Canada Cancer

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.

Taking Precaution: Why I Want My Ovaries Removed

Her Magazine | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

I may not have the mutated gene, and I may not be in the high risk group, but I am a woman who is looking to avoid a silent killer. While medicine today may not share my thoughts, something tells me that in 20 years from now, removing your ovaries will become a common procedure among women over 40.

Dental Care During Cancer Treatment: What You Need To Know

Anaida Deti | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Anaida Deti

It's important to understand the negative effects of cancer care on your dental health, including the teeth, gums, salivary glands and other oral tissues. When there are pre-existing dental issues such as cavities, abscesses, or gingivitis, the infection may become worse during treatment.

Cannabis' Cancer Treatment Potential Is Finally Being Recognized

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

Since I posted the letter that has spread further than I ever expected, I have received a few private responses on Facebook. They have all been touching and meaningful, and I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me. However it was today I received the most significant one.

No, It's Not 'Just' Skin Cancer

Natalie Richardson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Richardson

Growing up, we never talked about the importance of sun protection. We ran and played outside, without even thinking about applying sunscreen. Had I known that ignorance would lead to a stage 3b metastatic melanoma diagnosis in my mid-30s, I would've done things a lot differently.

Love Him Or Hate Him, Rob Ford Leaves A Lasting Legacy

YPNextHome | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Politics

He was a seemingly well-intentioned politician with a problem in the limelight of municipal politics and you'll be hard pressed to find a Torontonian without an opinion. But if you look past the madness of his political term and stay focused on his politics, you'll find a mayor who's left a legacy to be proud of.

Coach Taught Me The World Was Mine For The Taking

Andy Juniper | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Living
Andy Juniper

Coach passed away last Friday, having fought the good fight against cancer, the scourge of our times. You may not know Coach, but I hope you know someone like him -- a person who pours water on you when you are about to flame out, who picks you up by the scruff of your neck and puts you back on track, who shows you that there is indeed a big, wide world out there.

Man's Best Friend Could Be The Key To Curing Cancer

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

Everyone has been touched by sorrow due to cancer in his or her lifetime. Better detection to catch cancer early and better medication to improve a patient's quality of life are important and optimistic steps toward finding a cure for this dreadful disease -- and it starts with our favourite animals.

5 Things People Going Through Cancer Want You To Know

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Janet Ellis, a psychiatrist with the Odette Cancer Centre's Patient and Family Support program who specializes in psychosocial oncology, says it's best to be open and supportive of what is important or difficult for the individual, rather than making assumptions or giving advice to "think positive."

'Manopause' Is Real And Should Not Be Ignored

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A 65-year-old man notices he's feeling more tired lately. He's gaining weight and losing muscle. He can't get as many erections, and generally feels foggy and unwell. His family doctor takes some blood tests and rules out thyroid problems, high cholesterol and blood sugar issues. The only finding is low testosterone -- but that's a normal part of aging, right?

Sticky Situation: How To Offer Support To Someone With Cancer

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

It's also important to be authentic and true to your relationship. The person has not changed and wants to be treated as you always have. He or she is that special someone in your life, with cancer, for now. If someone in your world has cancer, here is a guide of words and actions to comfort, soothe and show you care.

Cancer Research Needs Collaboration, Not Competition

Adam Garone | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Adam Garone

Collaboration itself is not a new word, but for the world of cancer research it's an innovative approach. My view is that we need to collaborate to maximize investment and increase research capabilities. Personal interests such as profit, competition, rivalry or recognition need to be put aside.

We Can Do More To Put Patients At The Centre Of Cancer Care

Shelly Jamieson | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Shelly Jamieson

Canada is one of the few countries with a robust strategy to tackle cancer: the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control aims to reduce the incidence of cancer, lessen the likelihood of Canadians dying from cancer, and enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer.

I Never Thought I'd Know Cancer Until It Hit Me And My Daughter

Roberto Valente | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Roberto Valente

Alina had emergency brain surgery the next day to attempt to remove the tumour, or at least get a biopsy and help correct the spinal fluid flow in her brain. I assumed the worst would happen as I held her and laid her down on the operating table for the anesthesiologist. I did not know then that I would be the last thing she would see.

'No Hair Selfie' Shaves Heads In Solidarity With Those Facing Cancer

Ward Anderson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

If you've ever known anyone who has lost their hair due to cancer treatment, you already know how disheartening and dehumanizing it can be. The No Hair Selfie campaign seeks to show support to the people going through that battle with a little cleverness and a tiny smirk on the side.

My Parents Killed My Self-Esteem - Now I'm Done Taking Criticism

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

I was 14 and shocked by all the criticisms suddenly blind-siding me. They ranged from making me believe I was an (almost) slut to something as vague as, "Shake my hand and commit to 'trying harder.'" To this day I wonder how much harder I could try. I already had a 4.0 GPA.