Douglas Nelson
President & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation

Blog Posts by Douglas Nelson

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BC Cancer Foundation Raises $58 million in 2013

Hello everyone, Across the globe, cancer research is advancing at a rapid pace and the depth of our understanding of the disease and how to treat it is reaching new heights. This year, more than 100,000 donors partnered with the BC Cancer Foundation to raise an incredible $58 million for cancer research right here in British Columbia. These funds support the most promising cancer research initiatives and innovations in care at the BC Cancer Agency to produce results and make a difference for the more than 24,000 British Columbians who will hear the words “you have cancer.” We are changing the...

Statement from Xavier Pelletier's Family

Shortly after 10:00 am Sunday morning, a fatal accident occurred on the Ride to Conquer Cancer . The Ride community and everyone here at the BC Cancer Foundation is deeply saddened by this tragic news. Xavier Pelletier’s family issued the following statement this afternoon – I hope you will keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Doug On behalf of Xavier Pelletier’s family: “We are heartbroken to share the news that yesterday morning we lost our much loved family member Xavier Pelletier in a tragic accident during the Ride to Conquer Cancer. At 16 years of age, Xavier was a talented young...

BC Cancer Agency Scientists Find Solution for Cancer Imaging

Hello everyone, I am pleased to share exciting news from the BC Cancer Agency: Dr. François Bénard and his colleagues have made medical history in B.C. by producing significant quantities of medical isotopes without the aid of nuclear reactors. This milestone comes at a crucial time, as medical isotopes—which are vital to detecting cancer and other medical conditions—are currently in short supply world-wide. Read more. The BC Cancer Agency’s Centre of Excellence for Functional Cancer Imaging is led by Dr. Bénard and focuses its research on advanced imaging techniques that can be used in a...

Introducing June Guest Blogger Dr. Stephen Chia

Hello everyone, I want to begin by thanking our May guest blogger Shaun Lorhan for her insightful posts on patient navigation at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. There are truly innovative advancements happening in this area, with a direct benefit for patients and their families. As June begins, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Stephen Chia as guest blogger. Dr. Chia is a medical oncologist and Chair of the Provincial Breast Tumour Group at the BC Cancer Agency. He is doing exciting things in breast cancer research that are bringing new hope to thousands of patients across the...

Introducing Concrete Hero!

On behalf of everyone at the BC Cancer Foundation, I am thrilled to introduce you to Concrete Hero , a brand new adrenaline-pumping event in support of ground-breaking research at the BC Cancer Agency. On September 29 th , aspiring heroes will dive, run, leap, and climb across the ultimate urban obstacle spanning over 7km in the heart of Vancouver, B.C. With over ten obstacles, Concrete Hero promises to be a powerful movement that champions life-saving cancer research and enhancements to patient care. Every ounce of energy exerted will drive a research initiative forward in the hope of...

Introducing May Guest Blogger Shaun Lorhan

Hello everyone, First, a warm thank you to our April guest blogger, Dr. Scott Tyldesley. As Dr. Tyldesley illustrated in his posts, the BC Cancer Agency’s breast cancer team is doing exemplary work to advance research and care, enabling more patients and families to feel hope and optimism about their future. I am very pleased to introduce our May guest blogger, Shaun Lorhan. Shaun is the Manager of Volunteer Services at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre. She also leads the Patient Navigation Research Program, and we are so pleased that she is here to share how this program is...

Introducing Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer!

Hello everyone, Before we welcome our guest blogger for May, I have an exciting announcement to share: the BC Cancer Foundation is pleased to introduce Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer , a brand-new event in support of cancer research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency. On September 14th, hockey enthusiasts from across the province will gather at Concord Pacific Place to rediscover Canada’s favourite pastime in a dawn-to-dusk road hockey marathon. With five exciting games, hundreds of teams and thousands of participants, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer will support life-saving...

Introducing April Guest Blogger Dr. Scott Tyldesley

Hello everyone, First of all, thank you to Dr. Brad Nelson for providing an inside look at the work being done to advance immunotherapy research at Victoria’s Deeley Research Centre. Immunotherapy is a truly exciting frontier and philanthropy is helping to propel this project forward for the benefit of patients across the province. And now, please join me in welcoming our guest blogger for April: Dr. Scott Tyldesley is a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency, specializing in genitourinary and breast cancers. He is an expert in health policy, health services research and needs...

Introducing Guest Blogger Dr. Brad Nelson

Hello everyone, I want to start with thanks to Dr. Keith Humphries for his insightful posts on the future of stem cell research at the BC Cancer Agency. We’re very pleased to welcome back Dr. Brad Nelson as guest blogger for March. As you may remember, Dr. Nelson blogged for us back in February 2011 about groundbreaking research happening at the Deeley Research Centre on Vancouver Island. We are thrilled that Dr. Nelson has returned to give us an update on his team’s work in immunotherapy, which is about to take an exciting leap forward. Thanks for reading, Doug

Introducing Guest Blogger Dr. Keith Humphries

Hello everyone, Thank you to our January guest blogger Dr. Bernie Eigl for starting the year on a high note with a fascinating look at clinical trials - we wish Dr. Eigl great success as clinical trials research continues to expand in B.C. We're very pleased to have Dr. Keith Humphries join us as guest blogger for February. Dr. Humphries is the Director of the Terry Fox Laboratory at the BC Cancer Agency Research Centre, where he and his team are doing excellent work in stem cell research to improve cancer outcomes for patients here in British Columbia and across the globe. Thanks for reading...

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