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By Marina Canalejo CCSN Web Policy Assistant When you hear the word immunotherapy what comes to mind?  An obscure therapy of some sort that has not yet been very well explained? In this article, you will find out about the immune system, how it works and how these new immunotherapies are helping our own bodies attack and kill cancer wherever it might be. The immune
By Marina Canalejo CCSN Web Policy Assistant In February of this year, a commission led by former Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins was formed to study the cost of prescription drugs and the possibility of creating a national pharmacare strategy. Proponents of this system argue that the federal government has a larger role to play than just helping the provinces reduce costs by ensuring adequate
It’s getting warmer outside! With the summer season fast approaching, many of us find ourselves spending a lot more time outside. Whether you’re biking to work, going on a hike, relaxing at the beach, or simply enjoying nature, outdoor activities are taking hold. While it is important to keep active and take advantage of the beautiful weather, we should not forget to stay safe under
By Allison MacAlister CCSN Communications & Social Media Coordinator On March 6th 2018, the DNA test company 23andMe announced that it now has approval to tell customers of their mail-in DNA-testing kit about three gene mutations of BRCA1 and BRCA2 as part of their genetic health results. What does that mean, and is it worth being concerned about? Let’s talk about the facts. Gene mutations?
By Jaymee Maaghop CCSN Public Policy Assistant In a report released in 2017, it was found that one in every two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This report was released by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada. With advancements in cancer control such as prevention, early detection and treatment, the
by Eileen Dahl A snowy day, mid-December, 2015, I was sitting in my car. The receptionist at my family doctor’s office had called to let me know that the results of yesterday’s bone scan were in and I needed to come in to discuss them. I asked if I should bring someone with me for the appointment. She said yes and my heart sank. I