PREDICT (Personal Response Determinants In Cancer Therapy) is a BC Cancer research initiative that involves the collection of patient information and blood samples to form a bio-bank. A bio-bank is like a library but contains blood samples and other patient data instead of books. Researchers can apply to PREDICT to use patient data to investigate individual factors that contribute to cancer and responses to cancer therapies.|
PREDICT began in 2006 at BC Cancer – Victoria, and in 2013 has expanded to BC Cancer – Kelowna. Currently, Victoria has over 7,500 bio-specimens in the bio-bank for researchers to access. With PREDICT expanding to BC Cancer – Kelowna and possibly other BC centres in the future, PREDICT is well on its way of reaching the long term goal of collecting 20,000 samples for worldwide research.
PREDICT BCCA-SAHCSI aims to add a tumour tissue repository to the bio-bank in the next year.
To be eligible for PREDICT-SAHCSI, a patient must:
To participate, you will be asked to:
- Be a patient at BC Cancer – Kelowna,
- Have a new, confirmed cancer diagnosis,
- Have had no chemotherapy or radiation treatment in the last 6 months,
- Be 19 years or older, and
- Be able to give informed consent
- Provide a small (one time) blood sample to be stored in the PREDICT bio-bank.This sample may be taken at the same time as other blood work your doctor has ordered.
- Give permission to be contacted about future research projects you may be eligible for.
- Give PREDICT permission to extract a few details from your medical record (i.e. diagnosis, age, gender)
Your oncologist or the PREDICT Research Intern may offer you an opportunity to participate in PREDICT at one of your appointments (often the first appointment)
If interested in participating, speak with your oncologist, a nurse, or the PREDICT Research Intern
If you have questions, please call the Research Intern at 250-712-3966 ext 68-6711
Currently, blood draws MUST be taken at the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Laboratory
Hours: Monday-Friday between 9:30am-1:30pm
Where is the KGH Laboratory? See the KGH location map
What if I decide that I am not interested in participating in PREDICT?
Participation is PREDICT is strictly voluntary. Regardless of if you decide to participate or not, your care will not be impacted in any way.
How is my confidentiality protected?
Blood samples are given a unique identification number so your identity cannot be traced by the researcher unless approval from the donor is given or from a research ethics board.
The computer is stored within a secure location. The database is password protected and is only accessible to PREDICT staff.
The signed consent form is stored on your BC Cancer chart.
What if I consent and change my mind?
Consent can be withdrawn at any time. To withdraw, simply contact the PREDICT Research Intern who will arrange for your blood sample to be destroyed and your name erased from the database. Your care will not be affected.
I'm not eligible. What can I do to help out PREDICT?
PREDICT is proudly supported and 100% funded by community donations through the BC Cancer Foundation. Without community donors and the support of BC Cancer Foundation, PREDICT-SAHCSI would not have been possible.
If you wish to make a donation to PREDICT-SAHCSI, contact the BC Cancer Foundation at:
(250) 712-3921 or toll free at 1-866-230-9988
Or visit www.bccancerfoundation.com for more details
PREDICT Informational Poster
PREDICT Informational Rack Card
Dr. Peter Watson
BC Cancer, Vancouver Island Centre
Dr. Ivo Olivotto
BC Cancer, Vancouver Island Centre
Contact the PREDICT Research Intern at 250-712-3966 ext 68-6711 or toll free at 1-888-563-7773 (Victoria centre)
Visit the Victoria PREDICT website, or www.bccrc.ca/dept/predict