More than 190,000 Canadians and 1,600,000 Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. On average, over 1,800 people die from cancer every day in North America. Research in cancer biology and anti-cancer drugs around the world continues to shed light on how cancer develops and ways to combat this devastating disease. Although chances of survival are improving due to advances in detection and treatment, patients still suffer from many unwanted side effects resulting from the toxic anti-cancer drugs. New forms of anti-cancer drugs that are effective in killing malignant cells but are safe for normal tissues are urgently needed.