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Genomics saves West Vancouver woman’s life after facing aggressive ovarian cancer

Every three and a half hours, another woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Canada. In B.C, more than 300 women will be diagnosed with a form of ovarian cancer this year.

In the winter of 2014, this statistic included West Vancouver’s Candy Woodworth.

At her weekly Pilates class, Candy noticed she felt uncomfortable when doing a routine exercise. She went back to...

Pediatric Personalized Medicine Project and facing important questions

A short while ago, Dr. Aly Karsan blogged about the personalized medicine project. I am also involved in this project, but with a focus in pediatrics. The goal of the project is to probe the genomes, or DNA, of some of the most challenging childhood cancers known, to look at very high risk patients, sequence genomes of the...

The Personalized Medicine Project (PMP)

Right now, cancer treatment is predominantly a one-size-fits-all approach. Cancer patients may undergo multiple courses of treatments until the right one for them is found. As you can imagine, this can cause added stress for patients and their families, as well as the pressure of time—which not all patients can afford to lose.

One of the ideas behind personalized medicine is to...

Inspiration Gala raises over $1.5 million to revolutionize cancer care in B.C.

Last night, our seventh Inspiration Gala proved to be an amazing evening. Thanks to the 400 guests who attended the Moroccan- and Indian-inspired event, we raised over $1.5 million to support the Personalized Medicine Project at the BC Cancer Agency – it was truly inspiring.

I would like to extend a big thank you and congratulations to our Inspiration Gala...

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