Using The Body’s Natural Defence System To Battle Cancer

Written for Mediaplanet’s Future of Cancer Care campaign. Published in the Toronto Star on December 3, 2015.  Immuno-oncology, also known as immunotherapy or biological therapy, is a relatively new treatment that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancerous cells. “Cancer cells can manipulate the immune system and make it ineffective,” explains Dr. Michael Smylie, professor […]

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Early Treatment Shown To Reduce Complication Risk For Crohn’s Disease Patients

Written for Mediaplanet’s Digestive Wellness campaign. Crohn’s disease can be a debilitating condition, but recent Canadian research reveals that people living with this disease can be treated more effectively by using existing therapies in a new way. The REACT (Randomized Evaluation of an Algorithm for Crohn’s Treatment) trial followed the treatment of nearly 2,000 Crohn’s patients […]

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Hepatitis C: Why You Should Get Tested

Written for Mediaplanet’s campaign covering infectious diseases and liver illness. Published online and in print inside the National Post on September 17, 2015.  Hepatitis C is a viral infection that attacks the liver, yet most patients do not realize they have contracted the disease until it has already done significant — and sometimes irreversible – damage. “It’s an […]

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A Real Pain: Shingles And How You Can Avoid It

Written for Mediaplanet‘s Dermatology campaign. Published online and in print inside the National Post on September 12, 2015.  The pain was so intense that everything felt uncomfortable. She couldn’t sit, stand or settle herself and sleeping was nearly impossible. “It was so constant and so severe. I felt like I couldn’t take a breath,” says the Ontario woman. […]

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A Shot At Shingles Prevention

Written for Mediaplanet‘s Dermatology campaign. Published online and in print inside the National Post, September 12, 2015.  Chicken pox is a common concern for children, but the virus behind this disease does not disappear along with its characteristic red spots. Instead, the varicella zoster virus can reactivate later in life as a painful rash called shingles. “The virus […]

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Mediaplanet: Multiple Myeloma: Living With An Incurable Cancer

Written for Mediaplanet‘s Blood Health and Transplants campaign. Published online and in print inside the National Post, September 28th.  Patients who are diagnosed with myeloma are diagnosed for life. “There is no cure for multiple myeloma but we remain optimistic for the future,” says Francine Gendron, the Chief Executive Officer of Myeloma Canada. “While patients go into remission, […]

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