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Can exercise help people with cancer improve treatment outcomes?

Dr Kerry Courneya is a CCS-funded researcher at the University of Alberta and a leader in the field of exercise and cancer research. He currently has a CCS grant to study the impact of exercise on people with rectal cancer. We asked him about his latest CCS-supported project and his career in research. CCS: What is the research focus of your lab? KC: My research program focuses on exercise and physical activity in cancer patients and the different ways that exercise may help in the fight against cancer. We study whether exercise during treatment can help patients to manage their symptoms and maintain their quality of life, and whether it can improve long-term survival and reduce recurrence after treatment. We also study whether exercise may help patients to complete their treatment and get a better response.

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Dietary supplement may make cancer drug more effective

One of the oldest cancer drugs in use is methotrexate. It is used to treat a variety of solid and blood cancers, but it can also cause side effects that, in some cases, are so severe that treatment needs to be stopped.

Your trusted source for the most up-to-date cancer statistics in Canada

For more than 30 years, Canadian Cancer Statistics has provided comprehensive, up-to-date cancer statistics for Canada. Developed collaboratively by the Canadian Cancer Society, Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada, a special report on cancer incidence by stage was released June 13, 2018.

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The challenges behind the fight against cancer

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A new understanding of obesity and cancer

The link between obesity and cancer has become increasingly clear over the past decades. Current research suggests that obesity is a contributing factor for many types of cancer and can affect the likelihood of disease relapse. As obesity rates climb higher and higher, researchers are exploring different strategies for helping people manage their weight and their cancer diagnosis. Read more in a story from The Toronto Star.

Cancer coaches help patients navigate their diagnosis

Cancer coaches are a standard part of the healthcare system in Australia and England but are just starting to gain a foothold in Canada. The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is the only cancer care centre in Canada that employs paid cancer coaches. Cancer coaches work closely with individual patients to help them navigate their diagnosis and provide a wide range of support, including creating medication plans, managing finances and improving nutrition and exercise. By listening to and…

The risks of alternative cancer treatments

A cancer diagnosis can prompt patients to turn to alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, herbal supplements and yoga, to guide their treatment. If chosen properly, these complementary treatments can be integrated with conventional treatments like chemotherapy or radiation to help reduce side effects and improve quality of life. However, replacing conventional medical treatments with these alternative therapies can be harmful. A new study found that the risk of death was 2.5 times higher…

Studies warn against minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer

Minimally invasive surgery is often viewed as better for the patient because the recovery time is shorter. However, two recently published studies have shown that, for cervical cancer, minimally invasive surgery resulted in more disease relapse and death compared to the older, open abdominal surgery. These findings have led many leading hospitals in the US to discontinue minimally invasive surgeries for women with cervical cancer. Read more in a story from The New York Times.

Little benefit to additional cancer screening for patients with advanced cancer

A new Canadian study has found that cancer screening in people who already have advanced cancer offer little benefit. Unnecessary screening for patients with late stage cancer can cause anxiety and stress, lead to painful side effects that decrease their quality of life and take precious time away from treatment or their loved ones. The researchers found that these screening tests also placed a strain on the healthcare system and are an inappropriate use of scarce resources. Read more in a story…

Helping Indigenous patients with cancer navigate their care

Indigenous patients with cancer face many barriers in getting the care that they need. To address these challenges, some cancer centres have a dedicated patient navigation specialist to advocate for Indigenous patients and help them get the best care possible. These navigators support patients by accompanying them to medical visits, connecting them with elders and helping them access support programs and services. Read more in a story from The Globe and Mail.