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 this province.

BC Cancer Foundation donors responded in record speed in late 2014, providing an incredible $6.5 million to purchase VERO and help bring the most advanced radiation therapy system to the BC Cancer Agency.

VERO delivers precise radiation to a tumour with tumour tracking abilities to avoid the healthy tissue surrounding it, giving new hope to patients diagnosed with the most typically hard-to-treat cancers: lung, liver, pancreas, kidney and brain.

Watch a time-lapsed video of the full VERO installation:

BC Cancer Foundation VERO Installation summer 2016-TY from BC Cancer Foundation on Vimeo.

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The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge.  As the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia. We fund with the goal of finding solutions. Visit www.bccancerfoundation.com to make a donation or to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.

 

The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.ca.