Cancer Research in the News

There are hundreds of new additions to the cancer research literature every day – journal articles, media stories, blogs etc. It would be a gargantuan (and unreasonable) task to try to capture all of this traffic.

Below I have tried to capture just a “taste” of the cancer research smorgasbord that is out there. In some cases I might just post a link, in other cases a short commentary. These posts are designed to be more like “quick hits” that complement the longer blog posts.

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Dr Janet Dancey Appointed as Director of Canada’s Pre-Eminent National Clinical Trials Group

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After the departure last summer of Dr. Ralph Meyer as the Director of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG) (which I wrote about in these pages), the search has been on to find a new Director for the Group. The search was a joint one by Queen’s University and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI) I am delighted that Dr. Janet Dancey has just today been announced as Dr. Meyer’s successor. Janet is a …

     

Dr. Robert Bell to Become Ontario’s New Deputy Minister of Health

Earlier this week I was very surprised, yet extremely pleased, to learn that Dr. Robert Bell, President and CEO of the Toronto-based University Health Network (UHN) was going to become Ontario’s next Deputy Minister of Health. On March 26, 2014 Bob posted the following public message about this appointment/transition on his UHN site: Although it would be disingenuous of me to suggest that we are close friends, I have known Bob for over 20 years …

     

New Promise for Detecting Ovarian Cancers Earlier

Some very encouraging news broke today in the fight to detect ovarian cancers earlier. Often called “the silent killer” or the “disease that whispers” ovarian cancer often first presents itself when it is already at an advanced stage and when the prognosis is not very favourable. The irony is that women whose ovarian cancers are caught early in Stage I have excellent 5-year survival rates, in excess of 80-90%. In this case, the earlier the …

     

Good News, Bad News: Dr. Ralph Meyer is Moving

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This past Thursday the Hamilton (Ontario) newspaper, The Hamilton Spectator, published a small article in its “Local News” section that said Cancer researcher Ralph Meyer appointed to head Juravinski Hospital. This may have gone unnoticed by most, and likely under-appreciated even by many who read it. But this is a BIG news story for Canada’ s entire cancer research community and especially for clinical oncologists and clinical trials researchers all over the country, and even …

     

Today is World Health Day – Go Out and Hug a Researcher!

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Every April 13, World Health Day is marked to remember the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Every year a theme is selected. This years theme is hypertension or high blood pressure. Just the same I wanted to take a second to ask you to ponder how much better we all are for the relentless, creative and indefatigable work of cancer researchers worldwide that have helped bring survival rates from all cancers …

     

Quebec May Finally Be Owning Up to Asbestos Reality

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A story on the CBC brought out some optimism in me that maybe Quebec is finally going to turn the tide on its ridiculous and way off-side, stubborn support for asbestos. This is good news, if long overdue, to all of us who have wondered how long they could hold out against cold hard facts. In their story yesterday Quebec’s asbestos promotion policy may be ending it was noted that “If even in Quebec, with …

     

“ASAP” – A Survivorship Action Plan – from Prostate Cancer Canada

While I would like to think that I taught him everything he knows, Dr. Stuart Edmonds might claim a bit of the credit for himself I hired Stuart for his first “real” job, i.e., after his postdoctoral work in Alberta to join me at the then National Cancer Institute of Canada. Stuart has since gone on to leadership positions at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance. He is currently the …

     

How Hard is it to Accurately Fill an IV Bag with Chemotherapy Drugs?

This story has been quite the front page news for a couple of days in Ontario and the rest of Canada as it came to light that over 1000 patients at 5 Canadian hospitals were UNDER-dosed with their chemotherapy drugs due to the IV bags apparently being overfilled with saline by the manufacturer and therefore being diluted. While bad, this is better than the opposite – having an overdose. Still my surmise is that there …