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Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017

June 2017 - Find out the latest statistics in this year’s report, which includes a special focus on pancreatic cancer.


A new way to classify ovarian cancers

September 2017 - With donors’ support, researchers are identifying genetic patterns in ovarian cancers that can lead to new treatment and diagnostic strategies.


The tug of war between cancer and the immune system

May 2017 - Research by Dr Josie Ursini-Siegel and her team in Montreal reveals a new therapeutic strategy for breast cancer, thanks to donors’ support.


2017 CCRC registration now open

April 2017 - Register and submit your abstract today for the November 2017 conference.


Searching for the next big treatment in sarcoma

April 2017 - Thanks to Canadian Cancer Society donors, Dr Torsten Nielsen is discovering new ways to treat a cancer most commonly seen in young people.


Canadian Partnership Against Cancer call for applications – advisory committee members

March 2017 - The Partnership invites you to submit an application package no later than April 14, 2017.


Will a sugary drinks levy benefit Canadians? New research says yes.

March 2017 - Research indicates over the next 25 years a levy would save thousands of lives and contribute to $11.5 billion in health care savings.


CCRA Awards – Deadlines extended and new award announced

March 2017 - Nominations will be accepted until April 20, 2017, including those for a new award for leadership in patient involvement in cancer research.


CCS honours top researchers with Awards for Excellence

March 2017 - Five outstanding cancer researchers receive our most prestigious awards.


The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP): An Emerging Platform for Precision Health - March 10th, 2017

February 2017 - Register to learn more about CPTP, and the data and biosamples available for request.


Canadians projected to pay a steep price for sugary beverages

February 2017 - New research reveals sugary drinks will cost over 63,000 Canadian lives and billions of dollars


New designer viruses to fight aggressive brain cancer

February 2017 - With the support of CCS donors, Dr David Stojdl and his team are changing cancer treatment with cancer-fighting virus therapies.


ARCC Conference - May 25-26, 2017

January 2017 - Register now for the 6th annual Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) Conference in Toronto.


Call for Nominations for 2017 CCRA Awards

January 2017 - Nominations are invited for the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance’s recognition awards.


Society announces Top 10 Research Impact Stories of 2016

December 2016 - World-class research discoveries exemplify the very best of what science can achieve through dedicated investment.


2017 ARCC Studentship Competition results

November 2016 - Read the results of the competition for 2017 ARCC studentships in applied cancer control research.


Keeping track of trends in cigarette contraband

November 2016 - With the support of Society donors, Dr Emmanuel Guindon has outlined trends in cigarette contraband in Canada.


CPAC - Call for abstracts: Innovative Approaches to Optimal Cancer Care in Canada

November 2016 - Submit your abstract for the Innovative Approaches to Optimal Cancer Care in Canada, taking place April 7-8, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. Abstract submission deadline: December 16, 2016.


Canadian Cancer Statistics 2016

October 2016 - Find out the latest statistics in this year’s report, which includes a special focus on HPV-associated cancers.


ARCC announces 2016/17 Seed Grant Competition

August 2016 - The Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) 2016/17 seed grant competition is now open. Guidelines and application form are available online.


Restoring the brakes on cancer

September 2016 - With the support of Society donors, Dr Michel Roberge is exploring new cancer treatments at the University of British Columbia.


Boosting survival in Li-Fraumeni syndrome

August 2016 - With support from the Society, Dr David Malkin at The Hospital for Sick Children is changing the outlook for people with a rare inherited cancer syndrome.


Canada’s top cancer researchers honored by Society

July 2016 - Society’s most prestigious awards presented this morning in Toronto.


ARCC announces 2016/17 Studentship Competition

July 2016 - The Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) 2016/17 studentship competition is now open. Guidelines and application form are available online.


Society-funded cancer researchers appointed to Order of Canada

July 2016 - Dr Eduardo Franco, Dr Philippe Gros, Dr Gerald Batist and Dr Mark Levine receive prestigious national honours on the eve of Canada Day.


Mapping cancers across Nova Scotia

June 2016 - Dr Louise Parker, the Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia) endowed chair in population cancer research, works toward explaining Nova Scotians’ increased risk of bladder and kidney cancer.


