The future of personalized cancer treatment is on its way

BC Cancer Agency will launch innovative immunotherapy clinical trials beginning in 2017

Sponsored by BC Cancer Foundation | Impress Branded Content

After more than a decade of laboratory research, a revolutionary approach to cancer treatment is set to launch in British Columbia with clinical trials beginning early in the new year.

Dr. Brad Nelson, director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Deeley Research Centre in Victoria, and his colleagues are joining forces with experts at the BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver to deliver truly personalized immunotherapy to patients across the province.

Immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to help combat cancer. T cells are the immune cells that circulate through the body searching for diseased cells to eliminate. In this case, the concept is to collect, activate, and expand a patient’s own cancer-fighting T cells and infuse large numbers of them back into the patient’s bloodstream.

Once in circulation, the T cells are expected to recognize and destroy cancer cells throughout the body, thereby “super charging” the patient’s immune response to their cancer.

The Deeley Research Centre is just one of three labs in Canada focusing on T cell immunotherapy, and is globally recognized for its work on ovarian cancer.

Thanks to the generous support of BC Cancer Foundation donors, the state-of-the-art Conconi Family Immunotherapy Lab at the BC Cancer Agency’s Deeley Research Centre will allow the research team to grow large numbers of potent, high quality T cells for re-infusion in patients participating in the upcoming clinical trials.

“T cell therapy is the most exciting development I have seen in my career, and research in this area has produced fantastic results,” says Dr. Nelson.

“Initial trials will focus on cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancer. With further support, we hope to extend our work to blood cancers, where genetic engineering will be used to give the T cells an extra boost in their power and precision.”

To help support the next round of trials for leukemia and lymphoma on Vancouver Island, please contact: Alyssa Grace, senior director, development – 250.519.5554 or 1.866.519.5550, or alyssa.grace@bccancer.bc.ca

To learn more about immunotherapy, please visit: bccancerfoundation.com/immunotherapy

Just Posted

Surrey Hospice event to open dialogue about ‘living and dying well’

‘We all have a right to our wishes’ says Surrey Hospice director

OUR VIEW: Surrey’s growing pains keep nagging neighbours

Environmental and land development issues could be big factor in Surrey civic election

Four years for manslaughter in Surrey drive-by shooting

Mahdi Halane was rendered a quadriplegic until his death in hospital six years later at age 24.

Garage sale brings out some unusual characters such as Langley’s Holly Zonneveld

A gaggle of comedic individuals unite in Surrey Little Theatre’s latest production.

Author at Surrey event glad to have book published ‘before reality totally overtakes fiction’

Ari Goelman, a business and criminology instructor, speaks at KPU Reads gathering Jan. 22

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Canada, U.S. lead call for sanctions against North Korea

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces engagement

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh engaged to clothing designer Gurkiran Kaur

Hijab-cutting case highlights ethical issues with putting kids in spotlight

A Toronto police investigation has concluded a girl’s hijab was not cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school

Change in politics, society on sexual misconduct ‘not fast enough,’ says Trudeau

Trudeau says society still lagging behind the systemic changes he is trying to make when it comes to preventing and responding to sexual harassment

Bank of Canada to make interest rate decision today

Economists widely believe that based on the economic environment, it’s likely interest rates will rise today

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

Most Read