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$1.2M to advance the treatment of pancreatic cancer

April 2, 2014

The Canadian Cancer Society has awarded Dr. John Bell an Impact Grant totalling $1.2 million over the next five years to further his research into the use of viruses to fight pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, an estimated 4,700 people in this country were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and 4,300 people died of the disease. The five-year relative survival rate of pancreatic cancer is only eight per cent. A world leader in oncolytic viruses, Dr Bellís work has the potential to result in a highly targeted therapy for pancreatic cancer with fewer side effects than current treatment methods. See details in the Canadian Cancer Society news release or article in the Ottawa Citizen .

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