BC Cancer Foundation - Spring 2015 - (Page 3)
Collaboration at the
BC Cancer Agency
WORKING AS A TEAM TO PRODUCE RESULTS
The Future of Prostate
Cancer Care The Clinician
Researcher Award is enabling
life-saving progress in prostate cancer research and care.
World first: BC Cancer
Agency researchers track
the evolution of cancer, a
The Protein Link to
Cancer New equipment allows scientists to
dive beyond the genome
to find protein-based cancer
3 Opening Thoughts
Collaboration is at the heart of every major research
discovery at the BC Cancer Agency. When scientists, clinicians, patients and donors work as a team to support
innovation in cancer treatment and care, it produces
amazing results quickly and reaches greater numbers
of patients in our province and around the globe.
As our understanding of the genetic makeup of cancer continues to evolve, so do new treatment solutions
for the more than 24,000 British Columbians diagnosed
In December, distinguished scientist Dr. Sam Aparicio
teamed with bioinformatics expert Dr. Sohrab Shah to publish a
world-first study that examines the evolution of cancer cells in order
to stay one step ahead of the disease as it progresses. To read more
about their important work, please turn to page 10.
BC Cancer Agency researchers are also collaborating in the search
for new drug targets. Please turn to page 12 to read about how a suite
of donor-funded equipment is enabling experts in all fields of cancer
research to differentiate types of the disease at the molecular level
and match them with the most effective treatments.
Collaborations happening at the BC Cancer Agency will benefit
future generations. Not only are B.C. experts on track, they are continuing to set a new global standard of achievement.
In all six centres across the province, patients are being diagnosed earlier, treatments are more effective and side effects are
being reduced. They have new options and new hope and more and
more often their oncologists have the courage and the confidence
to use the word "cure." Most importantly, hundreds more British
Columbians are able to say three important words: "I'm still here."
Thank you for being our partner in discovery.
4 Healthy Insights
6 Why I Give
7 Researcher Profile
14 Legacy Giving
15 Regional Roundup
President & CEO
BC Cancer Foundation
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Cancer Foundation - Spring 2015
Why I Give
The Future of Prostate Cancer Care
Game-Changing Cancer Research
The Protein Link to Cancer
BC Cancer Foundation - Spring 2015