Thirty-Five Years Ago Today an Entire Nation Deflated…

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On September 1, 1980 one of the most courageous endeavors that the country, if not the world, has ever seen came to a tragic and unexpected end. Terry Fox announced that his inspirational, and some would say, impossible, Marathon of Hope, was sadly over. The cancer that had taken his leg a few years earlier had now returned in his lungs, and he had to stop. He was running in Thunder Bay Ontario, but when …

     

A Fond Remembrance of Dr. Tony Pawson

I was shocked beyond belief, and saddened beyond words this afternoon (August 8, 2103) to learn of the death the night before of Dr. Anthony (Tony) Pawson. The Toronto Star had this piece on Tony tonight, and no doubt there will be many more tributes flowing over the next days. But I wanted to give a bit of my own personal memoir of Dr. Tony Pawson. I have known Tony for at least 25 years, …

     

Cancer Research Needs Whiz Kids Like Adam Noble!

Anyone who has doubts about whether or not we are in good hands with the next generation should watch this video. Adam Noble does indeed seem to qualify for the moniker “whiz kid” and we obviously hope he is going to make more and more impacts in the future … It is reminiscent of the story I posted last year about another “whiz kid”, Jack Andraka. Hard not to be awed when you see stuff …

     

Of Spelling Mistakes and Cancers…

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In these pages I have oft referred to cancers as diseases of genes and mutations. That is, mistakes or mutations that develop or accumulate in our DNA can sometimes lead to the onset and development of diseases like cancer. Does that mean that cancer is inherited? Actually not for the most part, although it is true that in a limited number of cases mutations that can cause cancers may actually be inherited from one or …