DOLLARS AT WORK
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IMPACT & USE OF FUNDS
Since 2009, The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® Presented has raised over $80.9 million for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The Ride to Conquer Cancer series is Canada’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event.
Funds raised through The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® enable the Alberta Cancer Foundation to support breakthrough cancer research, clinical trials, enhanced care and the discovery of new cancer therapies at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other centres in Alberta.
The Alberta Cancer Foundation’s vision is to achieve a cancer-free future by investing in cancer prevention and screening, enhanced care and research.
Funds raised through The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® are powering research, clinical trials and enhanced care programs.
The Alberta Cancer Foundation supports every cancer clinical trial that takes place in Alberta. Over the past five years, The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® has helped give 6,000 Albertans the opportunity to take part in ground-breaking clinical trials, allowing access to promising new cancer treatments, drugs and therapies. In the last year, 927 people signed up for a clinical trial in Alberta— six percent more than last year.
Current clinical trials examine the efficiency of hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy, combinations of treatments, and explore new, less invasive surgical methods.
- Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy harnesses a patient’s immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. This promising treatment is proven to be highly effective, however, patients experience severe side effects. Through the use of small molecule drug development, the Alberta Cancer Foundation has invested in creating a new orally available immunotherapy that would treat the disease more accurately, with fewer side effects for patients.
- Breast Cancer Research: Every day, six Albertans are diagnosed with breast cancer. Funds from The Ride support ground-breaking research to identify biomarkers that can help medical teams determine the best treatment for each patient at the right time.
- Colorectal Cancer Research: Every year, nearly 2,500 Albertans are projected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. While existing treatments have come a long way, success rates are still low and need improvement. Funds from The Ride are supporting a research program that will develop new drugs to block the ability of tumours to resist radiation and chemotherapy by repairing the DNA. Nanocarriers will deliver drugs to tumour tissues where they can increase the potency of the treatment but spare healthy tissue, improving treatment success and quality of life.
- Prostate Cancer Research: In Alberta, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. If detected early, prostate cancer is one of the most successfully treated cancers. Funds from The Ride will assist Dr. John Lewis and Dr. Frank Wuest as they develop novel research to predict personalized treatment for each patient.
- Ovarian Cancer Detection: The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® is helping a team of scientists who challenge ovarian cancer and identify ways to detect cancerous cells earlier. Currently, Dr. Lynne Postovit is working to create a test women can do at regular check-ups showing a marker that helps predict if ovarian cancer is present. Not only will this test improve patient outcomes but will also provide patients with what matters most: more moments with their loved ones.
- Head and Neck Cancer Therapies: Swallowing disorders affect 70 percent of patients with head and neck cancer, which can lead to a dependence on tube feeding, affecting social interactions and overall quality of life. The current therapy required is time and labour intensive for both the patient and therapist. A research team in Edmonton is testing a mobile app that will receive information from a simple adhesive pad under patients’ chins and can instantly share results with clinicians. Patients will be able to receive treatment from the comfort of their own home. The goal is to have this device in clinical trials within two years.
- Lung Cancer Screening Program: This year alone, nearly 2,000 Albertans are expected to be diagnosed with lung cancer. Sadly, 1,700 will die. With help from The Ride, Alberta scientists have launched a lung cancer screening pilot research program to learn the best ways to catch cancer earlier when curative treatment is still an option. This project has already confirmed more than 20 lung cancer diagnoses, all detected at an early stage and will contribute answers to the body of knowledge that will tell us who to screen, and when.
ENHANCED CARE PROGRAMS
No matter where a patient faces a cancer diagnosis in this province, we want to ensure they receive the best possible treatment and care. Alberta Cancer Foundation donors and funds from The Ride enable local support at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and 15 other cancer centres around the province. These investments offer patients and families enhanced care over and above what is typically provided and may include comfortable reclining chemo chairs, vital sign machines in clinic rooms, patient journals, blanket warmers during radiation treatment or advanced training for staff that helps improve patient care and quality. Programs include:
- Alberta Cancer Foundation Patient Navigators– There are 15 Alberta Cancer Foundation Patient Navigators in rural communities across the province who assist patients who are struggling with the emotional, financial and physical components of their diagnosis. They explain how treatment will work and understand additional challenges rural Albertans face with a cancer diagnosis. Since the program began Alberta Cancer Foundation, Patient Navigators supported almost 5,000 patients in rural Alberta last year, with 17,000 recorded visits to discuss a myriad of cancer-related issues, resulting in a reduction of emergency room and physician visits across the province.
- Patient Financial Assistance Program– Cancer can be a huge strain on finances. The costs can be so overwhelming that some patients will decide not to have life-saving therapy to save costs. The Ride will ensure the Alberta Cancer Foundation can continue to provide financial support to patients in need, easing their cancer journey. The Alberta Cancer Foundation Patient Financial Assistance Program covers costs such as housing, medication, transportation and childcare. In the last year, the need for this program in Alberta has almost doubled.
- Patient Comfort– The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® will enable the Alberta Cancer Foundation to improve patient and family comfort by adding blanket warmers, privacy curtains, reclining treatment chairs and TVs in waiting rooms or such staff tools as vein finders, making the cancer journey that much easier.
Net proceeds from The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® Presented will benefit the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the registered charity dedicated to supporting cancer research and programs at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other cancer centres across Alberta. We see every day how patients and families benefit from the work that more than 200,000 Alberta Cancer Foundation donors make possible each year. The Foundation provides funding for basic, translational and clinical research, advanced treatment programs, prevention and screening initiatives, equipment and facility enhancements, a patient financial assistance program and psychosocial initiatives at all Alberta cancer centres.
To learn more about the Alberta Cancer Foundation, visit www.albertacancer.ca/
Patients and families across the province count on having access to the most effective programs and best-equipped facilities in Canada, if not the world. Alberta’s team of cancer nurses, radiation therapists, technicians, pharmacists, researchers and doctors are dedicated to giving them the best care available. Research integrated with cancer treatment gives us more information about cancer and provides direct benefits to our patients.
Research also helps us attract and keep the best-trained people for cancer care and training of the next generation of specialists. And equipped with cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art tools, Alberta physicians and researchers are helping to revolutionize the delivery of cancer treatment.
THE TOM BAKER CANCER CENTRE & THE CROSS CANCER INSTITUTE
The Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton are leading centres of cancer treatment as well as scientific and clinical research to develop new cancer therapies. Albertans are able to access leading treatments three to seven years in advance of those treatments becoming available on a large-scale basis.