Article first published in The Londoner, February 16, 2017. Posted with permission.
The dawning of a new year provides us with a natural window to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. In 2016 the Canadian Cancer Society’s Research Information Outreach Team (RIOT) monthly column featured a series of articles about significant achievements in cancer research in the last five years. This year we will be considering the future of cancer research through the eyes of young cancer researchers. Read more in The Londoner
Each month we will hear from another young cancer researcher. Each is unique in their area of research, their perspective in how cancer research has changed their own lives, and what they would like to see accomplished in cancer research in their lifetime. I hope you will enjoy getting to know them as much as I have.
Catch up on the last two articles in the “Possibilities Come to Life, 5 Years of Cancer Research Realized” Series.
November: Prostate cancer imaging improves the big picture for patientsby Tom Hrinivich
December: After the battle: supporting survivor mental healthby Haley McConkey
Dr. Shana Kelley, a professor and researcher at the University of Toronto, is tackling one of the toughest questions in cancer research – how to detect cancers that have no symptoms. .. Researchers have discovered that cancer cells shed tiny particles that enter the blood and circulate around the body. Read more in The Londoner.
Catch up on the latest three article in the “Possibilities Come to Life, 5 Years of Cancer Research Realized” Series.
July: Hitting the Bulls-Eye: Hybrid PET/MRI and Radiotherapy of Cancer
by Dr. Steward Gaede, John Patrick, Matthew Mouawad, and Omar El-Sherif
August: The Elusive ‘Magic Bullet’, Why Billions of Dollars Haven’t Cured Cancer
by Dr. Xin Wang
September: Beyond Beating Childhood Leukemia: Investigating Brain Development
by Haley McConkey
Chemotherapy is intended to kill cancer cells, in some cases with the goal of curing the patient from cancer, and in others cases to keep incurable cancer under control for as long as possible…we know that some patients experience more severe side effects than others, even at a similar doses of the same drug.
Read more about how personalized medicine is curbing this unfortunate aspect of chemotherapy and enhancing its efficacy in today’s Londoner.
Most people don’t realize that a significant fraction of human cancers are caused by infectious agents. In particular, human papilomaviruses(HPVs) are common infectious pathogens that that cause almost 10% of human cancers worldwide. Read more in this month’s Londoner column.