Canadian Cancer Society–funded glioblastoma trial reduces risk of death by 33%

June 2016 - Two Society-funded clinical trials selected as having the most impact at prestigious international conference.


ARCC conference explores sustainability of the cancer care system

May 2016 - Annual conference led by the Society-supported Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control connects researchers across disciplines to improve cancer care.


Reframing palliative care

May 2016 - Society-supported researcher Dr Camilla Zimmermann tackles how people with cancer perceive palliative care.


Dr John Dick honored with prestigious award

April 2016 - Dr John Dick, Society-funded researcher at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, was recently elected Fellow of the AACR Academy.


Test for oral cancer aims to prevent aggressive surgery

April 2016 - Canadian Cancer Society study chosen as this year’s Great Canadian Innovation Grant.


Studying cancer from the dark side

March 2016 - Alberta researchers are developing a new way to watch proteins in growing cancers, with Society support.


Understanding drug resistance in prostate cancer

March 2016 - New insights from Society-funded Dr Artem Cherkasov and his team could help improve treatment for advanced prostate cancer.


The Canadian Council on Animal Care seeking nominations for Board of Directors

February 2016 - Three year term starting June 10, 2016. Candidates should be highly qualified individuals, self-nominations are accepted. Contact CCAC for a nomination package. The deadline for nominations is April 7, 2016.


Why do treatments fail in recurrent childhood brain cancer?

February 2016 - Research by Society-funded Dr Michael Taylor at The Hospital for Sick Children could change how new treatments for medulloblastoma are tested.


Society honours top researchers with Awards for Excellence

February 2016 - Four outstanding cancer researchers receive Society’s most prestigious awards.


ARCC Conference – May 8–9, 2016

January 2016 - Register now for the 5th annual Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) Conference in Toronto.


Remembering Dr Dan Dumont

January 2016 - We celebrate the memory of Society researcher Dr Dan Dumont (1960 – 2015).


Society announces Top 10 Research Impact Stories of 2015

January 2016 - World-class research discoveries exemplify the very best of what science can achieve through dedicated investment.


Redefining blood cell development

December 2015 - Research by Society-funded Dr John Dick’s team at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre could provide clues to how blood cancers develop.


Connecting with the cancer research community at the CCRC

December 2015 - Researchers from across Canada and beyond connected at the 2015 Canadian Cancer Research Conference in Montreal.


Could semen save your prostate?

November 2015 - New DNA test could lead to better detection, fewer biopsies.


Countering the “Angelina effect”

October 2015 - New study aims to understand and reduce fear of cancer recurrence.


How do mutations affect gene activity patterns in cancer?

November 2015 - New computational tool developed by Society-funded Dr Sohrab Shah will help zero in on new targets for personalized cancer therapy.


Accelerating the development of a new prostate cancer treatment

October 2015 - A new collaboration will advance a prostate cancer therapeutic developed by Society-funded Dr Robert Day toward the clinic.


Could a vaccine prevent cancer from spreading after surgery?

September 2015 - New Canadian Cancer Society research shows promise.


Studying leukemia from different angles

September 2015 - Society-funded researcher Dr Guy Sauvageau studied 2 important forms of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in Montreal.


Modelling drug responses of human lung cancers in mice

August 2015 - Society-funded researcher Dr Ming-Sound Tsao uses mice to realistically model human lung cancers and their response to drugs at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.


Call for late breaking publications at the November 2015 Canadian Cancer Research Conference

August 2015 - Present your headline-worthy cancer research at the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance’s 2015 Canadian Cancer Research Conference.


Additional radiation reduces breast cancer recurrence in some patients

July 2015 - Breast cancer trial results suggest addition of regional lymph node radiation to usual radiation of the breast reduces recurrence.


Current Oncology calls for papers on health economics in cancer

July 2015 - Submit papers on Canadian cancer costing research for a special issue of Current Oncology by September 30, 2015.


A new ultrasensitive blood test for cancer biomarkers

July 2015 - Innovative method to detect cancer mutations developed by Society-funded researcher Dr Shana Kelley at the University of Toronto.


