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  • Research Updates: Colon and head and neck cancers
    Today’s Research Updates describe two new findings for colon and head and neck cancers.
     
    June 5, 2020

    Colon cancer research update

    A new CCS-funded study has uncovered a potential way to reduce colon cancer risk in people ...


    Date created: 06/08/2020 01:27 PM
  • Epigenetics: Why Your Genes Aren’t Everything

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    By: Andrea Savio

    Why do identical twins differ despite having the exact same DNA? It’s all about how the DNA is used – read on to learn more about how ‘epigenetics’ controls this.

    DNA is the ...


    Date created: 05/10/2019 11:52 AM
  • Liquid biopsies: A blood test for detecting and monitoring cancer?

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    We are living in an era where technological advances allow researchers to answer key questions relating to cancer biology in ways that they never could before. New and powerful approaches have opened doors particularly in the field ...


    Date created: 08/25/2017 03:01 PM
  • Chemoprevention: What Researchers Are Learning From Your Mom

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    Your Mom would be very happy.  Cancer researchers have published studies showing that eating vegetables like broccoli may lower the risk for developing some cancers (1). Taking this idea one step further, researchers want to know ...
    Date created: 07/20/2017 09:00 AM

  • Green Science: The Role of Medical Marijuana in Cancer Therapy

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    Canada has announced that in 2017 it will make a monumental change to the drug policy relating to the use of marijuana.  The change to the drug policy will pursue the benefits of marijuana while emphasizing shared responsibility, ...


    Date created: 05/10/2017 10:32 AM
  • Could Smartphones be Used to Detect Skin Cancer?

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    Possibly. A recent study in the journal Nature found that computers programmed with image recognition technology could diagnose skin cancer just as accurately as skilled skin cancer doctors evaluating the same images.

    These ...

    Date created: 04/11/2017 03:52 PM

Research reflections

  • Research Updates: Colon and head and neck cancers
    Today’s Research Updates describe two new findings for colon and head and neck cancers.
     
    June 5, 2020

    Colon cancer research update

    A new CCS-funded study has uncovered a potential way to reduce colon cancer risk in people ...


    Date created: 06/08/2020 01:27 PM
  • Epigenetics: Why Your Genes Aren’t Everything

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    By: Andrea Savio

    Why do identical twins differ despite having the exact same DNA? It’s all about how the DNA is used – read on to learn more about how ‘epigenetics’ controls this.

    DNA is the ...


    Date created: 05/10/2019 11:52 AM
  • Leaving childhood cancer behind

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    Dr Brian Nieman, researcher, Toronto


    Who:  Brock Taraba, leukemia survivor, Niagara Falls and 

    What:  Dr Nieman is funded by the Canadian Cancer Society to study changes in brain structure and function in children who received ...
    Date created: 07/11/2016 10:22 AM

  • Breaking down screening barriers

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     Dr Aisha Lofters, researcher, Toronto


    Who : Lezlie Lee Kam, outreach volunteer, Toronto and

    What : With Canadian Cancer Society funding, Dr Lofters studied cancer screening rates among people like Lezlie, who have disabilities.

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    Date created: 05/09/2016 12:44 PM

  • New technology to diagnose hard-to-find cancers
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    Who:  Dr Shana Kelley, researcher, Toronto
    What:  Dr Kelley and her team are developing a new device to detect cancer earlier using patient blood samples.
    Why:  Detecting hard-to-diagnose cancers early through a blood test may ...
    Date created: 06/13/2016 09:50 AM

  • Chasing Down Metastatic Cancer

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    What is metastatic cancer?

    Cancer has many nasty features that make it one of the most difficult and complicated diseases to treat and cure.  It doesn’t sit still- it is constantly growing, changing and ...
    Date created: 01/17/2017 03:55 PM

  • Drug Repurposing for Colorectal Cancer: Redesigning a House Into a Bookstore

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    What if there was a quicker and cheaper way to bring forth more treatment options for people with cancer? Researchers are trying to do just that by repurposing drugs used for other diseases to treat cancer. The process of drug ...


    Date created: 02/21/2017 04:33 PM
  • Ready-or-not here we come: opening our eyes to the fight on cancer

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    Cancer cells are locked into an epic game of hide-and-seek with our body.  Naturally, our body is tuned to recognize and eliminate foreign matter with the help of our immune system.  Cancer is no exception.  Routine inspection shows ...


    Date created: 03/21/2017 10:54 AM
  • Could Smartphones be Used to Detect Skin Cancer?

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    Possibly. A recent study in the journal Nature found that computers programmed with image recognition technology could diagnose skin cancer just as accurately as skilled skin cancer doctors evaluating the same images.

    These ...

    Date created: 04/11/2017 03:52 PM

  • Green Science: The Role of Medical Marijuana in Cancer Therapy

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    Canada has announced that in 2017 it will make a monumental change to the drug policy relating to the use of marijuana.  The change to the drug policy will pursue the benefits of marijuana while emphasizing shared responsibility, ...


    Date created: 05/10/2017 10:32 AM
  • Chemoprevention: What Researchers Are Learning From Your Mom

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    Your Mom would be very happy.  Cancer researchers have published studies showing that eating vegetables like broccoli may lower the risk for developing some cancers (1). Taking this idea one step further, researchers want to know ...
    Date created: 07/20/2017 09:00 AM

  • Liquid biopsies: A blood test for detecting and monitoring cancer?

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    We are living in an era where technological advances allow researchers to answer key questions relating to cancer biology in ways that they never could before. New and powerful approaches have opened doors particularly in the field ...


    Date created: 08/25/2017 03:01 PM
  • Melanin: Friend or Foe?

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    Summer has finally arrived for Canadians and we are eager to bask in the sun. We all know that too much sun exposure increases our risk of getting skin cancer. However, a recent study found that the damaging effect of the sun’s ...


