Here are the latest TFRI news stories. See our archive for a full history of news.

  • July 10, 2015

    Terry Fox-funded researchers are key members of a Canadian team to have launched the world’s first clinical trial of a new therapy that uses a combination of two viruses to attack and kill cancer cells, and stimulate an anti-cancer immune response. Previous research by this team and others worldwide suggests that this approach could be very powerful, and could have fewer side effects than conventional chemotherapy and radiation.

  • June 10, 2015

    The TFRI Prairie Node Symposium Day took place on June 9, 2015 in Winnipeg, MB. Nearly 100 people attended the event, hosted by Prairies Node leader Dr. Jim Davie. Dr. Sean Egan (Hospital for Sick Children) gave the keynote speech on modelling metastatic breast cancer. Photos from the event are now available on the Prairies Node page.

  • June 08, 2015

    The Ontario legislature has completed third reading of a bill calling for the second Sunday after Labour Day to be designated Terry Fox Day. Ontario MPP (Scarborough) Soo Wong introduced the private member's bill last year and has earned support from all parties. Read more on this story from

  • June 03, 2015

    The Canadian Cancer Society has released data showing an expected rise in the number of cancer cases over the next 15 years. The society's annual Canadian Cancer Statistics report, released at the end of May, states that the large rise in cases will be largely due to an aging Canadian population. The risk of developing cancer is expected drop slightly for men and increase slightly for women. Read the full news story.

  • May 27, 2015

    The Fox family have enlisted the head of credit union Vancity to investigate options for a centre to honour Terry Fox and to display the thousands of artifacts from his Marathon of Hope. The proposed centre would also share with the public the cancer research legacy that has developed in the 35 years since Terry's run. Full news story.

  • May 26, 2015

    The TFRI Prairie Node Symposium Day will take place on June 9, 2015 in Winnipeg, MB. Dr. Sean Egan (Hospital for Sick Children) will deliver the keynote speech on modelling metastatic breast cancer. For the full agenda, download the symposium program. Visit the Prairie Node page for more information on the Prairie Node and to download their Research Directory.

  • May 12, 2015

    Over 200 researchers enjoyed warm Newfoundland hospitality when they attended TFRI's 6th Annual Scientific Meeting in St. John's Newfoundland. See the ASM page for more Images from the event.

  • April 23, 2015

    Ottawa, ON -- Terry Fox-funded researcher, Dr. Jean-Simon Diallo and his colleagues at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute have discovered that compounds that disrupt our cells’ inner skeleton (called microtubule-destabilizing agents) can greatly enhance oncolytic virus cancer therapy in mouse and cell culture models.

  • April 22, 2015

    The Terry Fox Research Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its cancer research programs for 2015-2016 funded by the Terry Fox Foundation. Please check the Research section of the website for further details on competitions for The Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project Grants, The Terry Fox New Investigator Awards and The Terry Fox Research Institute’s Translational Projects.

  • April 20, 2015

    Ottawa, ON -- Terry Fox funded researchers in Ottawa have found a way to make pancreatic cancer cells more vulnerable to cancer-killing viruses, known as oncolytic viruses. In a paper published today in Nature Medicine, the scientists describe how they can exploit the communication, or cross-talk, between pancreatic cancer and a specific cell type that supports the tumour.