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

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blanked by Portland Winterhawks

Saturday’s 2-0 setback marks first regulation loss for G-Men in 10 games

Proposal to ban pot dispensaries in White Rock would affect Langley businessman

Randy Caine and partners hope to open dispensaries once laws are changed

VIDEO: Remember the Voyageurs at Fort Langley

Two-day historical festival underway

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

Fraser Health asking taxpayers for millions more in health care capital funding

Health authority wants Fraser Valley taxpayers to triple annual contribution to $5.75 million

Mom delivers plastic mats to Langley’s homeless

Jenifer Kosman fashions sleeping mats from plastic grocery bags

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Most Read