Quality of Life

We prioritize based on the potential to lead to progress on our strategic goals of Earlier Detection, Quality of Life, Better Prevention and Improved Treatment.

See the progress we’ve made in the area of quality of life:

Changing the management of Prostate Cancer

Dr. John Lewis announces a new and non-invasive blood test called ClarityDx which can detect prostate cancer 40% more accurately than current Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing.

A simple blood test that has the ability to accurately identify which patients require treatment for prostate cancer has the potential to improve patients’ treatment success and quality of life, while saving significant health-care system costs.

The most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in men – prostate cancer will affect one in six in their lifetime. If caught early, the survival rate for localized, non-aggressive prostate cancer is 99 per cent however many men are currently being diagnosed and receiving treatment without actually needing it. Thanks to your support, progress is being made in the lab of the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Frank and Carla Sojonky Chair in Prostate Cancer Research held by Dr. John Lewis at the University of Alberta.

Without the support of Alberta Cancer Foundation donors, advanced screening would never have the opportunity to make it from the lab to the bedside of patients.

- Dr. John Lewis

A Groundbreaking Discovery in Head and Neck Cancer Treatment

After life-saving surgery for head and neck cancer, the physical alterations to a patient’s face can be devastating. A dream team of scientists in Alberta have made a groundbreaking discovery that will allow patients to receive customized nasal reconstructions using their own cells. This progress is possible, because of you.

While a majority of head and neck cancer is treatable, the effects of the disease and subsequent treatment can lead to loss of function and disfigurement.

As such a prominent feature, deformities to the nose are difficult to conceal which can lead to much emotional distress. Currently, to rebuild a nose, surgeons must perform an invasive surgery – that can take up to 12 hours – where cartilage is taken from another site on a patient’s body and reconstructed in real time.

We are taking parts from other areas in the body that are only meant to be used in those original parts. We can do it but it comes with a cost. But what we have come up with is to make cartilage that is biologically identical to the patient’s so we will be able to eliminate other morbidities and poor outcomes they currently face.

Dr. Khalid Ansari, associate professor of surgery at the University of Alberta

Together we can continue to provide Albertans with the best possible treatment and care available.