Seeing children suffering with cancer when he was being treated himself broke Terry Fox's heart and inspired his Marathon of Hope. Now, those efforts have fuelled a unique initiative to give kids and young adults across the country a chance to live when there are few, if any, treatment options left.
While other teenagers are procrastinating doing their homework, Colette Benko is putting in late nights in a cancer research lab. The 16-year-old Albertan cancer researcher has won $7,500 in an international contest for her work on neuroblastoma.
Cancer patients increasingly are having their care guided by gene tumour boards, a new version of the hospital panels that traditionally decided whether surgery, radiation or chemotherapy would be best.