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Pfizer gives grants to cancer control organisations

5th February 2009

Pfizer has given $7 million (4.85 million pounds) in grants to 13 non-governmental organisations.

The payments – as part of the organisation’s Global Health Partnerships scheme – will go towards improvements in cancer prevention and treatment therapies for patients.

Commenting on the grants, Mace Rothenberg, vice-president of clinical development and medical affairs at the company’s Oncology Business Unit, said they “represent an important step” in advancing cancer research programmes.

He added this year’s payment will focus on areas including early breast tumour detection and education and the establishment of patient navigation schemes, which all play “an important role” in fighting the disease.

Organisations included in the grant payments include the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer – based in Belgium – and the Irish Cancer Society.

In December last year, Pfizer revealed its Aromasin treatment demonstrated an 11 per cent reduction in breast cancer progression after 2.75 years, compared to tamoxifen.

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