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Could immunotherapy be used to treat liver cancer?

Liver cancer can be hard to treat and has a relatively low survival rate. Immunotherapy is a promising way of treating many forms of cancer, including liver cancer. In this form of treatment, doctors target the immune system and alter its activity in ways that fight cancer. However, researchers haven’t known a lot about how immune cells are involved in liver cancer development, which is critical information if immunotherapy is going to be used.

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Developing a personalized approach to retinoblastoma screening

Retinoblastoma is a form of eye cancer that affects children. Many cases happen randomly, but retinoblastoma can also be hereditary in families.

Your trusted source for the most up-to-date cancer statistics in Canada

For more than 30 years, the Canadian Cancer Statistics publication has provided comprehensive, up-to-date cancer statistics for Canada. Developed collaboratively by the Canadian Cancer Society, Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada and provincial and territorial cancer registries, the 2017 edition was released on June 20.

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How the HPV vaccine works

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How CAR-T cells work to fight cancer

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The challenges behind the fight against cancer

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New directions in cancer prevention research

Often, people think cancer research is about developing new treatments. But finding ways to prevent cancer is also important. More than 200,000 Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, and this number will keep increasing as our population grows and ages, placing a significant burden on the health care system.

Can we develop a better sunscreen?

Skin cancer can be caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, but people can protect themselves by wearing sunscreen. However, new research suggests that visible light can potentially worsen the damage caused by certain UV rays, and current sunscreens do not protect against visible light. The researchers propose that skin tone-coloured sunscreen could be an effective agent for blocking the harmful effects of visible light. Learn more in an article from Agência FAPESP.

Healthy habits can go a long way

Is 1000 mg of sodium a lot or a little? Why do people continue to smoke despite knowing how smoking affects their health? Public health researcher Dr David Hammond and his team are researching how to best provide information to consumers, allowing them to make more informed lifestyle choices. Learn more in an article and video from Research2Reality.

MRIs may improve early breast cancer detection

For women with a high risk for aggressive breast cancers, an early diagnosis can mean earlier access to life-saving treatments. A new study found that intense surveillance including MRI screens twice a year can effectively detect early breast cancers in younger women. Learn more in an article from University of Chicago Medicine.

New genetic profiling test approved by U.S. FDA

A new genetic profiling test has recently been approved by the U.S. FDA. This means more patients can be matched to a particular treatment suited to their particular tumour. Genetic profiling tests and personalized medicine could one day become a routine part of cancer care. Learn more in an article from CTV News.

Skin scanner prototype looks for hot cancer cells

Cancer cells often grow and divide more quickly than normal cells, generating heat in this process. Recent graduates from McMaster University designed a handheld device that may eventually detect cancerous cells in the skin based on their heat signature. This innovative technology could change the way skin cancer is diagnosed. Learn more in an article from CBC News.