See how funds raised at B.C.'s largest cycling fundraiser ensure BC Cancer researchers and clinicians have the support needed to re-invent the standard of cancer care.
RIDE BY THE NUMBERS: IN 10 YEARS...
A DECADE OF IMPACT
LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED. OUTCOMES HAVE IMPROVED.
Funds support incredible progress for BC Cancer’s immunotherapy research program, with the team gearing up to bring these home-grown, cutting-edge treatments to patients. The Ride will help make T cell therapy a reality for cancer patients facing leukemia, lymphoma and gynecologic cancers in B.C.
Patients in northern B.C. have greater support to overcome health and financial challenges thanks to Ride funds, specifically from the devoted Wheelin’ Warriors of the North team.
Funds also support a precision radiation therapy hub at BC Cancer – Prince George. “By establishing a research program and acquiring vital new equipment, we can have a direct impact for patients in the North and across B.C.,” says Dr. Robert Olson, radiation oncologist.
Funds raised through The Ride supported the recent purchase of two PET/CT scanners—one in Victoria and one in Kelowna. These machines will bring world-class diagnostics closer to home for thousands of patients in need and will help reduce wait times across the province.
The team, led by Dr. Samuel Aparicio, identified 10 unique sub-types of breast cancer, decoding the genomic structure of the most deadly of these and proving that cancer has the ability to change over time and in response to treatments.
Today, patients can enter B-PRECISE, the world’s largest breast cancer study where tumour tissue is collected the time of diagnosis to conduct DNA sequencing.
Brain cancer care in B.C. has been transformed, enabling patients to be seen by neuro-oncology specialists quickly and effectively, in one visit and at one site.
At BC Cancer – Victoria a stereotactic radiotherapy program for brain cancer started treating patients with multiple metastases in early 2016. These individuals can benefit from modern treatment technology, which allows highly accurate (1-2 mm precision), efficient and effective radiotherapy treatment.