Canadian Cancer Society awards more than $1 million to Quebec researchers

15 February 2016

Montreal -

The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to announce a first round of grants that has awarded more than $1 million in grants to 4 researchers in Quebec for cutting-edge cancer research. This first 2016 amount is a part of the $15.7 million that will be awarded over the next 5 years across Canada to support 42 research projects. More sums will be announced throughout 2016.

Fight depression, during and after cancer

One of the Quebec studies aims to enhance the quality of life of patients. It will look into symptoms of depression in cancer survivors. Depression affects almost 1 in 6 cancer survivors up to a year after diagnosis. Dr Jane McCusker of McGill University will test among about 300 survivors a new method to treat this depression. This self-care program consists of a resource kit as well as regular telephone support with a trained adviser. Patients receive an easy-to-understand manual and exercise books to learn to manage their depressive symptoms. Then, by telephone, an advisor helps them use these tools. If the program meets needs adequately, it could represent a viable and cost-effective way to support cancer survivors.

Among other research projects that will receive the financial support of the Society:

  • Dr Christopher Moraes of McGill University will develop a “breast cancer on a chip” system to study the mechanism by which a single cell can change into an invasive tumour and make breast cancer appear.
  • At the University of Ottawa, researcher Dr Seung Hwan Lee will try to find out if putting mice on a fasting regime can stem tumours and strengthen the body’s natural defences.

“In Canada, about a third of the money invested in cancer research by charities comes from the Canadian Cancer Society,” says André Beaulieu, spokesperson and senior advisor. “At the end of the day, these studies will prevent more cancers, lead to new treatments and ultimately help save more lives.”

About the Canadian Cancer Society

Every day, the Canadian Cancer Society works to save more lives. With the support of thousands of Quebecers, donors and volunteers, we fight to prevent more cancers, enable our researchers to make more discoveries, and help more people living with the disease. Let’s save more lives. Visit cancer.ca or call us at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

André Beaulieu

Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Quebec Division

Phone: (514) 393-3444