Colorectal Cancer - Colin Hackett

In 2017, nearly 2500 Albertans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. These are not just statistics. These are our loved ones, our neighbours, our friends.

"Going forward, don’t think that the only measure of success is a cure for cancer. This type of research will make treatments easier for people like me and improve our chance of success. That’s all I can ask for.”"

- Colin Hackett

Currently, radiation and chemotherapy treatments are based mainly on practical experience, not on a thorough understanding of the biology of cancer cells. Researchers know that radiation and many of the most powerful chemotherapy drugs kill cancer cells by damaging the cell’s DNA. But a tumour’s DNA repair system is so strong it is often able to resist radiation and chemotherapy, reducing the effectiveness of the treatment.

With your help, we can change that. We have committed $2.9 million to a colorectal research program that will make life better for Albertans facing this disease.

Be part of this $2.9 million investment that will help improve survival rates for colorectal cancer patients in Alberta and improve their quality of life while they undergo treatment. Help us change those statistics.

Invest in the Alberta Cancer Foundation and help us making life better for Albertans facing cancer.

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Enhanced therapies for colorectal cancer. $2.9 million over 4 years. Read more in our 2015 Annual Report


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