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Celebrating BC Cancer’s leading women in science and medicine

Vancouver, B.C. –Today is International Women’s Day. Across the province, female researchers and doctors at BC Cancer are changing the outcome for people impacted by cancer in British Columbia. With an abundance of talented females at the forefront of their fields, these women are breaking barriers in science and medicine and continuing to advance research breakthroughs that have an immense...

Booze Losers unite to raise $70,000 for cancer research and care

Vancouver, B.C. – Cheers to nearly 230 booze losers across the province who gave up alcohol throughout February and raised an amazing $70,000 for innovative cancer research and care at BC Cancer. Lose the Booze participants pushed alcohol aside for 28 days, skipped happy hours and traded their merlot for mocktails in an effort to change the story for British Columbians facing a cancer diagnosis...

Hong Kong immigrants gift $1.5M to lung cancer research

This Lunar New Year, the Leung family is encouraging philanthropic support
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Donald and Julia Leung moved to Canada in the 1970s in pursuit of the Canadian dream. Never in their wildest dreams did they expect to give back to the community with a gift of $1.5 million to propel lung cancer research and equipment needs at BC Cancer. Working odd labourer jobs throughout the 1970s, Donald was a motivated young man willing to endure whatever it took to provide...

World Cancer Day in B.C.

Cancer cases to increase over the next decade
VANCOUVER, B.C. - On February 4 th , World Cancer Day, BC Cancer will spark a call to action to British Columbians to make cancer a priority by supporting research, care and infrastructure. Last year more than 27,000 British Columbians were diagnosed with cancer. In 15 years, that number will increase to over 40,000. Cancer will impact every family as the ‘1 in 2 Canadians are now expected to...

$754,000 raised at Jingle Mingle will fuel leading-edge cancer research

VICTORIA, B.C. – The BC Cancer Foundation’s 12th annual Jingle Mingle, presented by Thrifty Foods, has raised an incredible $754,000 to underpin critical research on the island in one of the world’s most promising areas of oncology: immunotherapy. Fueled by 350 generous Jingle Mingle guests, the gift of advanced cancer care on Vancouver Island is on its way to patients. Funds will directly...

BC Cancer gene discovery leads to a new drug that targets 22 cancers

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Twenty years in the making, a gene mutation in a rare pediatric cancer – discovered by Dr. Poul Sorensen’s lab in 1998 – snowballed into a new drug that has just been approved and targets at least 22 types of cancer. The discovery made two decades ago was driven by Dr. Sorensen’s work to distinguish congenital fibrosarcoma, a rare and deadly type of connective tissue tumour in...

New trial uses blood test to determine best treatment course

IND.234 is the first prostate precision medicine trial to use liquid biopsies for genomic testing
VANCOUVER, B.C. - A new clinical trial, opening across Canada, is considered a major advancement in precision medicine for prostate cancer and the first of its kind in the world. The IND.234 clinical trial, conducted by the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG), uses liquid biopsy technology to screen for genomic markers in prostate cancer patients. Generous BC Cancer Foundation donors were...

Discovery Luncheon – Kelowna raises record $177,000 to support critical Patient and Family Emergency Fund

KELOWNA, B.C. – BC Cancer Foundation’s 8 th annual Discovery Luncheon raised an amazing $177,000 to support the Patient and Family Emergency Fund at BC Cancer – Kelowna and help lessen the burden for those facing a cancer diagnosis. “I am always so inspired by the sheer generosity of our donors in Kelowna and across the Interior,” says Sarah Roth, president & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation. “...

Blood cancer research receives massive boost

$4.3 million raised at Inspiration Gala will support cutting-edge, tailored treatment solutions
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Cancer Foundation announced an extraordinary $4.3 million raised at its sold-out Taj Mahal themed Inspiration Gala on Saturday evening, held at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. These critical funds will support BC Cancer clinicians and scientists as they develop innovative treatment solutions for patients facing blood cancers – leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. With a...

Vancouver home to new nuclear medicine hub

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced $10.23 million in federal funding to build a new nuclear medicine hub – the first-of-its-kind in Canada – at the University of British Columbia (UBC) named The Institute for Advance Medical Isotopes (IAMI). The construction of IAMI is valued at $31.8 million. Other contributors include the province of British Columbia, contributing $...

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