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Keep up to date with all of the amazing stories of how everyday Albertans are standing up to cancer, and how their efforts are making real impacts in the fight against cancer.

November 14, 2017

CEO Announcement

The Alberta Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of George Andrews as CEO, effective today. Although his initial start date was slated for December 7, he is now able to begin his tenure earlier, and we officially welcome him to the Foundation. Read more.


December 14, 2016

Making (sound) waves in the fight against cancer

EDMONTON — University of Alberta ultrasound innovation could replace invasive biopsies. Read more.


December 9, 2015

Drugs prevent heart damage during breast cancer treatment, study shows

EDMONTON —Heart medication taken in combination with chemotherapy reduces the risk of serious cardiovascular damage in patients with early-stage breast cancer, according to results from a new landmark clinical trial. Read more.


November 26, 2015

Pilot study weighs lung cancer screening for early detection

Researchers in Calgary and Edmonton have launched a lung cancer screening study to determine the best criteria for catching the deadly disease while it’s still treatable. Read more.

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November 12, 2015

Alberta Cancer Foundation invests $3 million into colorectal cancer research at the Cross Cancer Institute

EDMONTON —The Alberta Cancer Foundation has invested $3 million into a colorectal research projectthat will prevent tumours from being able to repair themselves after radiation treatment, increasing the chance of success for patients facing this disease. Read more.

Alberta Cancer Foundation lauds Provincial Government Cancer Centre Announcement

Every day, 43 Albertans hear the words “you have cancer.” The Alberta Cancer Foundation and its donors stand alongside Albertans facing cancer by investing in innovative research, leading-edge treatments and support services to ease the cancer journey. Read more.

Partnership between Alberta Cancer Foundation and University of Alberta invests $5.4 million into cancer immunotherapy research

Edmonton—A multimillion dollar research partnership announced today at the University of Alberta is giving a “dream team” of researchers the opportunity to potentially transform cancer treatment and better patient outcomes. Read more.

Jim Prentice Reconsiders Charitable Tax Credit Changes

April 21, 2015
Calgary – Joined by members of the Calgary philanthropic and charitable community, Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice said today that after hearing directly from Albertans during the course of the election campaign, he has reconsidered the reduction to the charitable donation tax credit in the budget, and a PC government will maintain the previous rate. Read more.

Cancer patient shares experience of being sick in Alberta

Global News Calgary - Mon, Dec 29 : Last week we learned a new cancer centre was being delayed for a third time. The Tom Baker Cancer Centre reached full capacity years ago, but people like Mary Beth Eckersley continue to get sick. In this report, she shares what it’s like to be a patient in a cancer system without any room. Watch here

July 8, 2015

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Alberta Cancer Foundation lauds Provincial Government Cancer Centre Announcement

CALGARY — Every day, 43 Albertans hear the words “you have cancer.” The Alberta Cancer Foundation and its donors stand alongside Albertans facing cancer by investing in innovative research, leading-edge treatments and support services to ease the cancer journey.

April 9, 2015

Researchers working to improve quality of life for head and neck cancer patients
Late surgeon’s donation to the Alberta Cancer Foundation makes a difference

EDMONTON — After life-saving surgery for head and neck cancer the physical alterations to a patient’s skull or face can be devastating, but thanks to the legacy of an Edmonton surgeon, new research will help restore their quality of life.

Feb 4, 2015

Patient navigators help improve the cancer journey for patients and families
Health Minister applauds program on World Cancer Day

Alberta cancer patients and their families are reporting an improved experience with the health care system since the launch of a provincewide patient navigation program.

Jan 28, 2015

Alberta Cancer Foundation Supports Rally for Calgary Cancer Centre

CALGARY – Every day, 43 Albertans hear the words “you have cancer.” From the moment a patient hears those three words, life changes. The Alberta Cancer Foundation stands alongside every Albertan by investing in innovative research, leading-edge treatments and support services to ease the cancer journey.

Jan 8, 2015

Program helping cancer patients feeling severe distress
Alberta pioneers a global standard of care that’s improving overall well-being

CALGARY – Fewer Alberta cancer patients are experiencing severe distress as a result of their illness and treatment since the launch of a program developed at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

Dec 23, 2014

Alberta Cancer Foundation receives an early Christmas gift from Calgary philanthropist

CALGARY – The spirit of giving is in the Calgary air, thanks to the generosity of Tom Crist, a Calgary entrepreneur and philanthropist. Today, Mr. Crist announced another generous donation to the Alberta Cancer Foundation in support of the Patient Financial Assistance Program and the Tomorrow Project, a provincial cancer study.

