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Clarifying the Candida-cancer connection

By Greg Basky Posted: May 26, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Graduate student Easter Ndlovu is exploring the connection between cancer and Candida and hopes her work could eventually pave the way for treatments that prevent the fungus from killing immunocompromised patients.
Graduate student Easter Ndlovu is exploring the connection between cancer and Candida and hopes her work could eventually pave the way for treatments that prevent the fungus from killing immunocompromised patients. Photo: stock

Because cancer patients' immune systems are weakened by chemotherapy, they are more susceptible to bacterial and yeast infections. Studies have found that up to 80 per cent of cancer patients who pick up a microbial infection while in the hospital receiving treatment die not from the cancer their body is battling, but from the microbial infection.

Easter Ndlovu, a doctoral candidate in the University of Regina's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is exploring the connection between cancer and one of the most common forms of yeast infection. Her work could eventually pave the way for treatments that prevent the fungus from killing immunocompromised patients.

Read more about Ndlovu’s work in the story, “Clarifying the Candida-cancer connection,” found in newest edition of Discourse, the University of Regina’s research magazine.