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Immunotherapy: The promise of a new era in cancer treatment

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

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Pharmacare: Universal or tailored provincial top-up?

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

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Sun Awareness Week: Safety Tips

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

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Detecting cancer gene mutations from home: What you need to know

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

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What is Cancer Rehabilitation? Part One

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

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Just Breathe: Learning to Live with Bone Mets

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

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