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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...

Happy New Year!

This is a great opportunity for me to start the New Year with my first blog posting. Having been with the BC Cancer Foundation for a little over six months now, I can say with all honesty how impressed I am every day by the talent, skill and dedication of the scientists and researchers, and the high standard of care that is given to cancer patients in our province. I’m also amazed by the generosity of our donors who help fund this research and care. Thank you all for your support throughout the past year. But it’s the patients and survivors whose stories inspire the work we at the Foundation...

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