    Date created: 08/27/2015 11:34 AM
  • It’s My Life! – One year later For university student Hannah, it “was the push I needed to take better care of my health for the present and future.” Doris reported, “I have already had cancer, but there were still things that I learned from it.”

    Doris, Hannah and ...

    Date created: 09/08/2015 09:10 AM
  • Protecting workers in the mining industry Who:
    Vern Ramsay, mantle cell lymphoma survivor, Sudbury
    Victoria Arrandale, occupational health researcher, Toronto
     
    What:
    A Society-funded study is working to better understand levels of exposure to carcinogens in the ...

    Date created: 11/09/2015 09:47 AM
  • Dear 2016: I Commit To Butt Out


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    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Canada and smoking accounts for more than 85% of these cases (1). While butting out is among the top 3 New Year’s resolutions, a surprising estimated 80% of people actually keep their ...


    Date created: 01/11/2016 12:11 PM
  • Managing fear after cancer

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    Claudia Hernandez, breast cancer survivor, Toronto

     

    Dr Sophie Lebel, psychology researcher, Ottawa

     

    Dr Christine Maheu, nursing researcher, Montreal and Toronto

     

     

     

    What:

     

    A new group therapy is being tested for its ...
    Date created: 10/13/2015 02:27 PM

  • Getting to the root of the problem: Cancer stem cells

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    If cancer is like a dandelion, cancer stem cells are considered the root of the dandelion. You can cut off the top of the dandelion, but unless you destroy the roots, the weed will grow back and spread.

    One of the biggest challenges in ...
    Date created: 08/27/2015 11:37 AM

  • Digital Tour of a Cancer Research Lab
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    Have you ever wondered what a typical cancer research lab looks like? If so click the link below and follow researcher Zeynep Kahramanoglu on an interactive digital tour of a lab. You’ll get to see all of the sophisticated equipment ...

    Date created: 12/08/2015 09:20 AM
  • Sifting For Quality: How to Read Scientific Information
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    These days a wealth of information is available at our fingertips. Any Google search on a topic is bound to return thousands, even millions of results. In an age of information excess, how do we choose what to focus on? How do we know ...

    Date created: 02/08/2016 09:20 AM
  • Who are cancer researchers?
     
    We've heard from various cancer researchers here on our community, from information about the HPV vaccine , to learning how to read scientific information . We've even had cancer researchers host a live webcast here about the latest ...

    Date created: 08/27/2015 11:35 AM
  • Caregivers need support too

    Who:

    Karen McConnell, caregiver, Windsor 

    Dr Camilla Zimmermann, researcher and palliative care doctor, Toronto
     

    What:

    Society-funded research showed caregivers had worse quality of life if they were ...
    Date created: 09/17/2015 11:05 AM

  • RIOT Video Blog- How to read scientific information


     
    With today's abundance of healthcare news and information, it is important to be critical of the research we encounter. Natalia shares with you some important points to consider the next time you read, watch or hear ...

    Date created: 08/27/2015 11:32 AM
  • You asked, our researchers answered!


    On April 28th, we hosted a live webcast Latest Advances in Cancer Research . The researchers shared some of the latest discoveries in cancer research, as well as some of the new ways scientists are trying to treat this disease. We had ...

    Date created: 08/27/2015 11:30 AM
  • The Effects of Exercise and Childhood Cancer Survivors


    Over the past 30 years, forward bounds in science and medicine have led to the recovery of an increasingly large number of people diagnosed with cancer. This fact is of no exception to the number of children diagnosed with cancer ...

    Date created: 08/27/2015 11:29 AM
  • HPV vaccine – why the bad reputation?


    Cancers derive from cells within our own body that have gone haywire. But did you know that some viral infections are responsible for these cell changes and can cause cancer? These events are unusual, but can lead to many different ...
    Date created: 08/27/2015 11:28 AM

  • Could the war on tobacco help fight obesity? Who:
    Dr David Hammond, public health researcher, Waterloo

    What:
    Society-funded research found that adding nutritional information to menus helped consumers make healthier choices while eating out and reduced calorie ...

    Date created: 03/09/2015 08:42 AM
  • Let’s talk about sex – helping prostate cancer survivors cope with sexual dysfunction Last year, approximately 23,600 Canadian men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. The good news is more men are surviving than ever before – the 5-year survival rate is now 96%. Prostate cancer treatments offer an excellent chance ...

    Date created: 02/17/2015 08:45 AM
  • Getting fit to help quit At the beginning of January, a number of us may have made a resolution to get more exercise. Exercise has a lot of known health benefits, and it may even help with another common new year’s resolution: quitting smoking.  
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    Date created: 01/13/2015 01:39 PM
  • Radon- an invisible threat During November there has been lots of media coverage on lung cancer. Did you know that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Canada and the leading cause in non-smokers? Health Canada estimates that about 16% of lung ...

    Date created: 11/20/2014 03:13 PM
  • Healing the cracks in care  As we've discussed on this community , creative activities such as journaling or art, can help cancer patients and caregivers express their experiences and relieve tension. One Society-funded study is looking at how ...
    Date created: 11/13/2014 03:23 PM
  • Research reflections - Beacon of hope for cancer patients One of the most exciting fields in cancer research right now is the development of ‘targeted therapies’ – that is, therapies that are designed to attack a unique feature of cancer cells so that treatment kills cancer ...

    Date created: 10/21/2014 02:57 PM
  • Research reflections - Overcoming fatigue Cancer treatment can be exhausting. With a heavy treatment schedule, plus other appointments and high stress levels, it’s no surprise that many cancer patients experience fatigue during treatment.
     
    But did you ...

    Date created: 10/21/2014 11:28 AM