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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...

BC scientists develop new drug candidate for prostate cancer

June 15, 2010, Vancouver, B.C. – Scientists in B.C. have developed a unique experimental drug, EPI-001, that shrinks prostate cancer tumours in the lab. The breakthrough came from the research groups of Dr. Marianne Sadar, Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and Dr. Raymond Andersen, Professor, University of British Columbia. EPI-001 targets...

BMO Financial Group helps patients and families affected by cancer on Vancouver Island

Gift of $125,000 directed to BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign
June 14, 2010, Victoria, B.C. - BMO Financial Group announces a donation of $125,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign. This gift will help support the creation of the BMO Relaxation and Exercise Studio in the newly renovated area of the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. This space will provide a customized area for special exercise classes, which will benefit...

BC Cancer Foundation receives $1 million gift from Roche Canada to expand BC Cancer Agency’s research capacity across B.C.

Funds will support leading research activities at Agency’s Vancouver and Vancouver Island Centres
May 18, 2010, Vancouver, B.C. - The BC Cancer Foundation today announced a $1 million gift from leading pharmaceutical manufacturer, Roche Canada (Hoffmann-La Roche) that will enable the BC Cancer Agency to significantly enhance and expand its research activity in two key areas over the next five years. Roche Canada will donate $500,000 each to the Agency’s Tumour Tissue Repository (TTR), based...

Bob Mehr Compounding Pharmacies Donates $50,000 to Inspire the World

Gift to BC Cancer Foundation campaign will help cancer patients and their families
May 11, 2010, Victoria, B.C. - Customers, staff and guests were on hand at Cook Street Village’s Pharmasave today to celebrate a $50,000 gift to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign from Bob Mehr Compounding Pharmacies. “As a pharmacist, I see numerous cancer patients a day,” said Mehr, owner of 12 pharmacies in B.C. “I believe it is crucial that patients and their families feel...

Big cancer message delivered in giant underwear

Joggers in enormous undies launch BC Cancer Foundation's Underwear Affair
April 15, 2010, Vancouver, B.C. - Lunchtime crowds were treated to a brief spectacle today as teams of runners dressed in little more than oversized underwear raced around the Vancouver Art Gallery building to kick off the BC Cancer Foundation’s 2010 Underwear Affair® presented by Mark’s Work Wearhouse. The BC Cancer Foundation’s 5th annual Underwear Affair takes place on July 10th, to raise...

BC Cancer Agency researchers find presence of macrophages (scavenger cells) can predict treatment outcome in Hodgkin lymphoma

March 10, 2010, Vancouver, B.C. - New research published today in the New England Journal of Medicine sheds new light on which Hodgkin lymphoma patients are likely to relapse after receiving treatment. BC Cancer Agency researchers have discovered that the number of macrophages – a type of white blood cell that normally scavenges foreign material – found in a patient’s tumour had a strong...

Scientists generate promising new model for predicting how individual lung tumours will respond to different drugs

February 23, 2010, Vancouver, B.C. - Scientists at the BC Cancer Agency and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have generated a promising new method that may one day aid oncologists in the faster identification of which chemotherapy regimens may be useful for treating a particular patient’s non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and which are unlikely to be effective. The results of their...

Norgaard Foundation's $250,000 donation to Inspire the World lifts capital campaign over $5 million threshold

Gift to BC Cancer Foundation will support cancer patients and their families
February 2, 2010, Victoria, B.C. - The Norgaard Foundation, a private family foundation based in Sidney, B.C. today announced a donation of $250,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World capital campaign. The gift helped kick off the campaign’s 2010 fundraising year and carried it past the $ 5 million threshold, halfway to its $10 million goal. The Inspire the World campaign was...

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