McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series


Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body, which is made up of trillions of cells. Normally, human cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells grow old or become damaged, they die, and new cells take their place. When cancer develops, however, this orderly process breaks down. As cells become more and more abnormal, old or damaged cells survive when they should die, and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form growths called tumors.

National Cancer Institute

Does starving cells of oxygen help kill cancer?

Video about starving cells of oxygen to kill cancer

This video provides a synopsis of a news article and a research study that investigated whether growing T cells in an oxygen–poor environment turns T cells into more effective killers.

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Spoiler Alert … Microwaves Do NOT Cause Cancer

Video about cancer and microwave use

This video examoines the myth that microwave appliances cause cancer, looking at evidence both for and against the claim.

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Can Using Your Cell Phone Actually Lead to Cancer or Is This a Myth?

Video about cancer and cell phone use

This video provides information about the association between cell phone use and cancer and methods of protection against radiation associated with increased cancer risk.

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CAR T-Cell Therapy: Engineering a Fighting Chance

Video about CAR T-Cell Therapy

This video explores CAR T-Cell Therapy — a treatment that increases the specificity of a patient's T-Cells for tumour cells in their body.

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Perspectives on Cancer Treatments

Video about cancer treatments

In this video Dr. Jonathan Bramson provides insights into the immunology of cancer, personalized treatments and his role in cancer research.

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Does antiperspirant cause cancer?

Video about antiperspirant and cancer

This video debunks the idea that antiperspirants cause cancer.

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Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML): What's Blood Got To Do With It?

Video about chronic myeloid leukemia

This video describes what chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is, how it occurs and its underlying mechanisms.

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Chemical Strategies to Modulate the Anti-Cancer Immune Response

Video about anti-cancer immune response

In this video seminar, Dr. Anthony Rullo provides an understanding of thge current arsenal of monoclonal antibody (mAb) based anti-cancer strategies.

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Cancer Immunotherapy: Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Back

Cancer immunotherapy video

This video looks at cancer immunotherapy, an emerging method of treatment against cancer that utilizes the body's own immune system to fight back.

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Aspirin and Cancer

Aspirin and cancer video

This video discusses recent oncological research involving the effects of aspirin in immunological responses towards cancer cells.

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Can Red Wine Prevent Cancer?

Video about red wine and cancer

The video describes the properties of resveratrol — the key chemical of red wine — and its potential benefits as a cancer preventative therapeutic.

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Can a Mediterranean Diet Lower Cancer Risk?

Video about mediterranean diet and cancer risk

This video provides information about the mediterranean diet and how it may prevent cancer.

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