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2019 Discovery Luncheon Raises Record $370,000 to Support Genomics

The ninth-annual Discovery Luncheon in Kelowna on November 5 raised a record-setting $370,000 to help bring genomically-based solutions to BC Cancer - Kelowna and hope to families facing cancer across the interior. Guests at the 2019 Discovery Luncheon Hosted at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, the event welcomed members of the community alongside BC Cancer experts to connect and invest in the future of cancer care: genomics. 2019 Discovery Luncheon at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort See the full event gallery here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmJbYNJv The event welcomed patient speaker, Shannon Gall...

The 2019 Inspiration Gala Raises $3 Million to Advance Genomics

After months of preparation and work that spanned across multiple teams, the BC Cancer Foundation hosted its 15 th annual Inspiration Gala on November 2 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The stunning winter’s magic themed event welcomed over 500 guests, generous donors and cancer experts from around the province. By the end of the evening, $3 Million dollars was raised to advance genomics - the analysis of an individual’s DNA to better understand their cancer. A full gallery from the evening can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmJsHqbP Carla Rielly One of the evening’s highlights was key...

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 the class a week later, and noticed the same pain in her stomach and immediately made an appointment with her family doctor, who sent her for an urgent ultrasound. “I hardly had my coat off when the phone rang and my doctor told...

Innovative therapies are changing radiation treatment

Dr. Elaine Wai is a radiation oncologist and head of the radiation therapy department at BC Cancer – Victoria. She has been treating patients with breast and lung cancer, lymphoma and myeloma since 2001. Dr. Wai plays an active role in clinical research. Some of her studies have been directly funded through BC Cancer Foundation donors and she is motivated by the opportunity to expand the program and options available for patients. Here are her views on the future of innovative therapies. Our patients face many challenges through their cancer journey. Some of the greatest challenges our...

Clinical trials are changing cancer outcomes

Dr. Vanessa Bernstein is a medical oncologist and chair of the skin cancer tumour group at BC Cancer. Based at BC Cancer - Victoria, she’s been treating patients with breast cancer and melanoma since 2000. Over her 18 year career, Dr. Bernstein has been a champion for clinical research, spearheading trials to help usher innovative new therapies into the clinic. Below, Dr. Bernstein shares her perspective on the state of cancer care today, the advances made over two decades and how we can continue to move the needle. The advances I’ve seen in cancer care have been phenomenal We wouldn’t have...

We want to try something new, so we're adding new voices to our blog

Your support matters. The BC Cancer Foundation blog offers us a unique platform to connect our supporters, like you, with the people you support and the impact you make for patients and families. Our blog has been a great forum to share timely, in depth, advancements taking place in BC Cancer’s labs and clinics, progress that donors make possible. Together, we are changing outcomes so we’ve focused on sharing these advancements with you. We’re excited to add more voices to our blog. We will feature expert clinicians like Dr. Kim Chi, who was recently named the new leader of BC Cancer, to...

We have good reason to be optimistic for the future of cancer outcomes

A large part of my role as Regional Medical Director in the Interior is to look ahead and ensure our patients have access to the best treatments and outcomes possible. With a world-leading clinical team and a generous donor community, I see a lot of promising things on the horizon. We face an ever-increasing burden with the incidents of cancer estimated to increase by 40% over the next 15 years. However, at the same time, we are increasingly changing the cancer outcome into a disease that is lived with. This means the amount of cancer services needed in the region is also growing by around 5...

Connecting with patients drives us forward

As I explained last week, I hold two positions at BC Cancer – Kelowna as both a Radiation Oncologist and the Regional Medical Leader for the Interior. These two positions allow for diverse work and the opportunity to connect with a variety of patients. WE STRIVE TO ALWAYS IMPROVE THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE My work with patients is what drives me each day. Some of the most important insights and learning stem from my work with patients and have inspired work in my regional medical director role to keep us moving forward and improving the system of cancer care. Together with the Senior Director of...

The power of individualized treatment in radiation oncology

Hello, my name is Dr. Ross Halperin. I am a Radiation Oncologist and Regional Medical Director of BC Cancer - Kelowna. It has been nearly five years since my last blog post and I have witnessed a lot of progress at BC Cancer and in cancer treatment. Our forward momentum gives me a lot hope that we’re changing outcomes for cancer patients in B.C. and around the world. WE’RE MAKING REAL PROGRESS In 2014, treatment options for patients were developing and my peers and I were energized with our search for better care tools. Today, thanks to a community of donors who have contributed to medical...

INTRODUCING MAY GUEST BLOGGER, DR. ROSS HALPERIN

Thank you to Dr. Allan Hovan for sharing the critical importance of oral health in relation to cancer outcomes. We are so grateful to our donors who have supported the development of a new dental clinic at BC Cancer – Abbotsford. Our fundraising continues and once we achieve our goal, this facility will enable the team to offer world class care closer to home. I am pleased to introduce our guest blogger for May, Dr. Ross Halperin, Medical Director, BC Cancer – Kelowna. Dr. Halperin is a radiation oncologist and long-time leader with BC Cancer. He’ll share exciting insights into leading-edge...

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