NB-led researches get $5 million from Terry Fox Research Institute for cancer study

(CP) - A New Brunswick led team has been awarded $5 million from the Terry Fox Research Institute to find better treatments for people with an incurable form of cancer known as multiple myeloma.

Dr. Tony Reiman, an oncologist and professor at the University of New Brunswick, will lead the team of researchers in about a dozen centres across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

Multiple myeloma is found primarily in the bones and bone marrow.

Reiman says while many patients do well with their first treatments, remaining cells tend to mutate and cause a more severe relapse.

Dr. Victor Ling, president of the Terry Fox Research Institute says they hope to give patients a longer life and hopefully one day, a cure.

About 250 patients will participate in the five-year study.