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Chemotherapy drug puts young children with cancer at high risk of hearing loss

75 per cent of patients five years old and younger had experienced cisplatin-related hearing loss three years after starting therapy.
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New study examines ‘Achilles’ heel’ of cancer tumours, paving the way for new treatment strategies

UBC and BC Cancer researchers have uncovered a weakness in a key enzyme that solid tumour cancer cells rely on to adapt and survive.
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Clinical trial aims to improve outcomes for patients with colorectal cancer after surgery

The trial will assess whether a simple blood test can detect circulating tumour DNA after surgery.
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Scientists obtain real-time look at how cancers evolve

A new study shows it may be possible for researchers to predict how breast cancer tumours will evolve over time.
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Pilot project to bring access to cancer clinical trial care closer to home for patients in northwest B.C.

The project is part of an international clinical trial led by Dr. Robert Olson.
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Childhood cancer discovery may stop tumour spread before it starts

New understanding of how Ewing sarcoma tumours travel through the body has the potential to prevent metastatic spread in a number of cancer types.
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Biotechnology in B.C.—future treatments and potential cures for cancer

Dr. Peter Zandstra explains how the pandemic is shaping biotechnology in B.C., and discusses some of the novel treatments and potential cures for other diseases underway at biotechnology company Notch.
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UBC cancer researchers receive international team science award

Dr. Poul Sorensen is the principal investigator of the Vancouver team on the St. Baldrick’s Foundation-Stand Up To Cancer (SUTC) Pediatric Cancer Dream Team.
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Made-in-Canada method of producing life-saving radioisotopes receives Health Canada approval

This landmark development will usher in a new era for patients in Canada and around the world.
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UBC scientists partner with Microsoft to develop next generation of cancer imaging and treatment tools

Using AI, the research team aims to transform cancer detection in B.C. and beyond.
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