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Bringing together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters motivated to make a difference in the lives of people touched by cancer, The Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised more than $96 million in ten years, making it B.C.’s largest cancer fundraiser. The BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising partner of BC Cancer and the largest funder of cancer research in the province. With the help of thousands of riders we are improving the lives of people facing cancer in BC and beyond.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer series is Canada’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event.

 

You’re helping find effective therapies for men with advanced prostate cancer

One in seven Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, but support from the Ride to Conquer Cancer is having an immense impact on advancing treatment solutions.

Fundraising has enabled BC Cancer researchers to continue to accelerate clinically relevant discoveries and achieve significant breakthroughs and findings. In particular, a recently-launched clinical trial aims to reduce harsh side effects and improve treatment options for men facing this common and deadly disease.

The trial has opened across Canada and is considered a major advancement in precision medicine for men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The first of its kind in the world, the Prostate Cancer Biomarker Enrichment and Treatment Selection (PC-BETS) clinical trial, led by Dr. Kim Chi, medical oncologist at BC Cancer, and conducted by the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, will screen people with advanced prostate cancer for genomic markers using liquid biopsies.

There is an urgent need to find more effective therapies for men with advanced prostate cancer,” says Dr. Chi. “This clinical trial is taking us in the right direction.”

Standard protocol often requires a tumor biopsy to genetically profile a person’s cancer and understand what is driving the cancer. Liquid biopsies, performed via a simple blood test, offer a much less invasive but effective approach to do the same thing.

It’s the power of fundraising, and programs like the Ride to Conquer Cancer, that continue to fuel the brilliant scientific minds at BC Cancer in advancing research breakthroughs.

FUNDS FROM THE RIDE HAVE:

  • Supported more than 47 projects, investigating more than 50 different cancer types
  • Hundreds of patients take part in Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG)
    First-of-its-kind, the Personalized Onco-Genomics Program allows world-leading scientists and doctors to map the genomic structure of enrolled patient’s cancer to help determine potential drug targets and treatment based on a biological rationale. Funds raised through The Ride are enabling BC Cancer to continue enrolling patients into this ground-breaking clinical study.
  • Supported the construction of the Conconi Immunotherapy Lab
    Funds continue to support incredible progress for BC Cancer’s Immunotherapy research program, as well as the newly constructed Conconi Lab within the Deeley research Centre at the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre, in Victoria, establishing the provincial hub of immunotherapy treatment and development. Support will help make T cell therapy a reality for cancer patients in B.C., bringing a critical new treatment solution to the clinic.
  • Supported the development of Canadian-first “OncoPanel” with more than 2,000 BC cancer patients eligible annually 
    A new multi-gene analysis panel is now available to oncologists across B.C. as a provincial diagnostic tool, meaning a more personalized approach to treatment for thousands of eligible cancer patients. This is the first gene panel to be available province-wide and as part of standard cancer care in Canada for acquired cancers.
  • Enhanced brain cancer care
    Brain cancer care in B.C. has been transformed, enabling patients to be seen by neuro-oncology specialists quickly and effectively, in one visit and at one site.
  • Supported a new drug for advanced prostate cancer to enter clinical trials 
    Funds will further support a new prostate cancer drug developed at BC Cancer called EPI-506 that is currently in clinical trial. This new treatment option offers hope for the thousands impacted by prostate cancer in B.C. and around the world.
  • Purchased a second state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner & reduced wait times
    Funds raised through The Ride supported the purchase of BC Cancer’s second PET/CT scanner and allowed for an upgrade to an existing scanner. As a result, wait times have been reduced and the number of patients able to receive these life-saving scans have doubled.

 

WE BELIEVE THAT TOGETHER, BC CAN BREAK DOWN CANCER

 

The BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising partner of BC Cancer. Every dollar we raise stays right here at BC Cancer to advance research and enhance care for the people of B.C.

At the BC Cancer Foundation we believe that with your help BC CAN make a difference in the lives of all British Columbians. We know that one in two people in our province will face cancer in their lifetime and we’re igniting progress to break down cancer, piece by piece, in the labs and clinics.

BC CAN improve treatments for patients. BC CAN harness genomics to save lives. BC CAN prevent cancer for the next generation.

By working with people like you, who believe that investments in science and enhancements to care can make a significant difference for British Columbians, we are confident that BC CAN change the outcome for each person facing this disease.

The progress is real.

With incredible leaps in science and technology and the generous support of donors, BC Cancer is breaking new ground in genomics, immunology and nuclear medicine. This will lead to prevention in high risk families, better treatments with fewer side effects and ultimately improved health and longevity for people impacted by cancer.

We are actively working with our 90,000 donors and communities across B.C. to inspire investment in BC Cancer and our provincial teams of world-leading researchers, oncologists and care providers.

Together, BC CAN break down cancer.

 

To learn more about the BC Cancer Foundation, please visit www.bccancerfoundation.com

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