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Leading-edge VERO™ Installed at BC Cancer Agency

Vancouver, B.C. – The generosity of 4,000 BC Cancer Foundation donors has made a major milestone in cancer care possible with the installation of the leading-edge VERO™ treatment system at the BC Cancer Agency. VERO, the most cutting-edge radiotherapy technology installed in Canada, will soon benefit patients diagnosed with rare and hard-to-treat cancers and improve the standard of cancer care in...

B.C. Donors bring Cancer Treatment Lab to Life

VICTORIA, B.C. – An entirely new approach to cancer treatment is one step closer to the clinic with today’s opening of Canada’s most innovative lab for T cell therapy development at the BC Cancer Agency. Built 100 per cent with philanthropic funds , the Conconi Family Immunotherapy Lab forms the hub of custom immunotherapy treatment production for cancer patients across B.C. Inside the brand new...

$49.3 million advances cancer research and care in B.C.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – At the Annual General Meeting, the BC Cancer Foundation announced $49.3 million raised for the BC Cancer Agency this year: the result of 95,000 generous individuals. Funds raised allowed the Foundation to invest a record amount into research and enhancements to care this year with donors advancing more than 400 research projects at the BC Cancer Agency. The impact is felt by...

Why Biology Matters When it comes to Conquering Breast Cancer

Building on the world’s largest breast cancer study, BC Cancer Agency scientists map the relationship between cancer mutations and clinical outcomes in 2,433 women. Dr. Samuel Aparicio co-led a study with Dr. Carlos Caldas from Cancer Research UK and these teams have shown that what lies beneath the surface is critical as no two breast cancers are alike when you dig deeper. Building on a landmark...

Pre-Detecting Prostate Cancer Treatment Resistance through a Simple Blood Test

Dr. Kim Chi, medical oncologist and senior scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, and his colleagues at the Vancouver Prostate Centre, have demonstrated the clinical value of performing genomic profiling through non-invasive blood tests to benefit patients undergoing treatment for metastatic prostate cancer. The findings, published in JAMA Oncology , prove that a blood test can provide critical...

Scientists map the spread of deadliest ovarian cancer

Vancouver – BC Cancer Agency researchers are providing critical insight into the invasive spread of the most malignant form of ovarian cancer in a landmark study, published today in Nature Genetics . This is a first in mapping two distinct patterns of ovarian cancer cell migration in high grade serous ovarian cancer. Dr. Sohrab Shah The discovery, led by Dr. Sohrab Shah, senior scientist at the...

BC Cancer Foundation Welcomes Sarah Roth as President & CEO

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The BC Cancer Foundation Board of Directors has appointed Sarah Roth as President & CEO, effective April 18, 2016. Sarah Roth joins the Foundation with an extensive twenty-year career in fundraising and a track record of success. Sarah Roth, BC Cancer Foundation President & CEO “On behalf of the BC Cancer Foundation Board, I welcome Sarah to the team. We are thrilled to...

Researchers Find Cause of Rare Gastric Cancer

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Today, families around the world have answers as to what’s causing a long history of stomach cancer. The international study involved BC Cancer Agency researchers and has discovered the genetic cause of a rare gastric condition that can lead to stomach cancer. The team, including Dr. David Huntsman, Distinguished Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency and Professor in the Departments...

$325,000 Raised at 2016 Workout to Conquer Cancer™

RICHMOND, B.C. – Hundreds of participants took to the gym floor on Saturday April 2 nd to Workout to Conquer Cancer TM , raising an inspiring $325,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation. The funds will support priority cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency, kick-starting projects with the most promise to dramatically improve cancer outcomes. In four years, Workout has raised an incredible $1.3...

Lose the Booze™ Raises Over $62,000 for Cancer Research

With the pop of a cork, Booze Losers across the province are rejoicing. After going alcohol-free for 29 days in February, participants in BC Cancer Foundation’s Lose the Booze are ready to break their happy hour ban and put the dry month behind them. Over 230 people from across B.C. traded their wine for water and pints for pop and fundraised an amazing $62,137 in the process, which will directly...

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