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I've Beaten the Odds and Survived Terminal Brain Cancer

Zbigniew Jack Wendolowski | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Living
Zbigniew Jack Wendolowski

This year, I decided to participate in my first Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. I want to bring hope to those living with cancer and the people who surround them. I was given three to five years to live, and today I am living stronger, healthier and happier then ever, five years after my diagnosis.

When Our Daughter Became Sick, We Found Strength in Nature

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

In 2010, our five-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Whenever Lily was released from the hospital, and the weather cooperated, we headed outside. We really started to depend on these adventures, these outdoor excursions, to get us through the bad days and help Lily along her road to recovery. According to the National Environmental Educational Foundation, exposure to nature can reduce stress levels by as much as 28 per cent in children. Health benefits of nature may include reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy and immunity, decreased stress and improved mental health.

Learn to Be Savvy and Detect Bogus Health News

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Today it seems that we're bombarded with news about some great new medical hope or fear of the moment, and I worry that we are all suffering from health-information overload. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps we can take when reading medical news that will help us to put it all in perspective.

What Exactly Is A Tumour? (Read This Before You Freak Out)

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living

When most people hear the word tumour, cancer fears aren't far behind. But what exactly is a tumour? How do you get one? And how can you treat it? ...

China's Disastrous Pollution Problem Is a Lesson for Canada

David Suzuki | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The global atmosphere is being loaded with the sum of all nations' activities. And while Canada's air quality is better than many places, half of us live in areas where we are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution. We can and should do more to curb pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Menopause in Your 30s: Nine Things That Can Age Your Ovaries

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

What causes early menopause or premature ovarian aging? This unique situation may occur from lifestyle factors, medical treatment or genetic predisposition. Early menopause can also be the result of an autoimmune disease.

How Am I Going To Pay $7,000 a Month For My Cancer Drugs?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

That is, indeed, an astoundingly expensive drug. It's bad enough that you have to deal with cancer, but these financial concerns must be adding to your stress. You can rest assured there are various programs to help Ontario residents who can't afford the price of their medications. And each regional cancer-treatment centre has specially-trained staff to guide patients and their families through the various application processes.

Bif Naked In The Raw: On Dreams, Dating, And Menopause

Chris Taylor | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Taylor

"Here I am going through it, and I'm still on a skateboard. It's a different visual of what menopause looks like. I just thought, I've got a big mouth, why don't I take one for the team and put it out there? If it helps take the trepidation away for just one woman, then it's worth it."

Dear Anti-Vaxxers: I Believe in Western Medicine Because it Saved My Life

Harriet Alida Lye | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Living
Harriet Alida Lye

As someone who has had both leukemia and measles as an indirect result of chemotherapy, I'm a firm believer in Western medicine (though I do enjoy organic kale juice from time to time). Watching the vaccination furor from afar, I've been thinking about the connection between this debate and the two First Nations girls from Ontario who opted to have "natural" therapies to treat their Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia instead of proven chemotherapies.

How We Can Improve the Lives of Young Breast Cancer Patients

MJ DeCoteau | Posted 05.02.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.20.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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.