Cancer is a global issue that affects everyone, either directly or indirectly. It is now the leading cause of death in both the developed and developing world. More people die from cancer than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and the death toll is set to rise dramatically over the coming decades. It has been predicted that over the next 10 years, as many as 84 million people will die of cancer and more than 70% of them will be in the developing world. There is therefore an urgent need for collaborating in research to combat this deadly disease. Although there have been a number of exciting recent developments in cancer treatment, more work still needs to be done in all areas of basic, translational and clinical research.