Types of cancer

There are many different types of cancer, but here we will focus on two types that can be treated by immunotherapy: non-small cell lung cancer and skin melanoma.

Types of cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

Lung cancer

How common is lung cancer?

In 2017, nearly 29,000 Canadians were diagnosed with lung cancer, which represented 14% of all new cancer cases that year. On average, 78 Canadians were diagnosed with lung cancer every day in 2017.

Skin melanoma



Asymmetry: one side of the mole has a different shape than the other


Border: the edge of the mole is irregular


Colour: the mole has more than one colour


Diameter: the mole is larger than 6 mm (1/4 inch) across


Evolving: the mole has changed in size, shape, colour or feel. The mole could also be itchy, ooze, bleed or you may have a burning or tingling feeling.

How common is skin melanoma?

If you’ve been diagnosed with skin melanoma, you’re not alone. In 2017, approximately 7200 Canadians were diagnosed with skin melanoma.


Cancer treatment, at a glance

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