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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Let’s give a shoutout to all the amazing scientists and researchers that put their all into their work everyday and do their part in the fight against cancer! This International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we had the chance to interview a few of our researchers and got their opinions on some frequentlyContinue reading “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”

Everyone has a cancer story

We all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer, it could be our family members, our friends, or even that nice aunty that sells nasi lemak on the weekends. Cancer has quickly become a part of our lives without us realising it. And in order to stay one step ahead of cancer, weContinue reading “Everyone has a cancer story”

Bald is Beautiful

Have you ever thought of shaving your head in support of a friend, a family member, or a loved one going through cancer treatment? Some of you may already know this (or not), treatment options for advanced forms of cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Chemotherapy in particular, causes hair loss. Here’s why – chemotherapyContinue reading “Bald is Beautiful”

MeMoSa® WebApp enables the early detection of oral cancer.

Did you know that 70% of oral cancer patients are diagnosed at advanced stages, III and IV, which lowers the cure rate to only 20%? A big factor to the late detection is that oral cancer can often present itself as relatively small problems, such as a loose tooth or an ulcer that doesn’t heal. Continue reading “MeMoSa® WebApp enables the early detection of oral cancer.”

Together, making better decisions with her

Many may feel overwhelmed on making decisions about their treatment, often turning to their doctors, their family and their friends for advice. Sometimes, the fear of chemotherapy and hospital-based treatment can drive individuals to consider treatments which they perceive to be more “natural” but may not work. “There have been many advances in breast cancerContinue reading “Together, making better decisions with her”

Immunotherapy for breast cancer patients because of a variant common in Asians?

Did you know that if we didn’t have active immune systems, most of us could get cancers? Cancer cells produce invisibility cloaks to hide from our immune system’s “checkpoints”, allowing them to grow and spread. Luckily, scientists have found a way to wake up the immune system to hunt cancer cells, and has already resultedContinue reading “Immunotherapy for breast cancer patients because of a variant common in Asians?”

Do you believe in MaGiC?

What is MaGiC? Cancer Research Malaysia (CRMY) has collaborated with geneticists, gynaecologists, and oncologists throughout the nation to complete a study called MaGiC, which stands for “Mainstreaming Genetic Counselling for Genetic Testing of BRCA1 and BRCA2 in Ovarian Cancer Patients in Malaysia”. The MaGiC was implemented in 2017 to determine the feasibility and impact ofContinue reading “Do you believe in MaGiC?”

The first Malaysian-made oral cancer vaccine!

More than 370,000 patients are diagnosed with head and neck cancer every year, and sadly, there has been less improvement in survival when compared to other cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer. This is because head and neck cancers are rare in North America and Europe (where most of research centres are located), andContinue reading “The first Malaysian-made oral cancer vaccine!”

Professor Dr Cheong wins international award for her work in oral cancer!

Who is she? Professor Sok Ching Cheong is the Head of Translational Cancer Biology at Cancer Research Malaysia (CRMY), and a Professor at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She trained in molecular biology and has worked in the field of oral cancer for 19 years. Her research centres on identifying and understanding the role ofContinue reading “Professor Dr Cheong wins international award for her work in oral cancer!”

Which woman is at higher risk of breast cancer?

This new study narrows down the genes that matter. Pink ribbons, breast cancer campaigns all call for greater breast awareness, but you may be wondering, “If no one in my family has cancer, am I at risk of breast cancer? Should I go for a genetic test?” There are many factors, including lifestyle, breast density,Continue reading “Which woman is at higher risk of breast cancer?”