Cancer

This microscope image made available by the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research in 2015 shows human colon cancer cells with the nuclei stained red. Sales of medications to treat cancer have nearly tripled in Canada over the past decade, reaching $3.9 billion last year, a report by a federal agency says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, AP, NCI Center for Cancer Research

Cost for cancer-fighting drugs triples in Canada but still no national drug plan

Medicines with 28-day treatment costs exceeding $7,500 made up 43 per cent of private plan oncology drug costs

This microscope image made available by the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research in 2015 shows human colon cancer cells with the nuclei stained red. Sales of medications to treat cancer have nearly tripled in Canada over the past decade, reaching $3.9 billion last year, a report by a federal agency says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, AP, NCI Center for Cancer Research
Kimberly Berger poses for a photo with her son, Jonah, 12, in this undated handout photo. Berger and her son travelled to Seattle, Wash., last February where he underwent proton beam therapy for a brain tumour at a private clinic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Kimberly Berger *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Experts, national parents group, call for specialized proton therapy clinic in Canada

Proton radiotherapy uses a beam of protons to irradiate cancerous tissue in children and adults

Kimberly Berger poses for a photo with her son, Jonah, 12, in this undated handout photo. Berger and her son travelled to Seattle, Wash., last February where he underwent proton beam therapy for a brain tumour at a private clinic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Kimberly Berger *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Abbotsford’s Jacob Bredenhof (right) rides with Darrell Fox between Abbotsford and Hope on Sept. 19, 2020. (Submitted photo)

Young Abbotsford cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

Abbotsford’s Jacob Bredenhof (right) rides with Darrell Fox between Abbotsford and Hope on Sept. 19, 2020. (Submitted photo)
FILE – British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks during an announcement about a new regional cancer centre, in Surrey, B.C., on August 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE – British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks during an announcement about a new regional cancer centre, in Surrey, B.C., on August 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Google Doodle unveils illustration of Terry Fox on anniversary of first run

Google Doodle unveils illustration of Terry Fox on anniversary of first run

Doodle was created by Canadian artist Lynn Scurfield

Google Doodle unveils illustration of Terry Fox on anniversary of first run
FILE - This July 21, 2014 file photo shows actor Chadwick Boseman posing for a portrait in New York. Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)

Chadwick Boseman’s death leaves saddening mark on rough 2020

The actor died at the age of 43 in his home in Los Angeles after he privately battled colon cancer for four years

FILE - This July 21, 2014 file photo shows actor Chadwick Boseman posing for a portrait in New York. Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)
A member of Team Brainiacs flashes the peace sign as he and others cross the Keith Wilson Bridge during the 225-kilometre Ride to Conquer Cancer which rolled through Chilliwack in 2019. The 11th annual ride started in Cloverdale Saturday morning and ended in Hope Sunday afternoon with more than 2,100 cyclists taking part. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Cancer ride goes virtual, with solo and small group rides happening this weekend

Solo cyclists, small groups replace the 2,000 which would have rolled through Hope this weekend

A member of Team Brainiacs flashes the peace sign as he and others cross the Keith Wilson Bridge during the 225-kilometre Ride to Conquer Cancer which rolled through Chilliwack in 2019. The 11th annual ride started in Cloverdale Saturday morning and ended in Hope Sunday afternoon with more than 2,100 cyclists taking part. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
VIDEO: Wings and Wheels kicks into gear to raise funds for fighting breast cancer

VIDEO: Wings and Wheels kicks into gear to raise funds for fighting breast cancer

100% of proceeds from drive-thru car show at Tradex in Abbotsford to be donated

VIDEO: Wings and Wheels kicks into gear to raise funds for fighting breast cancer
Dr. Iris Lesser has been involved in several studies looking at the correlation between exercise and the mental wellbeing of cancer survivors, including one called Take A Hike, which was led by a UFV student in the fall of 2019. (UFV photo)

Cancer survivor study looking at connection to outdoor exercise needs more participants

Online study researching ways to provide better physical activity programs for cancer survivors

Dr. Iris Lesser has been involved in several studies looking at the correlation between exercise and the mental wellbeing of cancer survivors, including one called Take A Hike, which was led by a UFV student in the fall of 2019. (UFV photo)
Alex Trebek says if current cancer treatment doesn’t work, it might be his last

Alex Trebek says if current cancer treatment doesn’t work, it might be his last

‘Jeopardy!’ host reveals toll cancer has taken on him in new memoir

Alex Trebek says if current cancer treatment doesn’t work, it might be his last
An online talk is being hosted for people living with cancer and their supporters, focusing on the benefits of exercising through cancer treatment. The event takes place on Zoom and requires registration, on July 15, 2020. (Photo from Metro Creative Connection)

