Top Canadian Cancer Society research stories of 2013

TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society announced its list of 2013's top research stories today, highlighting important discoveries with the promise to change cancer forever.

The 2013 list includes:

    • Designing cancer-fighting viruses that are even more effective at killing cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed
    • Identifying the cancer cells which spread from the lungs to the brain, which could provide new targets for drugs to block the spread of these cells
    • Developing a toolkit to collect and use information on cancer-causing substances in the workplace to help reduce exposure to dangerous substances
    • Asking a simple question to help restore dignity to terminally ill cancer patients

"Scientists funded by the Canadian Cancer Society are making tremendous progress against cancer. Each December, when we look back on the year that was, it's a challenge to select the top research achievements because all the work is excellent. With this list, we're highlighting outstanding research that is dramatically expanding our cancer knowledge; how to prevent it, treat it better and move beyond it, " says Dr Sian Bevan, Director of Research, Canadian Cancer Society.

Read the detailed list of top research stories

The Canadian Cancer Society funds more cancer research, on more cancer types, than any other national charity. The research we fund is selected through our internationally renowned peer-review system to ensure we are funding the best, most promising research.

"With these research achievements we move closer to achieving our vision:  a world where no Canadian fears cancer," says Bevan.

The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by doing everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer. Join the fight! Go to to find out how you can help.

Image with caption: "Dr. Jean-Simon Diallo, along with Dr. John Bell, designed two cancer-fighting viruses with great potential. His project tops the Canadian Cancer Society's top research stories list of 2013." (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (National Office))". Image available at:

SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (National Office)

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