Autophagy: a Fundamental Cellular Process That Goes Haywire in Cancer

By: Mike Pryszlak Image: tumour cells exploit the autophagic process The Nobel Prize, established by Alfred Nobel in 1895, is the highest award an individual can receive for their academic, cultural or scientific contributions.  Alfred was himself a chemist and inventor who amassed a fortune by inventing Nobel’s Blasting Powder, or dynamite, and subsequently became … Continue reading Autophagy: a Fundamental Cellular Process That Goes Haywire in Cancer

Statins: From Cholesterol Control to Cancer Care

By: Joseph Longo Faced with increasing costs for the development of new drugs, researchers are now looking to repurpose older drugs as a relatively quick and inexpensive way of improving treatment options for cancer patients. One promising class of drugs that is receiving increased attention is the statin family of cholesterol-lowering medication. Statins have been … Continue reading Statins: From Cholesterol Control to Cancer Care

Ready-or-not here we come: opening our eyes to the fight on cancer

By: Martin Smith, PhD Cancer cells are locked into an epic game of hide-and-seek with our body.  Naturally, our body is tuned to recognize and eliminate foreign matter with the help of our immune system.  Cancer is no exception.  Routine inspection shows the presence of tumour infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) deep inside of tumours removed during … Continue reading Ready-or-not here we come: opening our eyes to the fight on cancer

The Crucial Role of Patient Samples in Cancer Research

  Cancer research can take on many forms, and many major discoveries have been made using organisms such as roundworms, fruit flies, mice and rats. However, patients themselves play a crucial role in research, from participation in clinical trials to providing tumour samples for researchers to study. Perhaps the most famous example is the case … Continue reading The Crucial Role of Patient Samples in Cancer Research

New Hope for Elderly Patients with Glioblastoma

Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most devastating and common form of adult brain cancer worldwide, afflicting 2-3 of every 100,000 individuals. While the pace of basic research into the disease has been fast with constant new discoveries at the bench, translation of this knowledge to the bedside has proved to be an especially great challenge. There … Continue reading New Hope for Elderly Patients with Glioblastoma

Green Science: The Role of Medical Marijuana in Cancer Therapy

Canada has announced that in 2017 it will make a monumental change to the drug policy relating to the use of marijuana.  The change to the drug policy will pursue the benefits of marijuana while emphasizing shared responsibility, compassion and human rights.  As these changes take place, it is our responsibility to examine the scientific … Continue reading Green Science: The Role of Medical Marijuana in Cancer Therapy

The Easiest Place to Hide is in Plain Sight

In recent years one type of skin cancer has received particular attention due to one person in particular.  Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States of America, brought melanoma into the public eye when he announced that doctors were treating him for several metastasized “spots on his brain”.  Thankfully, soon after treatment Mr. … Continue reading The Easiest Place to Hide is in Plain Sight

How is obesity linked to colon cancers? The answer lies in stem cells.

According to The World Health Organization, 13% of adults worldwide (600 million people) currently suffer from obesity. In addition to causing/increasing the risk of heart diseases, arthritis, and diabetes, obesity is also a well-established risk factor for certain cancers of the colon, breast, esophagus, pancreas and liver. But it’s not clear how obesity can cause … Continue reading How is obesity linked to colon cancers? The answer lies in stem cells.