IMPROVING CANCER OUTCOMES THROUGH CLINICAL RESEARCH
The pace of scientific discovery in cancer has never been faster. Clinical trials represent the pinnacle of excellent patient care, and a necessary step in the cutting-edge research that brings us better treatments.
BC Cancer is one of the most active clinical trials sites in the world. Over the past year, more than 120 cancer clinical trials, at all six cancer centres across B.C., were open, with over 800 patients participating. This is one of the reasons British Columbia is a global leader in cancer.
The benefits are clear
Continued investment in clinical trials will lead to significant and tangible benefits for patients in B.C., and elsewhere, as research is shared. In addition to the patient benefits, clinical trials will deliver technological and infrastructure improvements to BC Cancer’s six cancer centres, and lead to savings for the health system by identifying more effective treatments that are less costly.
Many of the treatments we have today are available thanks to people who volunteered to take part in a clinical trial.
Your support for clinical research will:
- Improve cancer survival
- Reduce side effects for patients
- Increase access to new therapies
- Accelerate recruitment of leading scientific and medical talent
- Spur additional grants
Current clinical research in need of funding:
Increasing Clinical Trial Capacity
The Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network (3CTN) initiative aims to increase capacity and capability at regional sites to conduct academic trials and improve patient outcomes. It focuses on improving site performance and collaboration and on facilitating national trial initiatives.
BC Cancer has partnered with 3CTN and is initiating project roll-out to all regional centres in the province with a goal to raise funds that will ultimately increase clinical trial capacity, and will:
- Establish a formal process for evaluating trial feasibility
- Develop a communications plan
- Implement a centralized Clinical Trials Management System
- Specify goals for all regional sites
- Provide financial support and stability for all regional sites
- Understand personnel and resource allocations and improve workflow where possible
Now is the time to expand clinical research in-centre and offer more clinical trials to patients. With your investment, we will dramatically impact the lives of thousands of British Columbians affected by cancer. We invite you to join us as a partner in research and care.