What is Fluorescence?

Full disclosure: I’m writing this because I painted my nails an amazing fluorescent orange, and it made me curious… TL;DR: It’s UV rays! Now for the science. Non-fluorescent vision When light hits an object, the object absorbs some of the light and reflects the rest. Our eyes pick up what is reflected through cone cells…

Lymphomas and Leukemias: What’s the Difference?

Cancer, despite being responsible for 1 in 6 deaths in 2015, is often misunderstood. Cancer is actually an umbrella term for many different diseases which share one characteristic: “The growth of abnormal cells beyond their usual boundaries that can then invade adjoining parts of the body and/or spread to other organs” – WHO 2017. Cancers…

Glioblastoma: Jessica’s Story (Guest Post)

Hello, my name is Jessica. Who am I? I am a mother of 2 young boys, under 5, but this isn’t about them. I’m just a proud mother. I’ll be 30 this year, and, unfortunately, on top of all that I have brain cancer. A grade IV glioblastoma to be exact. What were my symptoms?…

Cancer Factsheet: Glioblastoma and the Need for Targeted Cancer Therapies

What is Glioblastoma? Glioblastoma is the most common and aggressive form of brain tumour. It is an extremely fast-growing cancer which has no known cure. Glioblastomas are named for the cells they form in; glial cells. Though the brain is best known for having billions of neurons, 90% of brain matter is made from glial…