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The Alberta Cancer Foundation In the News


October 30, 2013 - Request for Information: Provincial Donor Recognition Program

To enhance public recognition in our cancer centres, the Foundation is seeking a single-source partner for the coordination, design detailing, fabrication, and installation of a new, electronic donor recognition program.


May 28, 2013 - University of Alberta researchers ID genetic marker for sporadic breast cancer

Sambasivarao Damaraju worked with a multidisciplinary research team to pinpoint a genetic marker for sporadic breast cancer, which accounts for 80 per cent of all cases of breast cancer.


April 30, 2013 - Alberta announces a new cancer plan to 2030

The Alberta Government has released the long-term, strategic plan for cancer control in the province that outlines a vision for 2030 where more cancers are prevented, more cases of cancer are cured and the suffering from cancer is greatly reduced.


April 17, 2013 - Calgary’s Underwear Affair unveils new Booty Hunt to raise case for below the belt cancers
Underwear affair participants chipped though a block of ice in a race to unveil a ‘clue’. Enclosed in that clue was a promotion for registration. Sara Ly, was interviewed about the event exciting new component.


March 22, 2013Cancer patient navigators give helpful, guiding hand

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is placing specially trained nurses in all 15 community cancer facilities across the province to be cancer patient navigators, who help guide patients through their treatment, followup care and beyond.


March 2, 2013 - Calgarians bust a move to raise money for cancer research

The Alberta Cancer Foundation raised roughly $170,000 at its Bust A Move for Breast Health fundraiser at Calgary's Big Four Building this weekend.


September 1, 2012 - Unique fundraiser wraps up long journey in Edmonton
Every summer for the past three years, Wild Pink Yonder has taken a 23 day trail ride, stopping in 23 small towns along the way. It's all to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The journey wrapped up at the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre, Saturday morning.

The event was started by Hurl's mother, who went through breast cancer treatment in 2006. As a survivor, she wanted to do something to give back. Hurl says support for the ride grows bigger every year.


August 28, 2012 - Exploring exercise benefits for breast cancer patients

Researchers in Edmonton and Calgary want to recruit 1,500 breast cancer patients over the next decade to find out how exercise and fitness affects cancer survival and recovery. This is the first study of a group of breast cancer survivors that’s focused specifically on physical activity and fitness—how much exercise, the type of exercise, the pattern of exercise...


August 10, 2012 - High school student loves doing research that "could change the world"

“I really wanted to spend my summer doing something that would make a difference. The people I’m working with and the project I’m working on could literally change the world,” says Lal, a student from McNally High School in Edmonton. Her HYRS experience is funded by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.


August 1, 2012 - New machines to target tumours

Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Cancer Foundation are funding a $12-million initiative to place two linear accelerators, or linacs, at the Cross Cancer and one at Calgary's Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

The rotating machines are the first in the province to use RapidArc technology, which targets tumours using high-energy X-rays without doing significant damage to the healthy surrounding tissue.


July 25, 2012 - Cancer study looking for participants

The project, run by Alberta Health Services and funded by the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (administered by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions) and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, seeks to discover what leads to the development of cancer.“The primary purpose of the Tomorrow Project is to determine why some people develop cancer and others do not,” explains Heather Whelan, research manager for the Tomorrow Project.


February 7, 2012 - A new take on cirrhosis

Medical researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered that patients with a liver-scarring condition called cirrhosis who also have low muscle mass are more likely to die waiting for a liver transplant.


February 6, 2012 - The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

Alberta Cancer Foundation CEO Myka Osinchuk talks to CTV's Marni Kuhlman about how you can get involved.






Bejoy Thomas

“It's about understanding who the patient is and how to make them comfortable.”