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Are you ready to Ride?

Just under two months from now, thousands of riders will be cycling from Vancouver to Seattle in the BC Cancer Foundation’s second annual Ride to Conquer Cancer . Last year, I had joined the Foundation just before the Ride , so this year I am really looking forward to cycling with everyone. I know one of the questions you may be asked is “Where does the money go?”, so I want to tell you about a few of the projects, platforms and people we are supporting through last year’s Ride . BC Cancer Agency’s Centre of Excellence for Functional Cancer Imaging Led by Dr. François Bénard, who holds the BC...

Lymphoma Cancer Education

Last month, I told you about an exciting breakthrough in lymphoma research. I mentioned that lymphoma is the fastest growing cancer in North America and the fifth most common cancer in Canada – with an estimated 1,000 new cases diagnosed every year in B.C. Which is why more and more people who are living with lymphoma need ongoing support. So if you or someone you know is a lymphoma patient, caregiver or supporter, tell them about the BC Cancer Agency’s Lymphoid Cancer Education Forum , supported by the BC Cancer Foundation. The session will be beneficial for anyone with non-Hodgkin lymphoma...

April is cancer awareness month

It’s April 1 st – cancer awareness month. But aren’t we all aware of cancer? It now touches more than one in three of us – I know I rarely meet with someone who hasn’t had a powerful cancer story to share. This month, I want to raise awareness about the positive side of cancer – about the tremendous progress that has been made in cancer research and care, right here where we live, in B.C. Here are ten reasons why we can all feel optimistic: 1. Cancer is becoming a chronic, not fatal, disease. New treatments are being developed that enable people to manage their cancer and continue to lead...

Another exciting breakthrough in Lymphoma research

Wow! The BC Cancer Agency announced another breakthrough out of its Centre for Lymphoid Cancer – you may have read it this morning on the front page of the Vancouver Sun . The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine , and shows a promising new tool in predicting treatment outcomes for patients with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Hodgkin Lymphoma mainly affects young adults, and has a good survival rate – with about 75 to 85 per cent of patients cured in their initial treatment. But, the other approximately 25 per cent of Hodgkin patients will experience a relapse. And about half of...

Fashion meets philanthropy – top model search launched today

Today we officially launched the ITM Model Look North America 2010 , and BC Cancer Foundation is pleased to be the charity partner for the second year in a row! We’re really grateful to CHMB AM1320 radio and to ITM Model Look Corp. for their partnership – they are so supportive of what we do. This event is not only a contest to find the top new models in North America, it’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the BC Cancer Agency and the BC Cancer Foundation within the Asian community. All ticket sales to the contest finals and from the Glamour Gala Dinner that follows will support...

Colorectal cancer awareness

March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and since colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death, it’s certainly an important cancer to be aware of. Often, colorectal cancer is diagnosed at a later stage, when it is harder to treat. But if it’s detected early, the survival rate for colorectal cancer is over 90 per cent. This is why the BC Cancer Agency and the province launched a pilot screening program in Penticton and Powell River called Colon Check. Residents there aged 50 – 74 who do not currently have any symptoms can get an...

New hope for lung cancer patients

BC Cancer Agency researchers have had another breakthrough, which will be published online today by the international journal Clinical Cancer Research . The study focuses on faster identification of chemotherapy treatments which are most likely to be successful for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (as well as identifying the ones that are less likely to be successful). The study was led by BC Cancer Agency Senior Scientist Dr. Yuzhuo Wang , whose team used one patient’s lung tumour sample to observe the response to three different chemotherapy regimens. They obtained results in six to...

Up close and personal with tigers

As we prepare to celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Tiger, I thought it seemed like a good time to draw your attention to a very cool opportunity to observe tigers up close and personal while benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. Last year, our friends at Indus Travels launched an Indian cuisine tour with Vikram Vij that benefited the BC Cancer Foundation. The event was so successful that Indus has decided to launch a second tour – Tiger Trekking in India. Now this is truly going to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. For 13 days you will travel through India’s great game...

February 4th is World Cancer Day

As the title suggests, today is World Cancer Day – aimed at raising awareness of cancer, and encouraging its prevention, detection and treatment. Many of us know that in British Columbia we are lucky to have the lowest cancer incidence, and the lowest cancer mortality rates in Canada – no doubt due partly to the BC Cancer Agency and its model of population-based cancer control that ensures that no matter where you live in B.C. you receive the same high standard of cancer care, treatment and support. But did you also know that the BC Cancer Agency has one of the leading cancer prevention...

More inspiring news

Last September, the BC Cancer Foundation launched the Inspire the World campaign on Vancouver Island. Our goal is to raise $10 million for the renovation and construction of 10,000 square feet of space at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. The new space will include a state-of-the-art patient support centre, a predictive cancer research centre and a radiation innovation wing. When it’s complete, the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre will provide cancer care, supportive care and cancer research all under one roof. Today, we announced another significant gift to the...

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