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Fighting for Life: Cancer Research

The Canadian Cancer Society invests in high-impact research that is helping to prevent cancer, save more lives through improved treatment and improve the quality of life of people living with cancer. Read the stories below for more information about our impact.

Breaking down screening barriers

Lezlie Lee Kam

"Screening is part of the whole package of care, and everyone should have access."

Updating status to "smoke-free"

Lugei Juma

"Smoking is like a relationship... but if it isn't making you a better person, it's not a positive impact on your life."

Roadmapping the brain to improve surgery

Simon Graham and Sunit Das

"Once I know what part of the brain needs to be protected, I can be remarkably aggressive with the rest."

New technology to diagnose hard-to-find cancers

Shana Kelley

"We want to be able to find more cancers before they have symptoms."

Clinical trial improves prostate cancer treatment options

Jack Shore

"If I'm going to have to go through (hormone therapy), by being allowed breaks, I feel like I have some control over it."

Leaving childhood cancer behind

Brock Taraba

"We need treatment options that will help more kids to thrive and leave cancer behind them."

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Stories

Photo of Pat Hartley It didn’t matter how much experience and knowledge I had about cancer. I was in shock.

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Great progress has been made

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Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.

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