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BC Cancer Agency seeks student researchers

Applications open for summer internship program at Deeley Research Centre
February 11, 2011, Victoria, BC – Brad Nelson, head of the Deeley Research Centre at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre, had lunch at Oxford University recently with a young woman named Kayli Johnson. They had first met in 2004 when Kayli worked as a high school student intern in Dr. Nelson’s lab. Today Kayli is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, one of only 82 graduate students worldwide...

Southern Interior residents invited to take part in major cancer prevention study

January 5, 2011, Kelowna, BC – The BC Generations Project came to the Southern Interior this morning, and with it came a call for local residents aged 35 to 69 to contribute to the health of future British Columbians by taking part in the largest cancer prevention study in Canadian history. The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, launched the project in 2009...

B.C.’s cancer survival rates bode well in international comparison

December 21, 2010, Vancouver, BC – B.C. has encouraging survival outcomes in breast and ovarian cancer, taking top rank in a comprehensive data study that compares 12 jurisdictions from six nations with similar wealth and universal access to healthcare. In addition, B.C. colorectal and lung cancer patients have seen considerable increases in survival over the past decade. “Cancer survival is a...

Record $2.6 million raised at BC Cancer Foundation's Inspiration Gala

Funds will launch world-first lymphoma research project at BC Cancer Agency
October 29, 2010, Vancouver, BC – The capacity crowd of 400 dinner guests had philanthropy on their minds last night as they donated a record $2.6 million to the BC Cancer Foundation at its 2010 Inspiration Gala , sponsored by Teck Resources Limited. The proceeds will fund a major new research study of lymphoma, one of the fastest-growing and now the fourth most common cancer in B.C. and North...

Kennametal Foundation will help patients better navigate their cancer journey

Gift of $15,000 directed to BC Cancer Foundation's Inspire the World campaign
October 14, 2010, Victoria, BC – The Kennametal Foundation announced a donation of $15,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign. This gift will help support the Patient Navigation Program in the future Patient and Family Support Centre at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. The Vancouver Island Centre currently has an outstanding cancer treatment clinic and...

League Assets Corp. donation will help families of cancer patients

Gift of $50,000 donated to BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign
October 6, 2010, Victoria, B.C. - BC Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce a donation of $50,000 from League Assets Corp. to its Inspire the World campaign. The campaign will fund a 10,000 square feet construction and renovation project to create a state-of-the-art patient and family support centre, a predictive cancer research centre and a radiation innovation wing at the BC Cancer Agency’s...

PET/CT Program Gets Major Boost With New Facility

September 27, 2010, Vancouver, BC – The official opening of a new $15-million radiopharmaceutical facility brings the production of radiotracers used in PET/CT scans to the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Centre. The 557-square-metre (6,000-square-foot) radiopharmaceutical facility – with the most advanced cyclotron at its core – has the capacity to provide radiotracers for up to six PET/CT scanners...

Ovarian cancer researchers request practice changes to protect against ovarian cancer

VANCOUVER, BC - Gynecologic oncologists with the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and the BC Cancer Agency have begun an important campaign that will reduce deaths from ovarian cancer. They are asking all BC gynecologists to change surgical practice to fully remove the fallopian tube when performing hysterectomy or tubal ligation. Current practice leaves the...

1,110 participants begin day two of $2.4 million, 60-km Weekend Walk BC Cancer Foundation’s 7th annual fundraiser a signature success

August 15, 2010, Vancouver, BC - The BC Cancer Foundation announced yesterday that 1,100 participants raised over $2.4 million in its seventh annual Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers™ , the Foundation’s signature, 60-km walk to support cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. The eighth annual Weekend to End Women’s Cancers is already planned for August 13-14, 2011. Walkers set...

Personalized genome sequencing in cancer treatment—a major breakthrough in care

August 9, 2010, Vancouver, BC – Researchers at the BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre have provided the first published example of genome-scale RNA and DNA sequencing of a tumour to aid in clinical decision making and therapeutic choice. Published today in the journal Genome Biology, the research focuses on a rare tumour of the tongue, which had progressed to metastatic disease. The rarity...

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