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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.

Bacteria meets cancer: Why some chemotherapies fail

Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Harvard Medical School have discovered how certain bacteria can protect cancers from chemotherapy, and what this means for cancer drug development. Learn more in an article from The Atlantic.

Targeted treatments for children with brain tumours

Genetically profiling a tumour can allow doctors to design more effective, targeted therapies. Doctors at The Hospital for Sick Children treated Julia van Damme with a tailored therapy based on her tumour’s genetic profile. Learn more in an article from the National Post.

Smoking sets lung cells up for cancer

Sometimes the environment can change gene activity (i.e., if genes are turned on or off), through a process known as epigenetic change. Smoking has been linked to epigenetic changes in lung cells in the lab that could potentially lead to cancer. Learn more in an article from CTV News.

New drug on the block: a more effective immunotherapy

In a recent clinical trial, a new immunotherapy for people with melanoma was found to be safer and more effective than the current standard drug. Learn more in an article from The Washington Post.

Promising effects of early immunotherapy

Early cancer treatment may stop a tumour from progressing and allow a person to live a longer, healthier life. Some pharmaceutical researchers have shown early immunotherapy can help people with lung and skin cancers. Learn more in an article from Reuters.