When discussing the intersection of cancer and creativity, what could fit better than creative cancer research. The Canadian Cancer Society has just announced funding for 23 projects that use risky or even counter-intuitive approaches. For example, one project will take the approach of feeding tumours to control them rather than taking the conventional view of starving the tumours. Another project will use sea lampreys to discover new tools for diagnosing multiple myeloma and other kinds of cancer.
As the Society says on their website: All 23 new projects include elements of creativity, curiosity, investigation, exploration and opportunity.
You can read more details here.
Kudos to the Canadian Cancer Society for taking this approach in an era of reduced and fearful funding.