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What's New               Monday, November 24, 2014

To our patients and their families:

You may have read some recent media reports describing certain challenges at the BC Cancer Agency. We want to reassure you that the Cancer Agency is very aware of these challenges and their impacts.

Throughout all this patients are and will remain our first priority.

The number of new cases and the number of people living with cancer continues to rise in our country as a result of an aging and growing population. This growth poses challenges for the health care system and the patients and families affected.

Associated with these increases are advancements in treatment that in many cases require more time and support to deliver.

In some cases, our patient wait times are longer than we’d like them to be. That’s why the BC Cancer Agency started a new review process this summer to assess how to address the increasing demand. The BC Cancer Agency and the Provincial Health Services Authority are currently reviewing the recommendations.

If you or your family member is being treated at the BC Cancer Agency please be assured that our hard-working and dedicated health care team has the collective goal to deliver the best care. Over the past few decades we have been able to provide excellent care because our unique strength in research has guided us in determining the best treatments for each and every patient. Research will remain a key focus for us.

We recognize the need to continue to adapt to remain leaders in Canada and we are committed to working with our physicians, clinicians, researchers, staff, and you, our patients, to ensure timely access to high quality care.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Nick Foster
Chief Operating Officer
On behalf of the BC Cancer Agency

World-first project brings BC one step closer to personalized cancer treatment

Researchers and clinicians at the BC Cancer Agency are closer than ever to personalized cancer care as the Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG) project has launched the second phase of its study, which involves sequencing the DNA of individual patients to guide treatment.

The goals of the POG project are to: decode the genome — the entire DNA inside the cell, of each patient’s cancer, to understand what is enabling it to grow and to develop treatment strategies to block its growth. More...

Funding announced to help adult survivors of childhood cancer

With the recent award of more than half a million dollars in funding grants, the BC Cancer Agency and BC Children’s Hospital will be better able to support survivors of cancer, including those who had the disease as children.

A total of $587,531 in funding has been provided from the Shared Care Committee – a joint collaborative committee of Doctors of BC and the BC Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority, the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (see Backgrounder for details).

Advancements in pediatric cancer treatment mean there is a growing group of adult survivors of childhood cancer in BC. More...


Fall edition of Forward magazine now available

The fall edition of Forward magazine is now available online. Featuring a cover story with rock star Bif Naked, learn more about her experience with breast cancer; as well as, tips on how to cope with chemo brain, advice on how to keep your fear of recurrence in check, and how to deal with a lost sex drive.

Forward is a free magazine (created by the BC Cancer Agency and funded through the BC Cancer Foundation) to empower those who have had cancer, and their families, to live their best life after cancer through information, resources and personal stories that will inform, support and inspire.

To subscribe, e-mail your name and address (mailing or e-mail address) to forward@bccancer.bc.ca or call 1.800.663.3333 ext. 674619. More...

Ebola Prepardness

PHSA is taking steps to ensure our staff and facilities are ready to care for an Ebola patient in the unlikely event that a case is confirmed. More...

Five Steps to reduce your risk of Breast Cancer

BC Cancer Agency joined forces with other cancer and health organziations to create Five Plus (www.fiveplusbc.ca), a new website that encourages women to take five steps that may help to prevent breast cancer, plus two actions for possible early detection.

The Five Plus actions are based on current research and were developed by a team of BC’s foremost experts in breast health. More...

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