May 1, 2014

Alberta Cancer Foundation and Wellspring Calgary partner to ease the journey for Albertans facing cancer

CALGARY – The Alberta Cancer Foundation and Wellspring Calgary are celebrating a new partnership that will enable more Albertans facing cancer to receive much-needed support after a cancer diagnosis.

March 13, 2014

Alberta Cancer Foundation announces $7 million for transformative research across province

Edmonton - The Alberta Cancer Foundation has invested more than $7 million into four new research programs across the province, all designed to transform patient care and impact outcomes here in Alberta.

March 13, 2014

Pilot lung cancer screening program receives funding from Transformative Program competition

Calgary - The Alberta Cancer Foundation has invested more than $7 million into four new research programs across the province, all designed to transform patient care and impact outcomes here in Alberta.

January 15, 2014

FIT test helps to detect colorectal cancer sooner

Screening tool now available for average-risk Albertans

(Edmonton) – A new, easy-to-use colorectal cancer screening test is now available across the province, aimed at saving lives by detecting cancer earlier.

June 20, 2013

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer will Postpone this Weekend's Ride Due to Flooding in Alberta

(Calgary; June 20, 2013) – The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation announced it will postpone the 2013 Ride, originally set for this weekend, due to flooding in Alberta. The 2-day, 200 km Ride will now take place on August 10th and 11th from Calgary to Okotoks and back.

June 16, 2013

Alberta Cancer Foundation sends regards to BC Cancer Foundation and the BC Ride Community

We are deeply saddened by news that a Rider in the Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation was involved in a fatal accident today, June 16th. Our thoughts and prayers are with the rider's family, friends and the BC Ride community.

March 1, 2013

Alberta Cancer Foundation to Partner in New Calgary Cancer Centre

The Government of Alberta announced plans today to build a new cancer centre in Calgary. This $1.2 billion dollar project will be built in partnership with the Alberta Cancer Foundation – Alberta’s largest cancer charity. The Alberta Cancer Foundation has committed to raise $200 million to support the new facility.

Dec. 12, 2012

Alberta Cancer Foundation funding to strengthen Alberta’s ability to offer clinical trials

The Alberta Cancer Foundation has awarded more than $3.1 million dollars to support cancer clinical trials research across this province, recognizing their importance as key research tools to advance medical knowledge and patient care in this province.

Dec. 5, 2012

A new non-invasive way of detecting pancreatic cancer could help find the disease earlier and allow for better treatment options, says Alberta-based cancer care researchers.

Nov. 14, 2012

Healing garden a legacy for 50 years of cancer volunteers

The Cross Cancer Institute’s Volunteer Association (CCIVA) turned sod today on a new outdoor space that will form a lasting legacy for cancer patients and celebrate a half-century of volunteering at the Alberta Health Services (AHS) cancer centre.

June 28, 2012

Alberta Cancer Foundation and Sanofi Canada partner to improve outcomes for colorectal cancer patients

Colorectal cancer patients must receive adequate follow-up care after their treatment is over to ensure any cancer recurrence is detected early, but many of those patients are currently not adhering to the recommended guidelines, say researchers.  A new research project funded by the Alberta Cancer Foundation and Sanofi Canada aims to improve the chances of early diagnosis if the cancer returns and save lives across the province.

June 5, 2012

Canadian “dream team” to tackle deadly brain cancer with $8.2 million from The Terry Fox Research Institute, The Terry Fox Foundation and its partners in Alberta and across Canada

They are a “dream team” comprised of some of the country’s top minds in cancer research. They are harnessing their talent and technologies to find new treatments for the most common and deadly form of brain cancer among adults with an $8.2 million investment from The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), The Terry Fox Foundation (TFF), Alberta Innovates–Health Solutions, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Genome Canada, Genome BC and the BC Cancer Foundation.

Jan. 18, 2012

  Richard Simmons to Bust a Move in Edmonton

Richard Simmons is bringing his fabulous flare and frizzy ‘fro to Edmonton for the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Bust a Move for Breast Health on March 24, 2012. Simmons is the celebrity guest instructor for the final hour of the six-hour fitness extravaganza at Northlands.

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