Society funded teams are changing the landscape of cancer research
TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is proud to
announce its top 10 breakthroughs of 2011. This list of accomplishments
showcases how researchers funded by the Society continue to lead the
way in advances that will reduce the number of Canadians diagnosed with
and dying from cancer, and improve the quality of life for people
living with and beyond cancer. Due to progress in cancer research, over
60 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive, compared
with only 25 per cent when the Society began funding research in the
"2011 has been a very exciting year for cancer research," said Sarah
Bouma, Senior Manager, Research, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario
Division. "Society funded researchers have made tremendous gains,
particularly in clinical trials. Research advances in Ontario and
across the country are impacting the lives of people living with
cancer, their families and caregivers."
Story highlights include:
A landmark clinical trial of a new way to prevent breast cancer.
A Toronto protocol that gives 100% survival for families with a specific
The discovery of a human blood stem cell that could end the search for
A new imaging method that could detect lung cancer with more accuracy.
A clinical trial that has found that men with prostate cancer can take a
The development of tumour-killing nanoparticles.
The top 10 breakthroughs are available at http://files.newswire.ca/1012/top10breakthroughs.pdf.
In addition to the top 10 breakthroughs, seven scientists funded by the
Society received major national awards recognizing their research
achievements. Of those seven, three researchers were elected by their
peers to the Royal Society of Canada, one of the highest honours a
scholar can receive in the arts, humanities and sciences in this
"We have made great progress, but there's much more to be done," added
Bouma. "Each day with the help of our donors, we are fighting cancer
from all angles including prevention, earlier detection, improved
treatments and quality of life."
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization
of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the
enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When
you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or
call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at
SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
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