Canada Cancer

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie Sings Goodbye With Grace (Too)

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

While more fashionable bands have faded into musical footnotes, the Hip has enjoyed a 32-year career and domestic deification. But now the part of their name that has the most resonance as the Hip rocks its way across the nation one final time is "tragically." Not that you could tell from the surface euphoria onstage and in the stands as Gord Downie's incurable brain cancer took a backseat for a couple hours of communal rock catharsis during the band's 25-song concert at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

The Strangest Of Places Can Bring Out The Best In People

Dave Chilton | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Chilton

My family and I essentially lived at the Grand River Hospital's ICU the last two weeks. We were there to give comfort to my mom as she fought a valiant but losing battle with cancer. As odd as this may sound, they were two of the most inspiring weeks of our lives.

Dark Chocolate May Help Prevent Some Types Of Cancer

Ettore Corsi | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada
Ettore Corsi

Cocoa and dark chocolate contain compounds that may help prevent cancer by many ways, including preventing DNA damage, lowering inflammation, and inhi...

We Had Tragedy In Common And It Brought Us Closer Together

Jacob Young | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Living
Jacob Young

It's very hard to explain the feeling of shock and emptiness that accompanies losing a loved one. There's a certain awkwardness that accompanies loss that is difficult to navigate. After my mom passed, Alex's mere presence was a comfort to me and my family. She knew what that awkwardness was like.

How You Can Reach Your Health Potential

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

According to polls, most of us think of ourselves as healthy, despite the fact that the obesity crisis keeps growing and multiple diet- and lifestyle-...

Exercise During Cancer Treatment Keeps Mind And Body Strong

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Exercise. It may seem like the opposite of what you should do if you have cancer and are suffering from pain, nausea or cancer-related fatigue. However, evidence-based research shows that people living with cancer can and should keep exercising or add some physical activity into their lives.

Even A Little Bit Of Alcohol Can Increase Your Odds Of Cancer

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living

You might want to skip happy hour.

The Revitalizing Power Of Having Sunlight In Your Life

Leah Morrigan | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

In the spring and summer, people are happier and spend more time outside, not only for the warm weather, but I believe, for the light. For me, there is nothing more energizing and uplifting than sunlight.When bright light enters our eyes, serotonin production is increased, and this makes us feel happy and alert.

Some Anti-Diabetic Supplements And Drugs May Help Cancer Spread

Ettore Corsi | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living
Ettore Corsi

Antioxidants are touted for their health-promoting effects, and they mostly do have beneficial effects. However, a new study on the antidiabetic supplement alpha-lipoic acid shows that it can help to spread existing cancers. The diabetes drugs saxagliptin and sitagliptin were also shown to spread cancer.

Here's Why Canada Needs A National Dementia Strategy

Dr. William E. Reichman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. William E. Reichman

Here's the sobering truth: despite close to 40 years of substantial private and public investment, society has not come up with any meaningful medication to help those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Today, some 750,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

A Positive Approach Can Help Men Take Health More Seriously

Wayne Hartrick | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Wayne Hartrick

Most women realize that it's important to see a physician regularly, get certain diagnostic tests if they are at risk, and seek medical attention when they are feeling unwell. But many men have been conditioned by social mores rewarding "toughing it out" to avoid that approach.

Little Doubt This Acne Bacteria Plays A Role In Prostate Cancer

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

When the results came back, the bacterium was found in 60 per cent of the prostate cancer cases, as opposed to 26 per cent of the controls. Although the team had hoped to see 100 per cent presence in tumours and zero in the controls, the results were still significant.

Very Hot Drinks 'Probably' Cause Cancer: Study

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living

Goodbye morning coffee? Not quite.

Playing The Waiting Game With My Cancer

Rebecca Drotos | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
Rebecca Drotos

My doctor led into it, not being awkward and beating around the bush. He used the medical platitudes often trotted out for chronic lymphomas in general, as in: "This is the good cancer," and "You will likely die with this cancer, but not from this cancer." I just stared at him.

Take Time To Remember Dads Who Are Still With Us In Spirit

Jenna Em | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

With greeting cards featuring tableaus of fishing, golfing and barbecuing with Dad, I can't help missing my father-in-law and feeling the void of his absence. I try to look back with fondness at all the great memories he made with my family, but the pain stings and I'm left feeling bitter that he was taken too soon.

We Ride To Take Back The Fight Against Cancer

John Casciato | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
John Casciato

In early May, we buried an amazing 19-year-old-boy. This was Ryan Marston, an inspiration to us all. He fought the good fight three times before finally losing his battle, but in his passing, this young man left behind a legacy -- he was determined not to be forgotten, though he did not know it then.

Why Not Talk About Colon Cancer At The Dinner Table?

Amy Elmaleh | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living
Amy Elmaleh

The medical community recently announced that colon cancer is on the rise for people under 50 and tumours are often diagnosed at a more advanced stage. This news opened a much needed conversation about the disease but, for the colon cancer community, it is also incredibly frustrating.

Meet The Molecule That Supercharges Cancer-Killing Viruses

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Since the turn of the millennium, the fight against cancer has seen significant progress in all areas of treatment. One of the most promising routes happens to be through a process known as oncolytic virotherapy, or simply OV. The term may be a mouthful but the process at its core is incredibly simple and effective.

Gord Downie's Doctor Talks Life, Hope And High Fives

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

We know that time may be limited but that's no reason to stop living. So we celebrate that. Every good scan we have a little party or a high-five or a hug. Hugs are common in our clinic. There's much more happiness than people would expect.

Lung Cancer Is Preventable And Treatable With Early Detection

William Osler Health System | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
William Osler Health System

It is important to know that unlike other types of cancers, lung cancer doesn't show symptoms until in much later stages. This means that by the time an individual begins to notice changes to his or her health, the cancer has significantly advanced, often making treatment more complex. However, there is still hope.

It's Time We All Take Skin Cancer More Seriously

Her Magazine | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

My daughter saved my life. In the doctor's office for her sore throat, she urged me to have our physician look at my mole. The mole I had had on my hip all my life, the mole that had changed colour and shape over the course of six months, the mole that I would quickly learn had mutated into stage 3b melanoma.

Predictors Of Your Risk Of Dying Are Not What You'd Think

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living

The healthiest people in the study were obese.

Why This Dog With The Same Cancer As Terry Fox Could Change How We Treat It

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living

They really are humans' best friend.

Living With Cancer And Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

The dark fear of living with cancer is like living with death on your horizon. For a long time I let myself feel like that was a certainty. First, before chemotherapy I took a stance of come what may. Since then, I've taken a more active line in trying to move away, and pursue a better, longer life. The truth was that until the appointments of this month I still had no long term vision. I was constantly repeating in my subconscious that radiation therapy was coming, to not be irrational and look into the future,but to stick in this moment and deal with it.

Gentlemen, Know Thy Nuts (To Check For Testicular Cancer)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Testicular cancer doesn't necessarily cause pain in the testicles -- that's why feeling for a hard lump or bump and looking for changes is the best way to find this kind of cancer early.