Spring 2013 Progress Report
Alberta Cancer Foundation donors, event organizers, participants and volunteers are driving progress in earlier detection of cancer, better treatments, improved quality of life and better survival rates. To ensure the biggest impact toward these outcomes, we are changing the way we invest our donor dollars.
In our last report we told you how our research investments will build on the excellent discovery, translational clinical and applied research taking place in Alberta, including funding the key infrastructure essential to supporting this critical work. We invite you to read about two of these leading projects in this edition of the Progress Report – the cell imaging facility at the Cross Cancer Institute that has changed the landscape of cancer research in Alberta, and the applied precision medicine project that is focusing its attention on the isolation of cancer stem cells to personalize treatment.
In past reports, we’ve shared progress about Alberta’s Tomorrow Project and a provincial tumour bank, also part of this latest $5.5 million investment in infrastructure. We are committed to supporting research that has a meaningful impact to patients and families across this province, and this funding reflects that.
You may have also heard the news about a new cancer centre being built in Calgary. Our donors have been telling us that a new facility in the south is an urgent priority, so last month we were thrilled to be part of the Government of Alberta’s announcement to build this new comprehensive centre. This new building will complement the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and position Alberta as having one of the best provincial cancer programs in this country.
Lastly, we are also committed to easing cancer journey for patients. Thanks to our donors, the province-wide Screening for Distress Program is helping Alberta cancer patients and their families navigate through psychosocial, practical, and physical concerns throughout their journey.
As a partner in Alberta’s cancer-free movement, we would like to know what you think about the Progress Report and what kind of news you would like us to share. You may be invited to tell us what you think with the completion of a short survey. Thank you for being a powerful part of Alberta’s cancer-free movement. Enjoy seeing the progress you have made possible.