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B.C.’s cancer program doubles scanning capacity

VANCOUVER, August 29, 2011 – A second PET/CT scanner installed at the BC Cancer Agency will double the number of scans that can be done on cancer patients or those who might have cancer – from 3,100 scans to 6,200 scans annually. The new PET/CT scanner has been installed in the Centre of Excellence for Functional Cancer Imaging at the BC Cancer Agency. This second scanner comes less than a year...

BC Cancer Foundation Golf Classic in Memory of Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins raises over $60k for cancer research and care

Success in Sindi's honour
KELOWNA, August 29, 2011 - Over 120 golfers and dinner guests supported this year’s tournament—joined by members of Sindi’s family—honouring Sindi’s compelling legacy by continuing her philanthropic spirit and fundraising for the BC Cancer Foundation. Rupie Sachdeva, Sindi’s sister says, “She wanted to change everything for the better — her devotion and passion for bettering cancer care was...

Paddling and paper lanterns make a positive impact on cancer research

Victoria, B.C., August 9, 2011 – Victoria’s Inner Harbour will glow in support of cancer research with the Lights of Courage Campaign during the 2011 Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, August 12 – 14th, benefitting the BC Cancer Foundation. BC Cancer Agency researcher and dragon boater, Katy Milne, knows first-hand the value of fundraising. Her team, Paddlers of the Fifth Moon, is racing...

New genetic mutations found for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Substantial gain in knowledge about the disease
Vancouver, July 27, 2011 – BC Cancer Agency scientists have identified a number of new genetic mutations involved in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). This massive cancer-sequencing study, published online in Nature will open a floodgate for researchers around the world to explore the significant number of newly discovered gene mutations and their role in the growth and development of lymphoma cells...

Personalized medicine on the horizon for BC cancer patients

Vancouver, July 4, 2011 – Genome British Columbia and the BC Cancer Foundation have joined forces to announce a major step forward in applying the power of genomics to personalized medicine. The innovative partnership stems from the strong focus of both organizations on the potential of genomics to improve patient outcomes in BC. Genome BC’s new Personalized Medicine Program aims to utilize...

BC Cancer Foundation celebrates historic partnership with Vancouver Board of Trade at inaugural Discovery Day event

Celebrating world first cancer research breakthroughs at the BC Cancer Agency
Vancouver, June 21, 2011 – Seventy-six years ago, almost exactly to the day, Vancouver Board of Trade President T. S. Dixon chaired a lunch meeting to discuss a pressing healthcare issue – that B.C. had the highest rates of cancer incidence and death in Canada. By the end of the meeting, the Board members had made a plan of action, beginning with the creation of the BC Cancer Foundation. Today,...

B.C. cancer research boosted by $11.1 million in Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

BC Cancer Foundation’s 3rd annual cycling fundraiser will have “significant impact” on cancer research and care
Vancouver, June 19, 2011 – The BC Cancer Foundation announced yesterday that 2879 cyclists raised a record $11.1 million in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer , to support leading research at the BC Cancer Agency. Today between 11 am and 5 pm riders are expected to cross the finish line at Marymoor Park - 6046 West Lake Sammamish Road NE, Redmond, WA, after a journey of over 200 km that began...

Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer raises record-setting $11.1 million

2879 riders cycle 200-plus km in 3rd annual BC Cancer Foundation fundraiser
Vancouver, June 18, 2011 – The BC Cancer Foundation announced today that 2879 participants across British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest raised $ 11.1 million in the third annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer . Since its inception in 2009, the Ride has raised $ 27.2 million, making it the most successful cancer-related fundraising event in B.C. history. Funds raised for the BC Cancer...

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...

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