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Did you know cancers crave carbs? Low-carb, high protein diet shown to reduce cancer risk

June 14, 2011, Vancouver – New lab-based research from the BC Cancer Agency shows that a low-carbohydrate (carb), high-protein diet slows cancer growth and may actually prevent cancers from forming. This is because the vast majority of tumours take up and need more glucose, a simple carb, than normal cells to survive and grow. Gerry Krystal, PhD, a distinguished scientist at the BC Cancer Agency...

Prince George residents invited to take part in major cancer prevention study

June 7, 2011, Prince George – The BC Cancer Agency’s BC Generations Project clinic opened its doors to Prince George and area residents this morning, inviting everyone aged 35 to 69 to contribute to the health of future British Columbians. You can do so by taking part in the largest cancer prevention study in Canadian history. The BC Generations Project is part of the largest health study of its...

Quarter-million-dollar donation boosts BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign over the top

June 7, 2011 - (Victoria, BC) – A Victoria-area couple, closely affected by cancer and inspired by the innovative cancer research of the BC Cancer Agency, has made the capstone donation to successfully complete the BC Cancer Foundation’s $10 million Inspire the World campaign. Clive and Ann Piercy announced a $250,000 donation today at their hotel, the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites. “We are...

New breast cancer care coordinator helps women navigate through cancer diagnosis and treatment

Pilot launched at BC Cancer Agency’s Abbotsford Centre
March 15, 2011, Abbotsford, BC – Breast cancer patients being treated at the BC Cancer Agency’s Abbotsford Centre and in the eastern Fraser Valley now have access to a breast cancer care coordinator—a registered nurse with special knowledge about cancer—who can help guide them in decision-making about their care and treatment. Newly diagnosed patients, those already receiving treatment, or those...

Researchers discover how cancer cheats immune system

BC Cancer Agency team finds clues in two lymphoma types
March 2, 2011, Vancouver, BC – BC Cancer Agency scientists have discovered that a single gene, CIITA, is implicated in almost 40 per cent of primary mediastinal B-cell lymphomas (a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma) and 15 per cent of all Hodgkin lymphoma cases. The groundbreaking discovery, published today in the international science and medical journal Nature, identifies for the first time a...

BC Cancer Agency seeks student researchers

Applications open for summer internship program at Deeley Research Centre
February 11, 2011, Victoria, BC – Brad Nelson, head of the Deeley Research Centre at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre, had lunch at Oxford University recently with a young woman named Kayli Johnson. They had first met in 2004 when Kayli worked as a high school student intern in Dr. Nelson’s lab. Today Kayli is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, one of only 82 graduate students worldwide...

Southern Interior residents invited to take part in major cancer prevention study

January 5, 2011, Kelowna, BC – The BC Generations Project came to the Southern Interior this morning, and with it came a call for local residents aged 35 to 69 to contribute to the health of future British Columbians by taking part in the largest cancer prevention study in Canadian history. The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, launched the project in 2009...

B.C.’s cancer survival rates bode well in international comparison

December 21, 2010, Vancouver, BC – B.C. has encouraging survival outcomes in breast and ovarian cancer, taking top rank in a comprehensive data study that compares 12 jurisdictions from six nations with similar wealth and universal access to healthcare. In addition, B.C. colorectal and lung cancer patients have seen considerable increases in survival over the past decade. “Cancer survival is a...

Record $2.6 million raised at BC Cancer Foundation's Inspiration Gala

Funds will launch world-first lymphoma research project at BC Cancer Agency
October 29, 2010, Vancouver, BC – The capacity crowd of 400 dinner guests had philanthropy on their minds last night as they donated a record $2.6 million to the BC Cancer Foundation at its 2010 Inspiration Gala , sponsored by Teck Resources Limited. The proceeds will fund a major new research study of lymphoma, one of the fastest-growing and now the fourth most common cancer in B.C. and North...

Kennametal Foundation will help patients better navigate their cancer journey

Gift of $15,000 directed to BC Cancer Foundation's Inspire the World campaign
October 14, 2010, Victoria, BC – The Kennametal Foundation announced a donation of $15,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign. This gift will help support the Patient Navigation Program in the future Patient and Family Support Centre at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre. The Vancouver Island Centre currently has an outstanding cancer treatment clinic and...

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