Exercise and cancer to be explored via webinar

UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser to lead Zoom event for cancer patients and supporters

An online talk is being hosted for people living with cancer and their supporters, focusing on the benefits of exercising through cancer treatment. The event takes place on Zoom and requires registration, on July 15, 2020. (Photo from Metro Creative Connection)
Jeremy Chow’s priority was taking care of his family, says a close friend. The Saanich man died on May 30 from acute myeloid leukemia. The Chow family fought for more than two years to find a stem cell donor for Jeremy, who was of mixed Asian and European genetics. (Facebook/Match4Jeremy)
Jeremy Chow’s priority was taking care of his family, says a close friend. The Saanich man died on May 30 from acute myeloid leukemia. The Chow family fought for more than two years to find a stem cell donor for Jeremy, who was of mixed Asian and European genetics. (Facebook/Match4Jeremy)
People take part in the Father’s Day Walk Run for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC in Chilliwack on June 21, 2015. This year’s event will be a virtual one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Progress file)

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

People take part in the Father’s Day Walk Run for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC in Chilliwack on June 21, 2015. This year’s event will be a virtual one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Progress file)
Groundbreaking clinical trial saves B.C. woman’s life

Groundbreaking clinical trial saves B.C. woman’s life

BC Cancer Foundation donors essential for current and future research

  • May 18, 2020
Groundbreaking clinical trial saves B.C. woman’s life
Mother’s Day sweetened by daughter’s cancer-free results

Mother’s Day sweetened by daughter’s cancer-free results

Help change outcomes for patients with blood cancers like Morgan

  • May 4, 2020
Mother’s Day sweetened by daughter’s cancer-free results
Hope rider, Steve Wilson (fifth from left) and seven of his Brainiacs team completed a training ride from Rosedale to Hope, via Agassiz and back, in preparation for the Ride to Conquer Cancer last year. Submitted photo

B.C.’s Ride to Conquer Cancer postponed until 2021

2,100 riders had signed up for the massive annual fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation

Hope rider, Steve Wilson (fifth from left) and seven of his Brainiacs team completed a training ride from Rosedale to Hope, via Agassiz and back, in preparation for the Ride to Conquer Cancer last year. Submitted photo
Ethan Fleming is fighting cancer for the second time in his life. He is about to undergo a stem cell transplant, with cells harvested from his 17-year-old sister. (Submitted photo)

B.C. teen donating stem cells for brother’s second fight with cancer

Chilliwack’s Fleming family appealing to the public to look into stem cell donation

Ethan Fleming is fighting cancer for the second time in his life. He is about to undergo a stem cell transplant, with cells harvested from his 17-year-old sister. (Submitted photo)
Cancer patients urged to keep all appointments, if possible, despite COVID-19

Cancer patients urged to keep all appointments, if possible, despite COVID-19

While coronavirus presents higher risk to immune compromised, cancer treatment remains important

Cancer patients urged to keep all appointments, if possible, despite COVID-19
View Royal Firefighters Jake Haymes (left), Jon Swick, Riley Leach, Matt Hamilton, Drew Coleman (Climb 2020 Team Captain), and Joey Drolet climbed the wall in Vancouver in support of the BC Lung Association. (File contributed/BC Lung Association)

Hundreds of B.C. firefighters ‘climb the wall’ for BC Lung Association

The charity fundraiser saw participants climbing up 48 storeys

View Royal Firefighters Jake Haymes (left), Jon Swick, Riley Leach, Matt Hamilton, Drew Coleman (Climb 2020 Team Captain), and Joey Drolet climbed the wall in Vancouver in support of the BC Lung Association. (File contributed/BC Lung Association)
Ron Phippen in the T-shirt his fiancée Lori Roberts met him in. Phippen died suddenly of melanoma on Jan. 18, 2020 but then a month later a bag of his T-shirts destined for a memorial blanket was stolen in Chilliwack. (Facebook)

B.C. widow ‘crushed’ over stolen T-shirts meant for memorial blanket

Lori Roberts lost her fiancé one month ago Tuesday now she’s lost almost all she had left of him

Ron Phippen in the T-shirt his fiancée Lori Roberts met him in. Phippen died suddenly of melanoma on Jan. 18, 2020 but then a month later a bag of his T-shirts destined for a memorial blanket was stolen in Chilliwack. (Facebook)