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Cancer Research in BC Celebrates a Decade of Discovery

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Cancer Agency Research Centre celebrates its tenth birthday and a decade of discovery from its labs. “From humble roots as a basement lab to a state of the art facility that has helped develop treatments that have saved countless lives, together we celebrate 10 years of the BC Cancer Agency’s Research Centre,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “The work conducted through...

BC Cancer Foundation Announces $52.2 Million for Life-saving Cancer Research in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Cancer Foundation announced $52.2 million raised in support of life-saving cancer research. Through the generosity of 100,000 British Columbians the Foundation is the largest funder of cancer research in B.C., supporting breakthrough discoveries that result in life-saving advancements for those facing cancer. “This year, our donors rallied with overwhelming support to...

Significant childhood cancer discovery made by scientists at the BC Cancer Agency

Vancouver B.C. – Research published today by scientists at the BC Cancer Agency in Cancer Cell brings new hope for the treatment of high-risk childhood sarcomas – a type of cancer that has seen almost no treatment improvement in the last 20 years in spite of intense research efforts. Sarcomas are malignant – meaning they are cancerous – tumors of the connective tissues, including bones and...

$360,000 Raised at Workout to Conquer Cancer

Vancouver, B.C. – the BC Cancer Foundation’s Workout to Conquer Cancer will power life-saving cancer research with $360,000 raised through the day-long fitness challenge. Five-hundred men and women converged to sweat-it-out in the most meaningful workout of their lives. In three years, Workout has raised an incredible $1,050,000 providing researchers at the BC Cancer Agency with the platforms,...

BC Cancer Agency’s POG Program leads to a unique breakthrough in a patient’s treatment

Vancouver, B.C. – The Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG) Program at the BC Cancer Agency has identified a life-altering treatment option for a patient with advanced cancer. POG has given Trish Keating a new reason to hope as the genomic sequencing of her aggressive colorectal cancer identified a unique protein function at play. This critical detail pointed to an outside-of-the-box treatment option...

BC Cancer Agency researcher—inspired by her own family cancer experience—leads study to help those at risk of deadly hereditary stomach cancer

VANCOUVER, B.C . BC Cancer Agency researchers publish important, life-saving findings in the inaugural JAMA Oncology that will immediately impact the care for families around the world at risk of developing a deadly hereditary gastric cancer. The study, supported by the BC Cancer Foundation and led by co-authors Samantha Hansford and Pardeep Kaurah of the BC Cancer Agency and University of...

BC Cancer Foundation raises $6.5 million to secure first-in-Canada treatment technology at the BC Cancer Agency

Vancouver, BC – The BC Cancer Foundation has reached its $6.5-million fundraising target to purchase a state-of-the-art Vero™ machine to benefit cancer patients across B.C. The technologically-advanced radiotherapy system will be the first machine of its kind in Canada, as renovations get underway to accommodate the new treatment delivery system at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre. “We are...

BC Cancer Agency Researchers Co-Lead $60 Million National Initiative for Innovative Cancer Treatments

VANCOUVER – BC Cancer Agency researchers will play a key role in the first Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) devoted to cancer research, announced today with a $25 million commitment from the Government of Canada and an additional $35 million from partners across the country. The NCE, called BioCanRX, will focus on the development of new biotherapeutics – therapies derived from biological...

BC Cancer Agency scientists make internationally significant discovery, mapping the evolution of breast cancer ‘avatars’

Vancouver – A just-published paper in the prestigious journal Nature highlights how researchers at the BC Cancer Agency are using human breast cancer ‘avatars’ — models of human breast cancers — to measure how complex cancers develop and change over time. The research is unprecedented because it uses single cancer cells to expose how breast cancers evolve and how to identify the cell populations...

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