Ask a cancer researcher: How can Ontarians get tested for hereditary cancers?
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research News
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4d ago
Medical Geneticist Dr. Raymond Kim answers a question about what genetic testing is available in Ontario. Having close family members with cancer could mean you have a higher risk of developing certain cancers. And so people with a family history of cancer may want to get genetic testing to better understand their risks. In our latest Ask a Cancer Researcher video, University Health Network Medical Geneticist Dr. Raymond Kim answers a question from Coburg resident Jo Ann Kropf-Hedley about what genetic testing is available in Ontario. Kim also explains how the Ontario Hereditary Can ..read more
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AI helps find new leads for brain cancer drug discovery
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research News
by hcostie
3w ago
Research led by OICR and SickKids used machine learning to find links between cancer outcomes and druggable proteins. Ontario scientists used advanced computing techniques to generate a catalogue of potential targets for future drug discovery research, as well as two promising targets for brain cancer drugs. In a study published in the EMBO Journal, researchers used machine learning — a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that can learn from data and make predictions — to analyze the gene expression of more than 9,000 tumour samples across 33 cancer types. They looked specifically at a group ..read more
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Ask a cancer researcher: What are ‘imaging probes’ and how can they help diagnose prostate cancer?
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research News
by hcostie
3w ago
PhD student Pamela Penawou answers a question from a prostate cancer survivor. One of the most exciting new innovations in diagnosing cancer is the development of ‘imaging probes’ that attach themselves to cancer cells to show the precise location of a tumour. In our latest Ask a Cancer Researcher video, prostate cancer survivor and retired medical physicist Jerry Battista asks about how these probes work, and how they can be harnessed to improve the way prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated. His question is answered by McMaster PhD student and radiochemistry researcher Pamela Penawou. See ..read more
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Working with racialized communities to improve access to genetic testing
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research News
by hcostie
3w ago
OICR-supported research led by Dr. Yvonne Bombard aims to understand and overcome barriers that have kept racialized populations from accessing genetic services. Genetic testing can help detect cancer early, when it is most treatable, and even help prevent it altogether. A genetic test can tell you if you inherited variations in your DNA that make you more likely to develop cancer. From there, you can be referred to high-risk screening programs designed to find cancer as early as possible, or surgeries that can reduce your risk of developing cancer at all. But genetic testing is only beneficia ..read more
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Newest OICR Investigator seeks to develop precision treatments for young people with high risk leukemia
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research News
by hcostie
1M ago
OICR recently welcomed Dr. Grace Egan to the OICR community as the recipient of an Early-Career Investigator Award. As a staff physician at the Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Grace Egan sees firsthand the need for better, more-targeted treatments for children, adolescents and young adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). This is what compelled her to explore the underlying biology of different subtypes of AML, so that therapies can be tailored to the specifics of each patient’s cancer. Dr. Egan joined OICR News and explained how she is helping to bring a badly-needed upgrade of AML treatmen ..read more
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Healthy diet linked to reduced risk of colon cancers in men
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research News
by hcostie
1M ago
Data from a Canadian population health study confirms the association between diet and colon cancers. Eating a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods could cut men’s risk of colon cancers in half, according to a new study based on Canadian data. In the study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, researchers from OICR and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York looked at data from the Canadian Study of Diet, Lifestyle and Health, a cohort of 73,000 Canadian residents recruited in the 1990s and followed for up to 18 years. They found that men who scored in the highest ca ..read more
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Ask a Cancer Researcher: How can we address bias in cancer research?
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by hcostie
1M ago
In our latest Ask a Cancer Researcher video, Peter Goodhand, CEO of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, responds to a question about bias in cancer research. Watch the clip to hear his thoughts on how scientists, research institutions and funding organizations can all play a role in avoiding bias in research. The post Ask a Cancer Researcher: How can we address bias in cancer research? appeared first on Ontario Institute for Cancer Research ..read more
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New tech could modernize recovery from gynecological cancers
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research News
by hcostie
2M ago
With support from FACIT, Hyivy Health aims to improve pelvic rehabilitation with a new, patient-centred device. It was painfully obvious to Rachel Bartholomew back in 2019 that women’s pelvic rehabilitation needed to be brought into the 21st century. Bartholomew was on bedrest, dealing with side effects from treatment for cervical cancer that “wreaked havoc” on her body. But she found the device that was meant to help her recover was causing her undue pain and didn’t seem designed for her body. As an entrepreneur, Bartholomew recognized an opportunity to make pelvic rehabilitation more comfort ..read more
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Ask a Cancer Researcher: How can we address bias in cancer research?
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research News
by hcostie
2M ago
In our latest Ask a Cancer Researcher video, Peter Goodhand, CEO of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, responds to a question about bias in cancer research. Watch the clip to hear his thoughts on how scientists, research institutions and funding organizations can all play a role in avoiding bias in research. The post Ask a Cancer Researcher: How can we address bias in cancer research? appeared first on Ontario Institute for Cancer Research ..read more
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Three research and healthcare leaders join OICR’s Board
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research News
by hcostie
2M ago
OICR welcomes Dr. Jennifer Chan, Laurie Harrison and Dr. Nancy Ross to its Board of Directors. Three leaders in science, medicine and healthcare administration joined OICR’s Board of Directors in recent months. They bring decades of experience that will strengthen OICR’s efforts to tackle the big challenges in cancer and deliver solutions to patients. Dr. Jennifer Chan, Laurie Harrison and Dr. Nancy Ross were elected to three-year terms that run until Fall 2026. Dr. Jennifer Chan is Director of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology ..read more
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