Cracking the cancer code
April 4, 2016
Despite the many advances in fighting the disease, the most commonly used treatments — chemotherapy and radiation therapy — are imperfect tools. While often effective, they also harm normal cells along with cancer cells. And this can lead to myriad side effects: hair loss, nausea and even more serious ones, such as heart failure. In some instances, the damage done by treatment to healthy cells can lead to the development new cancers years down the road.
But Katyal hopes his work will tip the scales in our favour. Working alongside other Manitoba researchers, he is looking for clues in tumours’ DNA to create new companion treatments that will augment the effectiveness of therapies with fewer side effects.