Ottawa researcher lands spot in Canadian Cancer Society’s Top 10 Research Impact Stories of 2015

February 3, 2016

Every year the Canadian Cancer Society honours 10 world-class research studies funded by the society. One of the 2015 selections showed that a steroid called dexamethasone can reduce the temporary pain caused by the radiation treatment given to patients whose cancer has spread to their bones. This randomized, placebo-controlled trial published in The Lancet Oncology was organized by the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, and brought together nearly 300 patients at 23 centres across Canada. Dr. Kristopher Dennis led the local arm of the study. The study concluded that dexamethasone should be part of standard care for bone metastases, and could change how advanced cancer is managed worldwide.

Authors: Edward Chow, Ralph M Meyer, Keyue Ding, Abdenour Nabid, Pierre Chabot, Philip Wong, Shahida Ahmed, Joda Kuk, A Rashid Dar, Aamer Mahmud, Alysa Fairchild, Carolyn F Wilson, Jackson S Y Wu, Kristopher Dennis, Michael Brundage, Carlo DeAngelis, Rebecca K S Wong.

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