Society-funded cancer researchers appointed to Order of Canada

July 2015 - Drs Janet Rossant, Mary Gospodarowicz, James Rutka and Martin Yaffe received prestigious national honours on Canada Day


Understanding molecular variation within each prostate tumour

June 2015 - Dr Robert Bristow at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre breaks ground on understanding molecular differences between distinct regions in prostate tumours.


Canadian Cancer Statistics 2015

May 2015 - Find out the latest statistics in this year’s report, which includes a special focus on Predictions of the future burden of cancer in Canada.


Examining the link between breast stem cells, aging and cancer

May 2015 - Society-funded research by Dr Rama Khokha at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre used a mouse model to study how stem cells impact aging breast tissue.


Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology conference

April 2015 - Register to attend the 2015 CAPO conference taking place in Montreal from April 22 to 24


Hookah use among youth in Canada is increasing in popularity

March 2015 - Society-funded research by Dr Steve Manske at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact found that hookah use among high school students is a growing concern.


Dr Janet Rossant receives latest Canada Gairdner Award

March 2015 - SickKids Chief of Research Dr Janet Rossant named the recipient of 2015 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award.


Canada’s 4th Applied Research Conference in Cancer Control - May 24-25, 2015

March 2015 - Registration is now open! Early-bird rates are in effect until April 13th, 2015.


CCSRI is hiring a Research Communications Specialist

March 2015 - Interested in communicating about the impact of the Society’s funded research? Apply by March 22.


2015 CCRC registration now open

March 2015 - Register and submit your abstract today for the November 2015 conference.


The Canadian Council on Animal Care seeking nominations for Board of Directors

March 2015 - Three year term starting May 29, 2015. Candidates should be highly qualified individuals, self-nominations are accepted. Contact CCAC for a nomination package. The deadline for nominations is April 6, 2015.


Risk assessment for hereditary stomach cancer

February 2015 - Society-funded research by Dr David Huntsman at BC Cancer Agency has generated reliable estimates for stomach cancer risk in CDH1 mutation carriers.


Research suggests a new treatment option for prostate cancer

February 2015 - Society-funded research by Dr Robert Day at Université de Sherbrooke has identified PACE4 as a therapeutic target for prostate cancer.


Lecture - Developing a Values-Based Framework for Decision-Making in Technology Assessment (and Health)

February 2015 - Join Dr Murray Krahn at 1:30 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2015 in Ottawa and online via webinar for a discussion of the factors to be considered in developing a fair, transparent, and values-based framework for decisions about the adoption and use of health technologies.


2014 Awards for Excellence recipients announced

February 2015 - We are proud to honour these talented men and women who have played a key role in the advancement of cancer research.


Brain cancer gets big boost in research funding from Canadian Cancer Society

February 2015 - The Society, in partnership with Brain Canada and the Government of Canada, will fund $5 million in brain cancer research.


Cancer researchers appointed to Order of Canada

January 2015 - Dr Brenda Gallie and Dr Laurence Klotz received this prestigious honour on Dec. 26.


Dr Brian Wilson featured on CBC’s Fresh Air

January 2015 - As part of their coverage of The International Year of Light, CBC invited Dr Wilson to speak about his internationally-recognized work in photodynamic therapy. Listen here. (If you have trouble opening the link, try a different browser such as Chrome.)


Congratulations to Dr John Bell and colleagues

December 2014 - The CCSRI would like to congratulate Dr Bell and colleagues on their Government of Canada Network of Centres of Excellence award of $25 million for a Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment (BioCanRx) Network.


Top 10 Canadian Cancer Society-funded research of 2014

December 2014 - Read about the top 10 Canadian Cancer Society-funded research of 2014


Tackling the toughest cancers

November 2014 - Join us for a tweet chat on November 26 at 12 noon ET


Major international lung cancer clinical trial launched

November 2014 - The NCIC Clinical Trials Group will lead the first clinical trial to test a new immunotherapy drug on early lung cancer.


Moncton researchers receive funding for pancreatic cancer research

October 2014 - The Society, in partnership with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society, has announced a grant to support New Brunswick cancer research scientists exploring the development of a blood test to detect pancreatic cancer at an early stage.


