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Scientists generate promising new model for predicting how individual lung tumours will respond to different drugs

February 23, 2010, Vancouver, B.C. - Scientists at the BC Cancer Agency and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have generated a promising new method that may one day aid oncologists in the faster identification of which chemotherapy regimens may be useful for treating a particular patient’s non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and which are unlikely to be effective. The results of their...

Norgaard Foundation's $250,000 donation to Inspire the World lifts capital campaign over $5 million threshold

Gift to BC Cancer Foundation will support cancer patients and their families
February 2, 2010, Victoria, B.C. - The Norgaard Foundation, a private family foundation based in Sidney, B.C. today announced a donation of $250,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World capital campaign. The gift helped kick off the campaign’s 2010 fundraising year and carried it past the $ 5 million threshold, halfway to its $10 million goal. The Inspire the World campaign was...

BC Cancer Agency scientists unlock clues to lymphoma

Researchers at BC Cancer Agency identify one of the most frequently mutated single genes in the fastest growing cancer in North America
January 18, 2010, Vancouver, B.C. - Scientists from the BC Cancer Agency have discovered a never before seen DNA spelling mistake, or mutation, in a gene called EZH2 in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma, the two most common types of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. This groundbreaking discovery, which was published online on January 17 in the prestigious international science journal...

$1.27 million raised at BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspiration Gala “with a little help from our friends”

Funds will support colorectal cancer research at BC Cancer Agency
October 23, 2009, Vancouver, B.C. - The 2009 Inspiration Gala raised $1.27 million for the BC Cancer Foundation and colorectal cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency last night, as nearly 400 guests dined and donated during the emotion-filled, sold-out event. The Gala , emceed by CTV news anchor Pamela Martin, was held at Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer Station, which was transformed into a winter...

Thrifty Foods joins campaign to Inspire the World

Donation to BC Cancer Foundation capital campaign will build Patient Information Library for cancer patients and their families
October 22, 2009, Victoria, B.C. - Thrifty Foods has announced a donation of $300,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign to establish the Thrifty Foods Patient Information Library in the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. Over 4,000 people are diagnosed with cancer on Vancouver Island each year. Newly-diagnosed patients and their network of friends, family members...

Major breast cancer breakthrough announced at BC Cancer Agency

BC scientists first in world to decode genetic evolution of a breast cancer tumour.
October 7, 2009, Vancouver, B.C., Canada – For the first time in history, BC Cancer Agency scientists in British Columbia, Canada have decoded all of the three billion letters in the DNA sequence of a metastatic lobular breast cancer tumour, a type of breast cancer which accounts for about 10 per cent of all breast cancers, and have found all of the mutations, or “spelling” mistakes that caused...

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