A McMaster University researcher is leading new work to find treatment options for the same form of brain cancer suffered by Tragically Hip frontman, Gord Downie.
Sheila Singh and her team is tackling the most lethal and aggressive brain tumour that occurs in adults, glioblastoma.
They will focus not on the original tumour, but on the relapsed cancer with the goal of getting new therapies into patients as soon as possible.
They’re also receiving $2.5 million in funding from the Terry Fox Research Institute over the next three years.
About two to three people per 100 thousand are diagnosed with glioblastoma each year. Fewer than five per cent survive beyond five years, with average survival time being around 15 months.