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Another exciting breakthrough in Lymphoma research

Wow! The BC Cancer Agency announced another breakthrough out of its Centre for Lymphoid Cancer – you may have read it this morning on the front page of the Vancouver Sun . The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine , and shows a promising new tool in predicting treatment outcomes for patients with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Hodgkin Lymphoma mainly affects young adults, and has a good survival rate – with about 75 to 85 per cent of patients cured in their initial treatment. But, the other approximately 25 per cent of Hodgkin patients will experience a relapse. And about half of...

Fashion meets philanthropy – top model search launched today

Today we officially launched the ITM Model Look North America 2010 , and BC Cancer Foundation is pleased to be the charity partner for the second year in a row! We’re really grateful to CHMB AM1320 radio and to ITM Model Look Corp. for their partnership – they are so supportive of what we do. This event is not only a contest to find the top new models in North America, it’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the BC Cancer Agency and the BC Cancer Foundation within the Asian community. All ticket sales to the contest finals and from the Glamour Gala Dinner that follows will support...

Colorectal cancer awareness

March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and since colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death, it’s certainly an important cancer to be aware of. Often, colorectal cancer is diagnosed at a later stage, when it is harder to treat. But if it’s detected early, the survival rate for colorectal cancer is over 90 per cent. This is why the BC Cancer Agency and the province launched a pilot screening program in Penticton and Powell River called Colon Check. Residents there aged 50 – 74 who do not currently have any symptoms can get an...

New hope for lung cancer patients

BC Cancer Agency researchers have had another breakthrough, which will be published online today by the international journal Clinical Cancer Research . The study focuses on faster identification of chemotherapy treatments which are most likely to be successful for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (as well as identifying the ones that are less likely to be successful). The study was led by BC Cancer Agency Senior Scientist Dr. Yuzhuo Wang , whose team used one patient’s lung tumour sample to observe the response to three different chemotherapy regimens. They obtained results in six to...

Up close and personal with tigers

As we prepare to celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Tiger, I thought it seemed like a good time to draw your attention to a very cool opportunity to observe tigers up close and personal while benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. Last year, our friends at Indus Travels launched an Indian cuisine tour with Vikram Vij that benefited the BC Cancer Foundation. The event was so successful that Indus has decided to launch a second tour – Tiger Trekking in India. Now this is truly going to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. For 13 days you will travel through India’s great game...

February 4th is World Cancer Day

As the title suggests, today is World Cancer Day – aimed at raising awareness of cancer, and encouraging its prevention, detection and treatment. Many of us know that in British Columbia we are lucky to have the lowest cancer incidence, and the lowest cancer mortality rates in Canada – no doubt due partly to the BC Cancer Agency and its model of population-based cancer control that ensures that no matter where you live in B.C. you receive the same high standard of cancer care, treatment and support. But did you also know that the BC Cancer Agency has one of the leading cancer prevention...

More inspiring news

Last September, the BC Cancer Foundation launched the Inspire the World campaign on Vancouver Island. Our goal is to raise $10 million for the renovation and construction of 10,000 square feet of space at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. The new space will include a state-of-the-art patient support centre, a predictive cancer research centre and a radiation innovation wing. When it’s complete, the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre will provide cancer care, supportive care and cancer research all under one roof. Today, we announced another significant gift to the...

Better cancer care, closer to home in the Southern Interior

Today was the official opening of the new and improved radiation therapy treatment unit and a brachytherapy suite in the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior. This is really important because we know that the further a patient has to travel for their care, the more stressful it is, and the larger the financial burden it places on them and their family. And until the new BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North opens in 2012, the Southern Interior continues seeing patients for radiation therapy from everywhere in the province outside of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. For...

It’s a brand new Weekend

We officially launched the 2010 Weekend to End Women’s Cancers this week, and I’m excited that this year, it’s a brand new Weekend. Let me tell you why. You may have noticed that the name has changed. The Weekend to End Breast Cancer has been the most successful fundraising event for breast cancer research in B.C. history. We’ve raised over $16 million for breast cancer research and programs at the BC Cancer Agency – which led to a ground-breaking research discovery just a few months ago. We are on the right path. Launching the new Weekend at Sinclair Centre in Vancouver But researchers have...

Another research discovery – new clues to lymphoma

More exciting news from the BC Cancer Agency today – following two recent breakthroughs in ovarian and breast cancer, BC Cancer Agency researchers have now discovered a never before seen mutation in the two most common types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma. You can read the official news release here , or the scientific article in Nature Genetics here but let me explain it to you in simpler terms. First of all, this is a groundbreaking discovery and a timely one, because lymphoma is the fifth most common cancer and unfortunately, the fastest...

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