Dr. Janet Dancey

Clinician-Scientist I
Scientific Director, Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network

Dr. Janet Dancey is the leader of the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network (3CTN) and the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG). 3CTN is a pan-Canadian initiative to improve the efficiency and quality of clinical trials in Canada. 3CTN coordinates and supports a network of teams at cancer treatment centres and hospitals to enable sites to increase their capacity and capability to conduct academic-led cancer trials. CCTG is Canada’s largest cancer trial network with over 80 centres, 3,100 investigators and trial staff conducting Phase I-III trials of cancer therapeutics.

Current affiliations

  • Clinician-Scientist I, OICR;
  • Scientific Director, Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network(3CTN);
  • Director, Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Group;
  • Professor, Department of Oncology, Queen’s University.

Research interests

  • Experimental therapeutics and biomarkers to improve treatments for patients with cancer;
  • Clinical trial methodology;
  • Clinical application of precision medicine strategies.

Select publications

Schwartz LH, Seymour L, Litière S, et al.
RECIST 1.1 – Standardisation and disease-specific adaptations: perspectives from the RECIST Working Group.
Eur J Cancer. 2016 Jul;62:138-45. doi: 0.1016/j.ejca.2016.03.082.
PubMed PMID:27237360.


Boyd N, Dancey JE, Gilks CB, Huntsman DG.
Rare cancers: a sea of opportunity.
Lancet Oncol. 2016 Feb;17(2):e52-61. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(15)00386-1.
PubMed PMID: 26868354.


Monzon JG, Hay AE, McDonald et al.
Correlation of single arm versus randomised phase 2 oncology trial characteristics with phase 3 outcome.
Eur J Cancer. 2015 Nov;51(17):2501-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2015.08.004.
PubMed PMID: 26338195.


Dancey JE.
Assessing benefit in trials: are we making progress in assessing progression in cancer clinical trials?
Cancer. 2015 Jun 1;121(11):1728-30. doi:10.1002/cncr.29084.
PubMed PMID: 25336284.


An MW, Dong X, Meyers J, Han Y, and Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors Steering Committee.
Evaluating Continuous Tumor Measurement-Based Metrics as Phase II Endpoints for Predicting Overall Survival.
J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Aug 21;107(11). pii: djv239. doi:10.1093/jnci/djv239.
PubMed PMID: 26296640 | PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4643633.

Previous experience and education

  • Associate Chief, Investigational Drug Branch, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute;
  • Senior Clinical Investigator, Investigational Drug Branch, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute;
  • Active Staff, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, The Toronto Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre;
  • Clinical Research Fellow, Institut Gustave Roussy. Supervisor: Dr. Thierry Le Chevalier;
  • Clinical Research Fellow, NCIC Clinical Trials Group. Supervisors: Dr. Joseph L. Pater and Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer;
  • Consultant, Kingston Regional Cancer Clinic;
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto;
  • FRCPC Certification in Medical Oncology;
  • Medical Oncologist, St. Michael’s Hospital, Department of Medicine;
  • MD, Magna Cum Laude, University of Ottawa.

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Opportunities to collaborate

Contact Dr. Dancey directly with opportunities to collaborate: janet.dancey@oicr.on.ca