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Introducing January guest blogger Dr. Poul Sorensen

Thank you to Dr. Malcolm Moore for returning to the blog to share his vision for cancer care in British Columbia. It is thrilling to hear of the progress that is taking place for families across the province, and how our donors will play a critical role in raising the standard of care over the next several years. I am pleased to welcome back to our blog Dr. Poul Sorensen, distinguished scientist at BC Cancer, for the month of January. Dr. Sorensen will share the latest developments in childhood cancer research and how this world-leading breakthrough will impact patients. Thanks for reading,...

This is what cancer care will look like in the future

I’m often asked about the future of cancer in B.C. – and about BC Cancer’s future key areas of focus. When I first blogged, back in mid-December, I mentioned the critical need for a plan that will guide us for the next several years. That’s because we know what the cancer volumes will look like in 10 years, and beyond. We know the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is rising steadily. We know that, thanks to advances in research, diagnostics and treatments, people are living longer with cancer. We know we don’t have the infrastructure to accommodate this coming cancer “tsunami.” So...

A year-in-review: the extraordinary impact of philanthropy

When you look at 2018 for BC Cancer through a philanthropic lens, it has been a great year. I’ll start with the bike ride – the 10th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer. I’ve participated in the Ride for many years and it is a truly extraordinary event. In past years we crossed the border at the Peach Arch and rode to Seattle. But we decided this year that the Ride would stay in Canada – an overnight in Chilliwack, then on to Hope. But then the Fraser Valley, like other parts of B.C., was on fire. A few days before the Ride, we weren’t even sure we’d be able to hold the event. The rain came,...

Paving a new path for BC Cancer

The first time I blogged for the BC Cancer Foundation was in February 2016; I’d been on the job at BC Cancer for only a few months. Time has flown by; I cannot believe I’ve been here three years. I sometimes think about three key things attracted me to this position. The first was the people who worked at BC Cancer: terrific, caring, committed people. They had been through a rough patch for a number of years, with many changes in leadership, but had remained committed to the values and mission of this organization. That’s what sustained us during those difficult times. Second, I felt that the...

Introducing December guest blogger Dr. Malcolm Moore

Thank you to Dr. John Webb for updating us on the progress taking place with t-cell therapy at the BC Cancer Deely Research Centre. It's exciting to hear this revolutionary therapy will soon be available to people in need and that our donors continue to play a vital role in making new treatments possible. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Malcolm Moore, president of BC Cancer, to our blog for the month of December. Dr. Moore will share how BC Cancer is at the forefront of cancer discovery and why philanthropy is so critical to support research and enhancements to care. Thank you for tuning in, Sarah

Philanthropy vital to expanding t-cell therapy

T-cell therapy is a game-changing area of cancer research that will have a very tangible impact on patients and their families in the near future, and this is what excites me the most about my work. For a while these therapies appeared as if on the distant horizon– they involved years of planning, construction and research to get off the ground. Generous donor support to the BC Cancer Foundation was essential, enabling us to kick-start this process and maintain it through to completion. Indeed, philanthropic support allowed us to build the clean room necessary to carry out these treatments,...

Living drugs provide new hope for cancer treatment

T cell therapy is a revolutionary treatment that involves using a patient’s own t-cells, or immune cells, to target and attack cancer cells in a way that’s more precise and effective than many other forms of cancer treatment currently available. It’s a promising form of cancer therapy, with very high response rates of up to 90 per cent in certain cancers. At BC Cancer we are currently setting up for two different types of T cell therapy clinical trials, with the goal of bringing these treatments to patients as soon as possible. Using the body’s immune system to combat cancer The first...

Discovering the power of immunotherapy at BC Cancer

Hello, My name is Dr. John Webb and I’m a senior project leader at the BC Cancer Deeley Research Centre in Victoria. Currently, I manage the development of two clinical trials involving immunotherapy , both of which are planned to launch next year. These trials involve using cells from the body’s own immune system (specifically T lymphocytes) to target and attack cancer cells, and these immune cells are proving to be a highly effective way to treat certain types of cancer. It’s an exciting and very rapidly evolving arena of cancer research – one that I feel privileged to take part in - and...

Introducing November guest blogger Dr. John Webb

Thank you to Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer for sharing his vision for blood cancer research and care here at BC Cancer. This year’s Inspiration Gala, held on November 3 rd at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, raised an astounding $4.3 million to advance care in this field. It was inspiring to see our generous community come together to support this trailblazing work, which is giving hope to so many families in our province. I am pleased to welcome Dr. John Webb, senior project leader at the BC Cancer Deeley Research Centre, to the blog for this month. Dr. Webb is the manufacturing lead for two...

Bringing world-leading research into the clinic for patients

When embarking on a new research project, I always ask: what is the benefit to the patient? Understanding the patient perspective provides tremendous insight into what we need to research. As a clinician-scientist that attends to patients regularly, I believe one of the advantages I bring to the lab is that I understand intimately where people affected by cancer are coming from. This allows us to consider what we need to do in order to not only improve outcomes, but enhance quality of life for those facing these diseases. Bringing world-class research into the clinic For example, let’s say we...

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