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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...

A bold new vision for blood cancer treatment

Hello, Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer. My name is Florian Kuchenbauer, and I’m a clinician-scientist at BC Cancer/Vancouver General Hospital. I was recruited this past year from the University Hospital of Ulm in Germany to help find new ways to treat blood cancers – diseases that affect thousands of British Columbians every year. I’m excited to begin this journey of discovery here at BC Cancer – where leading cancer research meets world class cancer treatment. This month on the blog, I’ll be sharing how we plan to improve outcomes for these diseases. First, I’d like to introduce myself and share my...

Introducing October guest blogger Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer

Thank you to Dr. Pippa Hawley for sharing her efforts to advance palliative cancer care across our province. It is especially interesting to learn how medicinal cannabis can help address pain and symptom management, particularly given its pending legalization on October 17. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer to our blog for this month. Dr. Kuchenbauer is a recent recruit to BC Cancer, where he will focus on accelerating research and treatment for blood cancers. Funds from this year’s Inspiration Gala, taking place on November 3, will help support his work. Thanks for reading,...

How can cannabis improve patient quality of life?

Dr. Pippa Hawley. As I mentioned last week, our previous study has shown that cannabis use during cancer treatment is widespread, either as a symptom management tool or as a treatment tool, despite there being little to no scientific evidence to support the latter. Given its prevalence, we’d like to ensure patients are using cannabis-based products in the best ways possible, to reduce potential harm while also helping maximize the intended effect of alleviating symptoms and enhancing quality of life. We hope to gain a better understanding of how cannabis can aid treatment-related symptoms...

What we need to do to enhance patient quality of life in British Columbia

There is a lot of work to do if we are to further develop a pain and symptom management and palliative care program at BC Cancer that addresses the full scope of patient needs, but with ongoing research and support, we are well on our way. In order to design such a program we need to have a full understanding of all the sources of potential suffering a patient may face. Most people can receive adequate pain management fairly easily with available interventions, but there are some people who have what we call “tricky” pain – pain that doesn’t respond to typical interventions. Opportunities to...

Why we need to enhance quality of life for cancer patients in BC

Hello, My name is Pippa Hawley and I’m the medical director of the provincial pain and symptom management/palliative care program at BC Cancer, where I’ve been since 1997. I’m looking forward to connecting with you more over the coming weeks on the importance of raising the quality of life for those facing cancer. It’s an often overlooked need in the grand landscape of cancer research, but one we’re committed to addressing through our program at BC Cancer. Some of our more recent research has focused on exploring cannabis as an effective pain management tool for cancer, further bolstered by...

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