Two Innovation Grants awarded in Newfoundland and Labrador

October 2014 - These grants were made possible by a generous donation from the estate of W. Gary Rowe, a lawyer, art collector and philanthropist born in St John’s.


Using 3D to fine-tune breast cancer surgery and save lives

September 2014 - An Ottawa scientist has been awarded an Innovation Grant from the Canadian Cancer Society to examine the most accurate way to assess cancer removal after surgery.


Partnership to accelerate pancreatic cancer research

September 2014 - The Society's Nova Scotia Division partnered with Craig’s Cause and QEII Foundation to make an unprecedented $1.4-million donation.


Poop that lights up when cancer is present

September 2014 - Researchers in Hamilton, Ontario, are working on what could become an inexpensive, simple, accurate and non-invasive test for colorectal cancer.


Blueline Drug Target Program – request for proposals

August 2014 - This program offers Canadian academic researchers with novel targets and mechanisms of action the opportunity to collaborate with Blueline to translate their research discoveries into high impact therapeutics.


CCSRI Science Communication Workshop – June 20, 2014

August 2014 - Cancer researchers from across the country learn plain-language tips at our first Science Communication Workshop.


Recent publications by NCIC Clinical Trials Group

July 2014 - Read about high-impact findings from the Society-funded clinical trials network.


CIHR-Population Health Intervention Research funding announcement

June 2014 - Please visit the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database for details. The application deadline is September 15, 2014.


International Cancer Cachexia Conference

June 2014 - Read about the "2nd Cancer Cachexia Conference: Evolving Mechanisms and Therapies", taking place September 2014 in Montreal


Society researchers present at prestigious international conference

June 2014 - Findings from clinical trials could lead to changes in treatment.


New director appointed to lead the NCIC Clinical Trials Group

April 2014 - Queen’s University and the Canadian Cancer Society are pleased to announce that Dr Janet Dancey will be the next director of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG)


Taking it personally

March 2014 - Our first research tweet chat took place April 1


New Impact Grant to help a subset of pancreatic cancer patients

March 2014 - Dr Steven Gallinger’s new Impact Grant will look at how the BRCA-ness of pancreatic cancer may affect its treatment outcomes.


Three intriguing research findings from the end of 2013

January 2014 - Interested in the latest on tobacco retailers, brain cancer treatment, or Hippos? Read on…


The peer review process – not so mysterious

December 2013 - How does CCSRI select the best research to fund with your donations? Read what Sarah Vollett, a community representative in our peer review process, has to say.


Research on candy-flavoured tobacco has an impact on policy

November 2013 - Recent research by the Society-funded Propel Centre for Population Health Impact found that highschool students who use tobacco choose flavoured products more than half of the time. This research helped motivate a bill to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco in Ontario.


Innovative look at old molecule could lead to better outcomes for a hard-to-treat cancer

October 2013 - An unconventional way of looking at a long-known molecule has garnered a Guelph scientist new funding and could lead to better treatment options for lung cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society announced today in recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November.


South Asians "tremendously under screened" for cancer

October 2013 - Study recruits doctors to boost screening uptake in under screened South Asian population


What does cancer sound like?

August 2013 - Futuristic device will use high-frequency sound waves to detect abnormal cells


Using gold against prostate cancer: nothing is too precious to save lives!

August 2013 - Tiny gold particles could revolutionize the treatment of prostate cancer. This is the aim of one of the 37 research projects receiving a Canadian Cancer Society’s Innovation Grant this year. Of a total of $7 million, $2.6 million will be distributed to 13 Quebec researchers.


One question may help provide dignity at the end of life: study

July 2013 - When it comes to patients’ emotional and psychological states, a new study shows that patients who are asked one simple question may receive more empathy from their caregivers.


Research into a hard-to-treat breast cancer could lead to better treatment

October 2013 - A London scientist studying ways to overcome chemotherapy resistance in women with triple-negative breast cancer has received funding from the Canadian Cancer Society. His work could lead to better outcomes for women with this hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.