Tweet chat - Tackling the toughest cancers

The cancer research community has made tremendous gains in improving treatment for many cancers. Some, like breast cancer and childhood leukemia, have seen a vast improvement in survival rates in the last few decades – the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 88% while the five-year survival rate for childhood cancers is now 83%. For other cancers, there is still much work to be done.

Hard-to-treat cancers, such as lung, brain, pancreas, and colorectal, are challenging for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it is difficult to detect them until symptoms appear, at which point they are very advanced. Sometimes, the problem is that the cancer itself is resistant to treatment, which makes treating it that much more difficult.

The Canadian Cancer Society is supporting the fight by funding the best research in the country on these cancers. Join us for a tweet chat with some of the exceptional researchers we support.


T1: What are some of the risk factors for hard-to-treat cancers and what can we do to address them?
T2: Why is it difficult to detect some hard-to-treat cancers?
T3: What are some of the ways hard-to-treat cancers defy treatment and what are we learning about how to overcome this?

Questions about these hard-to-treat cancers?

Join our tweet chat on November 26 at 12 noon ET and find out more. Participating in the chat to answer your questions are:

  • Dr Lisa Porter, University of Windsor
  • Dr Michael Chaiton, University of Toronto
  • Dr Leia Minaker, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact
  • Dr Gillian Hanley, University of British Columbia

Here’s how to participate:

If you don’t already, follow us on Twitter @CCSResearch

On November 26 just before 12 noon ET, log in to Twitter and follow #CCSRIChat. You can also follow using a tweet chat room via sites like or On these sites, you’ll be asked to log in using your Twitter account and enter the hashtag #CCSRIChat to see only that conversation. 

Ask a question, share your knowledge and learn something new.

Last modified on: November 24, 2014