — Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Recent years’ research helped us make an enormous progress in understanding the nature of cancer – we know a lot more than we did before. But we do not know enough about the nature of its origin — Danil Baryshnikov, Chairman, Committee for Investment in Social Infrastructure, Agency for Social Investment.

We think about primary cancer, while there are sencondary cancers as well. This requires further research — Roman Prymula, Deputy Minister of Health of the Czech Republic.

No consolidated database of oncology-related medical records

We tried finding samplings that would suffice technology-wise. Apparently, there are just a few samplings, and we failed to find enough data. Each and every facility stores their own data — Danil Baryshnikov, Chairman, Committee for Investment in Social Infrastructure, Agency for Social Investment.

SOLUTIONS
Active collaboration between medical and research facilities and organizations

There is a certain practice of creating platforms that help research facilities join their efforts. There is a proposal to consider a platform for collaboration, for data collection, which may be beneficial for research — Danil Baryshnikov, Chairman, Committee for Investment in Social Infrastructure, Agency for Social Investment.

Certain tasks can only be resolved through collaboration. It applies to Russian local problems, international and open cooperation, as well as reaching a certain level of trust — Maxim Safonov, Director, Green Capital Alliance; Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

Cooperation is truly important for us. It is cooperation with the Russian Academy of Science, Kurchatov Institute and universities that help us move forward — Valentin Smirnov, Member of the Russian Academy of Science, Research Institute of Apllied Physics and Automation, ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation.

Creating a system for early cancer detection

We need to start with screening. If we keep getting neglected cases, we will never fight it — Vladimir Uyba, Director, Federal Medical and Biological Agency of Russia.

We need to do a preventive medical checkup for older generations that have a high risk of cancer — Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Attracting private investment

If we take high-end diagnostics and treatment methods, private investors are really active in this area. They are busy investing in building a whole infrastructure — Sergey Tsyb, First Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation .

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS