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Genetic research may boost success of immunotherapy

Cancer cells are sneaky. They are often able to hide from the body’s immune system, and sometimes they can even prevent an immune system attack from happening.

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What does the future of cancer in Canada look like?

Dr Darren Brenner is a researcher at the University of Calgary in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research. He is also one of the scientists leading the ComPARe project, a study funded by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) that is estimating current and future impact of cancer on Canadians’ health. He spoke to CCS about the project and the importance of cancer prevention research.

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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Detecting cancer early in the blood

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How CAR-T cells work to fight cancer

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Making decisions about funding cancer drugs in Canada

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Personalized medicine: Transforming cancer treatment

Personalized medicine uses information about a person to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. It helps doctors choose treatments based on a person’s genes or other features of the type of cancer the person has.

The bacteria in healthy and cancerous breast tissue

There are bacteria that keep us healthy, and bacteria that make us sick. A first-of-its-kind study by the Cleveland Clinic examined the bacteria in breast tissue from healthy women and women with breast cancer, noting differences that could contribute to the disease. This research could change the way we think about treating breast cancer. Learn more in an article from the News Room.

Three-pronged approach to reveal genes linked to lymphoma

One of the biggest hurdles in designing treatments for cancer is the genetic diversity that makes each tumour different. Lymphoma is associated with many genes, including undiscovered ones that could be targeted for therapy. A large research team used 3 techniques to discover new genes that drive lymphoma. Learn more in an article from Duke Health.

Killing bacteria might kill pancreatic cancer too

A pancreatic cancer drug may be broken down by bacteria present in tumours, making the drug ineffective. Researchers from Columbia University demonstrated that giving antibiotics to kill the bacteria in mice improved the effectiveness of the cancer drug. This combination could eventually change the way pancreatic cancer is treated. Learn more in an article from the Data Science Institute.

An analysis of workplace carcinogens and cancer cases in Ontario

Exposure to substances that cause cancer (carcinogens) in the workplace, like asbestos, lead to a staggering number of cancer deaths each year, and prevention efforts and policies can be improved. A collaborative research team took a serious look at 4 main workplace carcinogens in Ontario and reported the number of cancers attributable to them. Learn more in an article from the Globe and Mail.

New genetic test may detect pancreatic cancer early

Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers, creating an urgent need for powerful diagnostic tools that can catch it early. Researchers evaluate a new test that can identify which pancreatic cysts should be removed based on levels of cancer-causing genes. This test could be done without invasive surgery. Learn more in an article from the University of Pittsburgh.