Canada Cancer

Get Ready For Some Good News About .. Herpes?

CBC | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Living

There’s a promising new treatment option on the horizon to fight cancer: Herpes. It sounds unusual, but it’s true. Combining a modified version ...

Eat This! Leafy Winter Greens

Kristin Wiens | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta
Kristin Wiens

Kale, schmale! Of course, we are joking - we love kale - but there are a variety of delicious and nutritious leafy greens available this time of year.

We Deserve More From the Tar Sands Than Cancer

Maggie MacDonald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Maggie MacDonald

On average, a person takes 20,000 to 30,000 breaths each day. That means that if the air around us is polluted, we can't help but take it in, and be exposed to harmful substances. Because we can't avoid it, we should do all that we can to protect our air. Today, Environmental Defence and our partners release a new report, "Reality Check: Air Pollution and the Tar Sands".

It's Not a Pink Ribbon That Reminds Me of Breast Cancer

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

2013-02-04-kickingcancersass.jpg There hasn't been one day since then that I don't think about my breasts. The current ones, the old ones, the cancer. Breast breasts breasts. My whole life, centered around some hanging, bouncy body parts. Impossible to escape, especially now, during the month of October, BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.

Helping Kids Cope During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

M. Maitland DeLand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
M. Maitland DeLand

Caregivers do their best to guide parents as they struggle to talk with their children about cancer, but misunderstanding, denial, and apprehension often distort the communication process. Frustration and fear can build up as parents respond to their child's curiosity with hesitation. Parents must provide appropriate information about cancer to gain the confidence they need to do the best they can for their child.

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

We all agree that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. An emphasis on prevention means that Canadians and their families will be less likely to live with the devastating effects of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. These diseases are largely preventable.

Which Canadian Province Smokes The Least?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, approximately one-third of cancers can be prevented simply by abstaining from smoking. That's good news f...

Canada's Healthcare System Denied My Dying Mother Choice

Elie Dolgin | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Elie Dolgin

It is my belief, as a Canadian who has lived in the U.S. for several years now and writes about drug development and medicine for a living, that standard of care isn't good enough when standards of care are poor. Why stick to a treatment regimen for all patients when the results are so dismal? In the absence of anything better to offer, why not at least offer patients and their families choice? There are many things that I admire about the Canadian healthcare system. Inflexibility is not one of them.

Where is Your Charity Money Really Being Spent?

Tim Paziuk | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

The results of a recent study conducted by MoneySense on charity spending are shocking, to say the least. The difference in the ways that charities are being run is frightening. I counted 13 very well-known charities that spend less than 50 per cent of the money they raise on programs. Two were less than 40 per cent!

Highlighting Canadian Women in Healthcare

Shirley Williams | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Shirley Williams

The recent Women in Health week shines a light on female transformers who are leaders in their own right. Whilst the US is clearly creating a buzz around their female health care transformers, the question is: "What is happening in Canada?" What is our country doing to celebrate and highlight our women in the health industry?

Surviving Cancer Made Me Realize I Like Fewer People

Annie Horcasitas | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Living
Annie Horcasitas

My whole life, I have always cast a wide net when meeting new people. And the mesh was tight. All were scooped up, all were brought in close, barely any escaped through the tiny holes. I have been told I am friendly -- typically meant as a compliment -- but cancer taught me that even good things require moderation.

SavvyMom Roundup: Ashton Kutcher, Saving our Skin and the Hyperloop

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Saving our skin, celebrity life tips, teens and Facebook, Elvis Dogs and the Hyperloop -- that's what caught my attention this week.

Everyone With Cancer Suffers From Scanxiety

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 09.12.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

There is something cancer patients refer to as scanxiety, which, I'm sure you can guess, is having anxiety about upcoming scans and results. Over the past several weeks, I have been suffering from a major case of scanxiety. Thursday, at long last, the day arrived and I had my dreaded CT scan.

How Meditation Helped Me get Through my Mom's Cancer

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sacha DeVoretz

Millions of people have experienced that dreaded moment when your heart drops hearing the words that a loved one has cancer. This happened to me last September. I was in my mother's kitchen, the sun coming through the window, my mother standing next to the sink. The words cancer coming from her mouth made my heart come to screeching halt.

How I Cope as a Cancer 'Survivor'

Mario Di Simine | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Mario Di Simine

Early one bright sunny morning a year and a half ago, my wife died of cancer. For hours I held her pills in my hand, convincing myself that I had no reason to live. I've never had cancer but I'm a cancer survivor, nonetheless -- and there's good reason for that.

The Germs That Will Make Your Hair Shiny and Lustrous

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Having a bad hair day can be a pain for anyone. While there continues to be an attitude of resignation amongst many, there may be some ways to prevent hair loss and perhaps even return hair to a more normal, if not lustrous state.

Helping the Fight Against Cancer, One Outspoken Celeb at a Time

Samara Perez | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Samara Perez

What Angelina Jolie and Michael Douglas have in common is that both are using their celebrity status to bring attention to the very realistic threat of cancer. For now, we must rely on celebrities to get the public's attention about important health threats. Both celebrities have provoked discussion, but where do we go from here?

Help Beat Cancer With 5 Easy Exercises

Dr. Andrea Cheville | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Andrea Cheville

As cancer patients become more informed about their illness and treatment options, I continue to be surprised by how many are unaware of the benefits of exercising during and after treatment. My patients have shown me first-hand what our studies have proven; that daily activity provides tremendous physical and psychological benefits.

Is Your Sunscreen Causing Cancer?

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

The majority of sunscreens on the market today are more harmful than beneficial. Sunscreens are designed to decrease your risk of skin cancer and allow you to enjoy the sun without worry. Unfortunately, most modern day sunscreens may increase your risk of cancer and disrupt the functioning of your hormones.

Ask Elizabeth: How Can I Support My Wife Who Has Cancer?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My wife Karen was recently diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. We want to help but Karen gets frustrated when any of us try to do things for her, with the kids or around the house. I don't know how to be strong as the best husband, caregiver, and deal with my own fears about what's happening. Can anyone be a 'super caregiver'?

SavvyMom Roundup: the Jolie Gene, the Busy Trap and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It was another busy week. We announced our top 75 Most Influential Canadian Mom Blogs, parents were fighting on the sidelines and everyone's talking a...

One Of Deadliest Cancers In Canada Is Preventable

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Ground is being gained on many fronts in the war against cancer, but one of the deadliest — liver cancer — is still on the rise, the Can...

Cancer and Thunder: Learning Life's Hard Lessons

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

2013-02-04-kickingcancersass.jpg Sometimes there are no magical answers. Sometimes it's just that life is unfair, and some of us get dealt a really shitty hand, while others may not. I wish there was a better explanation than that, a story you could tell your children when they ask why bad things happen to good people. I wish things could be different.

How To Predict The Best Cancer Treatments

CBC | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Living

Personalized medicine to guide prostate and other cancer treatment decisions is advancing as new tests for the genetic signature of tumours come on th...

Cancer Won't Ruin My Summer

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

2013-02-04-kickingcancersass.jpg Saturday, I continued on my quest to be a normal young person in the city. After having a nice visit with some of my family, I took a lovely walk through my neighbourhood and around the park and surrounding area. My feet ached from wearing terrible sandals. A regular person kind of ache. Not a cancer ache.