Through innovative research on cancer treatment and prevention, members of the UBC Faculty of Medicine are attacking cancer on several fronts. Building from a rich tradition of discovery science, our people and partners are taking hold of new technologies and are exploring new areas of research to advance knowledge and improve care.

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“Arms race” between cancer and immune system revealed

The study led by MD/PhD student Allen Zhang will assist the design of new immunotherapy trials.
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UBC leads Canadian pancreatic cancer research initiative

The $5 million project will sequence metastatic pancreatic tumours of 400 patients, looking to see if the primary cancers genetically differ from metastatic cancers.
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An under-the-radar immune cell shows potential in fight against cancer

ILC2 cells were discovered as a major player in asthma. Wilf Jefferies found they may also stop cancer from metastasizing.
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Do men’s toenails contain clues about prostate cancer prevention?

Researchers will analyze concentrations of toxic metals and look for correlations with the histories of prostate cancer patients.
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An unexpected target — and weapon — for one of the deadliest cancers

A new drug, fostamatinib, reduced the growth rate of esophageal adenocarcinoma in mice by at least 70 per cent.
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UBC Medicine receives 40% of national genomics funding

The 10 projects, totaling $101 million, include an effort to reduce the risk of kidney transplant rejection.
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By jamming a lock, UBC scientists stop cancer cell growth

A team led by Christopher Ong in Urologic Sciences developed a protein-based drug that stops unrestricted cell proliferation. Next step: A clinical trial.
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An expert in women’s sexual health turns her attention to men

Lori Brotto is comparing two methods for helping men regain sexual health after prostate cancer treatment.
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Research finds link between marijuana use and testicular cancer

New research from Northern Medical Program Professor Russ Callaghan has found that use of marijuana is associated with the development of testicular cancer.
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Made-in-Canada lung cancer risk predictor outperforms other screening methods

The tool was developed in part by Professor of Medicine Stephen Lam.
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