Canada Cancer

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 11.21.2016 | 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.

I'm A Cancer Survivor Cycling To Make A Difference

Louise Rimanic | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Louise Rimanic

Over the years, many friends, neighbours and relatives have been diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, too many have lost their battles. I have two close girlfriends who are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Very recently, two of my closest friends -- both young, health-conscious individuals -- fought valiantly but succumbed to the disease.

The Secret Pain Of Caretakers

Lenora Thompson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada
Lenora Thompson

Staring up at the constellation Orion on a crisp winter's night, I wonder how much longer I can bear the pain. The pain of watching my husband cringe ...

My Rare Cancer Diagnosis Inspired Me To Give Back

Chad Friesen | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Chad Friesen

On Nov. 20, 2014, my world was rocked by words we all dread: "I'm sorry, you have cancer." We have all been affected by cancer in one way or another -- loved ones, perhaps parents and/or other relatives who have had to fight that battle. Some may have won that battle; however, many may not have been not as fortunate.

Every Generation Had Its David Bowie Moment

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Over his 50-year career, Bowie had an unparalleled ability to remain relevant by giving each generation its own moment with him. The 1970s kids got to enjoy his most prolific and influential period as one of the era's most definitive artists as it happened while the rest of us eventually discovered it as a pop cultural rite of passage, regardless of our entry point. He kicked off the decade a year early with his non-hippie hit "Space Oddity" before unleashing his Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke personae, collaborating with John Lennon, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, and moving to Berlin to record his groundbreaking trilogy, "Low," "Heroes" and "Lodger."

Organ Transplant Patients More Likely To Die From Cancer: Study

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living

The study included more than 11,000 Ontario transplant patients.

Her Last Hanukkah Made Us Believe In Life's Little Miracles

Bernie Farber | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living
Bernie Farber

Joanne's health deteriorated significantly but her mettle remained strong. She so wanted to celebrate her last Hanukkah with Jack and the family. However as she entered the palliative care unit at Credit Valley Hospital we feared this would not be.

A Cancer-Fighting Vegetable (And A Fruit That May Increase Risk)

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Living

More reasons to love the spud.

What You Need To Know About Clinical Trials And Cancer Treatment

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Clinical trials are designed to test new ways of treating, diagnosing or preventing cancer against the best available standard of treatment that is currently available. From questions about safety, accessing newer treatments, to wondering about the benefit to your own treatment, exploring what clinical trials actually involve can help you determine if one is worth considering.

Running Can Inspire People To Acts Of Virtue

Lisa Abram | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

Now in my 50s, I look back over the last five years or so with quiet resolve. Four girlfriends have been diagnosed with breast cancer, all with different journeys. When the sobering statistics warn that one in nine women will get this dreaded disease, I know that cancer lurks in the shadows.

Teaching The Difference Between The Pap And STI Testing

Lyba Spring | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

The importance of the distinction becomes clear when we look at the statistics. According to the lead researcher of a recently published article on this issue, over the past 10 years, chlamydia and gonorrhea rates in Canadians rose by 72 and 53 per cent, respectively, especially for chlamydia.

I'm Living With The Most Deadly Women's Cancer

Esther Hockenstein | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Living
Esther Hockenstein

My story begins with everyone's worst nightmare. Following a wonderful career as a social worker, I was ready to move into a new and exciting phase of my life: retire from my job, travel the world with my husband, enjoy new experiences, and relish time spent with children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, "life is what happens when you are busy making other plans."

What The Headlines Didn't Tell You About That Bacon And Cancer Study

Dr. Raywat Deonandan | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Raywat Deonandan

They put processed meat into Group 1 -- "exposures known to be carcinogenic to humans." But categorization caused misunderstandings. The report simply put processed meat in the same category (Group 1) as cigarette smoking, but did not claim it was as dangerous as smoking.

This Woman Is Helping People Find Beauty After Trauma

Alison Tedford | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Style
Alison Tedford

LeiLani Kopp is a paramedical makeup artist and cosmetics manufacturer who, through countless hours of volunteer work with cancer patients and burn victims, shows that beauty is definitely more than skin deep. Her business, Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics, subsidizes the volunteer work that makes a difference in the lives of those who have been through incredibly difficult experiences.

5 Ways To Reduce Meat's Cancer Risk Besides Moderation

Theresa Albert | Posted 10.30.2016 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

I really detest the saying "everything in moderation" because my moderation is different from yours, and neither of us knows what the outcomes will be of our choices. We don't eat nutrients, we eat foods and for many different reasons.

Don't Panic About Cancer-Causing Meat Just Yet

Talia Zenlea, MD | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Living
Talia Zenlea, MD

When you read that processed meat has "Grade 1" status, just like cigarette smoking, arsenic, or asbestos, it just means that the WHO is confident in the relationship between processed meat and cancer - NOT that processed meat is as likely to cause cancer as cigarette smoking is.

Get The Cured Pork Off Your Fork

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

If you follow my 80 twenty rule and eat healthy foods such as vegetables, beans and lentils, fruit, nuts and seeds, fish and lean poultry 80% of the time, you can have some of the less healthy options 20% of the time. Whether it's sugar or bacon, no diet is 100% perfect.

Setting the Tatas Free Won't Erase Breast Cancer

Lyba Spring | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

Early in this year's breast cancer madness, a friend posted a photo with a caption on my Facebook page. It depicted a slim woman, nude except for panties, arms raised, flying her (matching) black bra overhead. The caption: "Support breast cancer. Set the tatas free. Oct. 13 no bra day." I don't love it and here is why.

This is What I Tell Patients Asking if They're Genetically Prone to Cancer

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

As a genetics counsellor, one of the most frequently asked questions I hear is, "Can I have a genetic test to see if I am predisposed to cancer?" The short answer: maybe.

Vancouver Art Show Celebrates Creative Minds of Brain Cancer Patients

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 10.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Adrian Brijbassi

Every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. On April 7 of this year, 26 of them were strangers to me. The one who wasn't, the one whose text message -- "please come home ...I have the bad brain cancer" -- is seared into my memory like the deepest of scars, the one whose eyes I've sought for strength, resolve, security and acceptance for two decades, is my wife.

Does Breast Cancer Have a Connection to Cows?

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Cancer is the number one killer in this country. In women, breast cancer is the second leading cause of this potentially deadly disease. Researchers across the country and around the world are working tirelessly not only to find a cure but also to find the cause. When it comes to how exactly breast cancer is triggered, the answer is elusive.