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$52 million advances cancer research and care in B.C.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – At its Annual General Meeting, the BC Cancer Foundation announced $52 million raised for the BC Cancer Agency this year – an inspiring amount made possible by close to 100,000 generous British Columbians. Funds raised have allowed the Foundation to invest a record amount into research and enhancements to care, as donor support advanced more than 396 research projects at the BC...

$5 million fundraising initiative announced to bring PET/CT technology to Kelowna

KELOWNA, B.C. – The BC Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce a $5 million fundraising initiative to bring a PET/CT scanner to the BC Cancer Agency’s Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior. With more than 5,000 new cancer diagnoses expected this year in the region, the time to bring this essential diagnostic tool to Kelowna is now. Each year, more than 900 patients must travel...

Fifth annual Workout to Conquer Cancer raises $275,000 toward critical cancer research and care

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Hundreds of British Columbians united for the month of May to exercise every day, raising an inspiring $275,000, benefitting the BC Cancer Foundation. These funds will support critical cancer research and enhancements to care at BC Cancer that will allow clinicians to better detect, diagnose and treat cancer for the 77,000 British Columbians facing the disease this year. In five...

BC scientists uncover new subtypes of ovarian cancer with new potential treatment strategies

Vancouver – BC Cancer Agency scientists have uncovered seven new subtypes of ovarian cancer, which could result in new treatment strategies for some ovarian cancer patients including those that do not respond well to chemotherapy. The discovery, published in Nature Genetics , analyzed the genetic information of more than 100 ovarian cancer patients in order to identify abnormalities in the DNA of...

Wedgewood Hotel’s Frank Giustra Cooks event raises $247,500 toward brain cancer research and care

Vancouver, B.C. – Hosted last evening at Bacchus Restaurant in Vancouver’s Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Frank Giustra Cooks brought together culinary ingenuity and philanthropy to raise a total of $247,500 toward The Eleni Skalbania Fund for Brain Cancer, benefitting the BC Cancer Foundation. At the sold-out, intimate culinary experience, guests of Frank Giustra Cooks enjoyed a cocktail reception...

BC Cancer Agency improving services and patient-centered care for Fraser Valley

Surrey, B.C. – BC Cancer Agency’s Fraser Valley Centre is expanding with a new chemotherapy unit, more research space and enhanced patient-focused services to improve cancer care for patients and families in the Fraser Valley region. The expansion will increase chemotherapy treatment chair capacity by 28 per cent – with an average extra 4,300 patient visits for a total of 15,000 visits per year...

BC Cancer Foundation and Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation announce new Chair in Lung Cancer Research and $1.5M gift

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Cancer Foundation and the Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation today announce the official recipient of its first Chair in Lung Cancer Research, Dr. Stephen Lam, who is the chair of the Provincial Lung Tumour Group and director of the MDS-Rix Early Lung Cancer Detection and Translational Research Program at the BC Cancer Agency. Dr. Lam’s new title is bolstered by a $1.5-...

Two BC Cancer Agency drug discoveries identified as novel treatment options for patients with breast cancer

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Two exciting drug discoveries have been made at the BC Cancer Agency by Dr. Sam Aparicio, head of the Department of Breast and Molecular Oncology, and his team. Both discoveries are opening up new approaches to targeting cancers more specifically, by exploiting mutations present in cancer cells that are not present in normal cells. The first discovery, which has already led to a...

CBC The Nature of Things documentary features BC Cancer Agency Personalized Onco-Genomics program

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A revolutionary precision medicine trial funded by BC Cancer Foundation donors takes the spotlight in a CBC documentary that aired Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. Zuri Scrivens, cancer survivor with Dr. Janessa Laskin The Nature of Things documentary, Cracking Cancer , recounts the journey of seven cancer patients at the BC Cancer Agency as they take part in the Personalized Onco...

BC Cancer Agency researchers to be part of Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge helping to answer cancer’s biggest questions

VANCOUVER, B.C. – BC Cancer Agency researcher – Dr. Sam Aparicio – has been announced as a member of one of the first global research teams to be recipients of Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge aims to help overcome the biggest challenges facing cancer research in a global effort to beat cancer sooner. The winning projects are set to revolutionize our understanding of...

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