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Accelerating breakthroughs and bringing results to patients

As the fundraising partner with the 17 cancer centres in Alberta, including the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary – the Alberta Cancer Foundation really understands patients and their families. Through our partnership with the cancer centres, we are uniquely positioned to accelerate breakthroughs and bring results to patients faster.

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We are proud to serve Albertans wherever they are. As well as being a fundraising partner for the cancer centres, we also have offices within the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

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Tom Baker Cancer Centre

1331 29 ST NW Calgary, AB T2N 4N2Telephone: 403-521-3433

The Tom Baker Cancer Centre is southern Alberta’s own tertiary cancer centre and a leader in innovative cancer research, prevention, treatment and care initiatives across the province and beyond.

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As one of 17 cancer centres directly supported by the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre has been redefining the future of cancer in Alberta since its inception in 1981.

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Thanks to our donors, Calgary is a global leader in the treatment of glioblastoma. A dream team of the brightest minds in brain cancer research are harnessing their talents and technologies to find new treatments for glioblastoma, the most common and deadly form of brain cancer affecting 2,600 Canadians annually. Despite this form of cancer being difficult to treat, scientists in Calgary are already making major gains. Their work has translated into improved quality of life, and extended survival for cancer patients in southern Alberta. Today, Albertans receiving treatment exceed the median life expectancy by an average of 14 months. The Alberta Cancer Foundation helped achieve another first for Alberta with an investment in the Permanent Breast Seed Implant Project, also known as breast brachytherapy. Oncologists at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre are now performing an innovative breast cancer treatment that uses implanted radioactive seeds, each the size of a grain of rice, to eradicate remaining cancer cells weeks after the removal of a tumour. Instead of enduring daily radiation treatment for weeks and requiring multiple hospital visits, breast brachytherapy is one-day procedure with reduced side effects. Last year, more than 24,000 patients received treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. For many facing cancer and their families, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre will forever hold a special place in their hearts for the compassionate care they received during their cancer journey. With the support of generous Albertans like you, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre can continue pushing for accelerated change, progress and above all, results.

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Cross Cancer Institute

11560 University AVE NW Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2Telephone: 780-432-8500

The Cross Cancer Institute is northern Alberta’s only comprehensive cancer centre and a leader in innovative cancer research, prevention, treatment and care initiatives across the province and beyond.

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As one of 17 cancer centres directly supported by the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Cross Cancer Institute has been redefining the future of cancer in Alberta since its inception in September 1968.

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Thanks to our donors, the Cross Cancer Institute is now home to two state-of-the-art PET/CT scanners that are making waves in cancer screening and treatment for Albertans. These new generation scanners are capable of providing high-resolution images, are valuable early detection tools in spotting much smaller tumours than previously possible, which is vital in impacting the course of treatment for many types of cancer. Compared to conventional scanners, the new PET/CT technology can screen three times as many patients, which means earlier detection, better treatment options and more positive patient outcomes. Cross Cancer Institute donations have directly funded the Institute’s world-class tumour bank, which is home to thousands of priceless specimens accessible to researchers across the province and the world that will contribute to future research productivity. One example of the tumour bank’s importance came when a team that included the Cross Cancer Institute’s Dr. Sambasivaro Damaraju and Dr. John Mackey decoded the complex genetic makeup of the hard-to-treat, deadliest form of breast cancer, paving the way for developing new drugs and more effective treatments. Last year, more than 21,700 patients received treatment at the Cross Cancer Institute. For many facing cancer and their families, the Cross Cancer Institute will forever hold a special place in their hearts for the compassionate care they received during their cancer journey. With the support of generous donations from people like you, the Cross Cancer Institute can continue pushing for accelerated change, progress and above all, results.

The Alberta Cancer Foundation is proud to continue investing in local and regional cancer centres to power change and accelerate discovery right here at home.

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Cancer doesn’t discriminate by geography, and Albertans across the province are facing this disease every day. Thanks to investments made by our donors, we can provide support to all cancer centres in Alberta, so that patients receive excellence in care and the majority of treatments within 100 km of their home. World-class equipment, technology and personnel in these centres are changing the lives of patients facing cancer as well as their families.

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