Canada Cancer

How We Can Improve the Lives of Young Breast Cancer Patients

MJ DeCoteau | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Impact
MJ DeCoteau

Young women with breast cancer present our healthcare professionals with difficult cases. They are often diagnosed with aggressive forms of breast cancer that require tough therapies. And the powerful treatments needed to stop the cancer can cause many complex side effects for young women, including early menopause.

Why Palliative Care Is Not a Real Choice For Canadians

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

For 70 to 80 per cent of Canadians, palliative care is not available and hence, not a real choice. A dear friend of mine recently died of brain cancer. She spent her final months in hospice, where she received exquisite end-of-life care. How might this kind of scenario play itself out in the many Canadian settings that do not have adequate palliative care?

I Couldn't Save My Mom From Cancer, So I Do This Instead

Thomas Rigatti | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Living
Thomas Rigatti

Though cancer made me see my mom in her worst physical state, I will always remember her as a strong businesswoman and a dedicated banker. She was a woman who paved the way for many in my family who wanted to pursue traditionally male careers, encouraging them to chase their dreams and show the world that women are powerful, too.

Faced With Cancer? Canada's a Good Place to Be

Shelly Jamieson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Shelly Jamieson

Tuesday, World Cancer Day, is a logical time to ask ourselves what we're doing in Canada to reduce the burden of cancer. Cancer affects an estimated two in every five Canadians and costs governments approximately $6 billion annually in healthcare expenditures.

Top Tips To Keep Your Breath Fresh and Teeth White

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

I wanted to learn more about how to keep your breath fresh (for such occasions) and also my teeth white (for all those blueberry smoothies I love). So I spoke to Jo-Anne Jones, RDH International Lecturer, President, RDH Connection Inc. and Key Leader for Philips Oral Healthcare. Jo-Anne shared with me her top tips to keep breath fresh and teeth white.

How Aging Affects Inflammation in Our Bodies

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg If a person continued to supplement bacteria with our health in its best interests, such as probiotics, mutiny may be prevented or at least belayed. With more research, we may be able to prove this point and find a means to offer the elderly, the sick and even the brokenhearted a way to prevent the onslaught of virulence and live a happier, longer life.

Does Cancer or MS Trump Mental Illness?

Sandra Charron | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Health is health. One disease does not trump another. But support goes a long way in raising spirits and causing one to feel less alone; less isolated. Depression is a state which has for its purpose to gnaw away at your mind bit by bit, until you have given up completely. And when that happens, the outcome is the same for someone battling from depression as someone fighting cancer.

A Few Great Books Written by Doctors You Should Read

Marilyn Linton | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Doctors write more than just prescriptions. And if the vast landscape of medicine is of interest to you or someone on your holiday list, I have sugges...

Do Peanuts Spread Cancer?

Harriet Sugar-Miller | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Living
Harriet Sugar-Miller

Certain proteins in peanuts, called peanut agglutinin (PNA), can fuel the spread of tumors, says a research team from the University of Liverpool. PNA is a type of lectin, proteins that stick to different molecules of carbohydrates, and the molecules that PNA targets are present in most human cancer cells.

When My Husband Was Diagnosed With Brain Cancer I Became a Caregiver

Heidi Wilk | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Living
Heidi Wilk

Six years ago, my husband Matthew was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiform, the most common and deadliest of brain cancers. As Matthew's primary caregiver, I've come to recognize that coping in the face of a terminal illness is a learned skill, and sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out what works.

The Christmas Stories We Don't Hear About

Lori Gard | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

For the past few weeks, my two youngest children have been talking about what they want for Christmas. The lists began to form about mid-November, a m...

Oldest Case Of Human Cancer Discovered

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Alberta

SASKATOON - A group of researchers, including a Saskatchewan scientist, have found what may be the oldest case of human cancer in the world.Bones of a...

