Cancer isn’t one disease with one cure, but researchers have made significant progress in understanding and treating it.
Nearly half of Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, and all of us will likely be affected by it. But what do we really know about the disease?
Cancer is not one disease with one solution, said David Eisenstat, department chair and professor in the Division of Experimental Oncology at the University of Alberta. Rather, it is a group of hundreds of diseases that all involve abnormal cell growth.
New research and therapies are being developed all the time, with many of them leading to different treatment options that can target people’s individual cancers and specific symptoms.
In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and can often spread into surrounding tissues, said Eisenstat, who is also a member of the ...