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What's New               Thursday, January 29, 2015

Canadian Team Demonstrates Solution to Medical Isotope Crisis

A Canadian team, with members from the BC Cancer Agency, confirms an effective solution for the looming national threat of a
shortage of a technetium-99m (Tc-99m) – a life-saving diagnostic isotope used in cardiac tests and cancer scans. The team demonstrated a process that enables the routine production of sufficient Tc-99m to satisfy the daily demand for a population the size of British Columbia – or 500 patients scans – from a six-hour run on a common brand of medical cyclotrons. More...

BC Cancer Agency Researchers Co-Lead $60 Million National Initiative for Innovative Cancer Treatments

BC Cancer Agency researchers will play a key role in the first Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) devoted to cancer research, announced today with a $25 million commitment from the Government of Canada and an additional $35 million from partners across the country.

The NCE, called BioCanRX, will focus on the development of new biotherapeutics – therapies derived from biological agents - which is one of the most promising areas of research in oncology. The national team of leading scientists will zero-in on three specific areas of biotherapeutic development: oncolytic viruses, immune cells and synthetic antibodies. More...

BC Cancer Agency scientists make internationally significant discovery, mapping the evolution of breast cancer ‘avatars’

A just-published paper in the prestigious journal Nature highlights how researchers at the BC Cancer Agency are using human breast cancer ‘avatars’ — models of human breast cancers — to measure how complex cancers develop and change over time.

The research is unprecedented because it uses single cancer cells to expose how breast cancers evolve and how to identify the cell populations that expand and dominate over time.

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.

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...

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