The Truth About Reconstructive Surgery After Breast Cancer

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Snell says there are some common misconceptions about breast reconstruction -- even within the medical community. "Some people wrongly assume it could interfere with the detection of a re-occurrence of the cancer," she says. Furthermore, silicone breast implants got a bad rap in the 1990s when a few studies linked them to autoimmune diseases and an increased cancer risk.

After 51 Years Together, This Man Dies Five Hours After His Wife's Funeral

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

You've read these stories before. Elderly couple have been married for years, first one takes ill, then the other and they inevitably go within hours ...

Top 3 Tips from Eugene Levy to Teens Everywhere

Shane Feldman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada
Shane Feldman

I caught up with American Pie star Eugene Levy on the Red Carpet at "It's Always Something" hosted by Russell Peters. I asked Eugene to share his top tips for teens. Here are his top three pieces of advice.

Recovery Odds In Various Stages of Breast Cancer Explained

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I don't mean to minimize the seriousness of the disease or to downplay the huge upheaval it causes in the lives of individual women and their families. About 24,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada each year and it's responsible for about 5,000 deaths annually. But it's clear that significant progress is being made in the fight against breast cancer.

Bruce Cockburn On 'If I Had A Rocket Launcher' Turning 30

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Music

It took a bit longer than anticipated, but Canadian icon Bruce Cockburn says he felt different emotions when finally completing his memoir "Rumours Of...

5 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada, with the incidence of colorectal cancer in Ontario one of the highest globally. Sobering statistics. What can you do to reduce your risk?

B.C. Teen With Rare Cancer Sends Important Reminder In Video

The Huffington Post B.C. | Hillary Nguyen-Don | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A 14-year-old Vancouver Island girl with a rare liver cancer has made a video to encourage others to donate their organs after they die. Tessa Will...

Should Breast Cancer Survivors Eat Soy?

Harriet Sugar-Miller | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Living
Harriet Sugar-Miller

Over the past few years, several studies have been published examining thousands of women with breast cancer to see if there is an association. Their conclusion? Soy does not fuel estrogen-sensitive cancers. In those studies, soy showed no adverse effects, did not interfere with drugs given to inhibit estrogen and in fact was associated with better outcomes.

Advice on Minimizing Health Risks From a Breast Cancer Survivor

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Fighting cancer can teach you things about yourself. Theresa gained a new appreciation and understanding of her body and her health. Being diagnosed with breast cancer put things into perspective. She learned not to sweat the small things and how important it is to live life to its fullest.

Proof That the Angelina Jolie Effect Is a Real Thing

Alan Cassels | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

Certainly women are driven to ask about genetic testing given a strong fear of breast cancer and a strong belief that early testing saves lives, but USPSTF feared many of the new customers lining up for the test would be classified as the "worried well" who would be unlikely to carry the rare genetic mutation and hence would receive no benefit from being screened.

10 Everyday Ways to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Prithwish De, PhD | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Prithwish De, PhD

There are many factors we can't control that affect our cancer risk, like growing older, our genetic profile and having a family history of the disease. But the good news is that there is a lot we can control. It's as simple as making healthy choices every day and having policies in place that protect our health. Here are the top 10 ways to lower your risk of cancer.

Halal Meat May Be Processed Differently, But Is it Safer?

Steven Burton | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Living
Steven Burton

Food processed in concordance with Muslim dietary laws is called Halal. Today, halal meat is largely produced in commercial slaughterhouses staffed by specially trained Muslim workers who conduct the actual slaughter and supervise the subsequent processing. But the focus of halal is on ensuring spiritual purity rather than science-based cleanliness, so buying halal food does not guarantee your food will be safe.

How it Feels to Not Have Lymph Node Cancer

Jenni Sheppard | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jenni Sheppard

A few weeks ago, my hematologist found a lump in my neck. She suggested cancer, scheduled an ultrasound and referred me to a specialist, to decide if I needed a biopsy. The reality didn't hit me at first. I think I was in shock. This scared the hell out of me.