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

Perspectives on Cancer Treatments

Cancer treatments video

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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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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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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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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