Helping Albertans facing cancer immediately.
CANCER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Because of you, the foundation helped thousands of Albertans through our Patient Financial Assistance Program and Patient Navigator Programs (including the Adolescent and Young Adult Navigator and Indigenous Navigator Programs) to help Albertans going through financial difficulties, as well as those finding difficulties navigating a complex cancer system.
Because of donors who gave to the Albertans Helping Albertans Fund, we could be flexible and adapt as urgent needs emerged. Priorities like the Text4Hope Campaign where the foundation proudly partnered with our friends at The Mental Health Foundation, Calgary Health Trust, the University Hospital Foundation, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation to support this important mental health initiative.
As the effect of this global pandemic continued to evolve for Albertans, the needs of cancer patients province-wide continued to increase. The Alberta Cancer Foundation was grateful to have received a generous grant in partnership between The Government of Canada COVID-19 ECSF and United Way Alberta Northwest (and other chapters across the province) support our COVID-19 Psychosocial Emergency Response Program who helped cancer patients and their families with things like grocery gift cards.
In 2020, when there were so many unknowns, people were nervous to visit the doctor’s office, so many of them stayed home. That meant cancer diagnoses were down. Early detection is important. It was critical to get the message out to Albertans that visiting the doctor was safe and to know their body, listen to their symptoms and see their doctor. In partnership with AHS, Alberta Health and Cancer Care Alberta, we helped launch a province-wide campaign called “Listen to Your Body.”
Improving treatments for tomorrow.
MADE-IN ALBERTA CLINICIAL TRIALS
Clinical trials are the foundation to every new medical advancement and are one of the core programs our donors support. Here in Alberta, our investigators lead the way in accruing patients, in attracting industry support and in launching revolutionary trials.
Here are just two examples of IITs launched in 2020.
- Dr. Kurian Joseph with the University of Alberta and Radiation Oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute launched phase II of a trial that identifies whether combined radiotherapy and vertebroplasty improves the quality of life for patients with painful, metastatic localized spinal lesions. This trial aims to help patients who experience severe pain which also leads to avoiding and minimizing the need for opioids.
- Dr. Jan Storek of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary launched phase II of a study to evaluate graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis which can cause very poor quality of life — or worse — for patients after blood or bone marrow transplantation. The project will study different doses and treatment combinations to learn what will reduce the incidence of significant GVHD and improve survival, free of relapse and improve quality of life for patients.
The foundation was also able to help launch a new biorepository that will allow for the long-term preservation of positive COVID-19 samples in the province. This biobank enables Alberta’s world-class researchers local access to the biological material they need to further study the virus. Alberta Cancer Foundation donors have seen the important part biorepositories have played here in our province to help advance cancer research through the Alberta Cancer Research Biorepository and Tumour Bank.
Read more about clinical trials at albertacancer.ca/clinical-trials