Clinical Trials

The Alberta Cancer Foundation supports cancer clinical trials in Alberta. Find out more here.

We are impatient for progress. We know there is a need for new and effective treatment options. Together, we can make a difference by investing in clinical trials.

Where your investment goes.

The Alberta Cancer Foundation exists to create more moments for Albertans facing cancer by inspiring our community to give to innovation in detection, treatment and care. We know that the only way to bring the treatments of tomorrow to those facing cancer today – is through clinical trials. Clinical trials advance medical knowledge and bolster resources for health-care professionals to diagnose patients sooner, treat cancer more effectively and offer more hope and options to Albertans. Currently, a significant portion of trials in Alberta are immunotherapy-based – using the immune system to attack cancer cells – and this has become a game-changing treatment option for many types of cancer.

Your gift will fuel the promise of pioneering these types of new treatments for Albertans facing cancer now and in the future.

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The Alberta Cancer Foundation supports every single clinical trial that takes place in Alberta.

Without your generosity, these trials would simply not take place. Your commitment supports the best and brightest minds to run these units, as well as front-line care teams to ensure trial participants are receiving excellent care. Within the next year, more than 40 clinical trials are expected to open in Alberta with 600 patients taking part. The cost to run one clinical trial can be as high as $200K. Every dollar invested by the Alberta Cancer Foundation leverages an additional $4, ensuring the clinical research units are well-armed to deliver the best treatment and care possible.

We invite you to have a transformational impact on cancer research and discovery. Together, we can redefine the future for Albertans facing cancer.

Transforming Radiation Treatment

Northern LIGHTs Program

Radiation therapy plays an important role in cancer treatment.

It uses high energy waves to destroy cancerous cells and although it is effective, it can destroy healthy surrounding tissue and take several treatments over a long period of time. In this ever-evolving field, new radiation techniques have been developed thanks to leading-edge technology such as the Linac-MR. Merging the imaging abilities of an MRI system with the treatment capabilities of a Linear Accelerator, this made-in-Alberta machine will mean doctors can see and treat cancer with radiation using real-time MR imaging. By guiding and directing a radiation beam precisely at a tumour, the Linac-MR will allow treatment doses to be increased, the number of treatments required to be reduced, and cause significantly less damage to healthy tissues and organs. The Northern LIGHTs program is a collection of clinical trials that will first test, and then provide Albertans facing cancer with access to the Linac-MR to receive cutting-edge radiation therapy treatments.

Your investment will support this series of clinical trials that will use Linac-MR technology to improve cancer treatment and care for patients. This ground-breaking research will also translate knowledge that will benefit patients at the new Calgary Cancer Centre.

Leap Magazine Articles

Cell biologist Dr. Luc Berthiaume is developing a potentially life-saving new drug.

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How an Albertan clinical trial made breast cancer treatment safer for women across the country.

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Edmonton researcher Dr. Michael Chu aims to bring CAR T-cell clinical trials to Alberta.

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Dr. Daniel Heng Is Strengthening Calgary’s Cancer Research Community

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Clinical Trials: A Personal Experience

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An Edmonton chemist and her husband’s $300,000 donation will fund much needed clinical trials.

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Clinical trials to benefit from couple’s $1.25M donation.

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Discovery in Clinical Trials.

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In the News

Alberta will soon become the third province in Canada to offer a promising treatment known as CAR T-cell therapy to people with specific types of leukemia and lymphoma.

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Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog

Cam Lane knows first-hand the importance of clinical trials. One of them saved his life.

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Julie Rohr

For Julie, a voicemail changed everything.

Stage four cancer.

Sadly, she is not alone. One in two Albertans will hear the words, “you have cancer” in their lifetime and One in four will not survive.

We need to do more. With your help we can.

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All donations will be matched by (up to $25,000.)