Nanostics and Alberta Health Services collaborate to develop new diagnostic tools for urological diseases
Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog
by jrfernhout
3d ago
Nanostics and Alberta Health Services (AHS) agreement enables collaboration with AHS data scientists to develop new tools to improve the diagnosis of urological diseases. This collaboration will leverage Alberta’s comprehensive digital healthcare assets to improve patient care while satisfying all AHS privacy concerns EDMONTON, ALBERTA – April 9 – Nanostics Inc., a precision health company developing diagnostic tests with its ClarityDX® platform technology, is excited to announce a partnership with Cancer Care Alberta, Alberta Health Services (AHS) to leverage advanced data analytics from ..read more
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The Wonders of Water
Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog
by Olivia Piché
1w ago
Four water workouts that will benefit your health By: Olivia Piché Illustration by Emily Chu. Exercising in or on the water has an abundance of health benefits. Watery workouts can boost mental wellness, build strength, and improve lung and heart health. Andrew Chau is an aquatic therapist and kinesiologist at Leading Edge Physiotherapy, which has locations in Edmonton and St. Albert; Chau spends time working at all of them. He explains water can be used as a tool to improve one’s health, largely because of its buoyancy. Chau explains water’s buoyancy “allows muscles to move more efficiently ..read more
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Meet Bradley Drader
Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog
by Fabian Mayer
1w ago
In this Living with Cancer series, we capture the bravery, strength, honesty, hope and resilience of Albertans living with cancer As told to Fabian Mayer Photograph by Carmen Rae Photography. Bradley Drader, a retired secondary school teacher living just outside Drayton Valley, was first diagnosed with a rare form of adrenal cancer as an 18-month-old toddler in 1969. But, even after the tumour was removed, damage from the cancer to his adrenal and glandular systems meant Drader spent much of his childhood in and out of Edmonton hospitals to treat hormonal imbalances. Then, in 2008, as a marrie ..read more
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Screening and Testing for Colorectal Cancer
Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog
by Sean P. Young
1w ago
Dr. Darren Brenner is a cancer epidemiologist with the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. He breaks down how big data and precision screening initiatives are leading to dramatic drops in colorectal cancer diagnoses and deaths. By: Sean P. Young Illustration by Veronica Cowan. As a cancer epidemiologist, Dr. Darren Brenner describes his work as “using data analysis to understand the who, what, when, why and how of cancer risks and trends in screening.” While colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosis in Canada, it’s also had the fastest decline in the rate of n ..read more
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Hope For the Future
Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog
by Nathan Kunz
1w ago
Three veteran oncology professionals share where they found inspiration in their careers and what makes them hopeful for the future of cancer care in Alberta By: Nathan Kunz Photograph by Buffy Goodman.Dr. Robert Pearcey Professor emeritus at the University of Alberta; locum staff radiation oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute and Grande Prairie Cancer Centre Dr. Robert Pearcey moved to Edmonton from the United Kingdom in 1986. In the 38 years since, he’s acted as a champion of quality cancer care in Alberta and an advocate for patients across the country. Pearcey retired from his professo ..read more
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Scoring Hope 
Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog
by Michaela Ream
1w ago
Barrie Stafford shares how the Alberta Cancer Foundation impacted his cancer journey and how fundraising, like hockey, is a team effort  By: Michaela Ream Barrie Stafford is a board member with the Cure Cancer Foundation, which raises funds for the Cross Cancer Institute. Left to right: Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation executive director Myrna Khan, Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Lindsay Gilbert, Cross Cancer Institute’s executive director David Dyer and Barrie Stafford. Photograph courtesy OEG Sports & Entertainment. Before Barrie Stafford worked for the Edmonton Oilers organization ..read more
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Reducing Inequalities for Métis Albertans
Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog
by Stephanie Joe
1w ago
Andrea Sandmaier recognizes that cancer care isn’t equitable for Métis Albertans and helped direct the Métis Nation of Alberta’s Health Department to create a strategy that will change that   By: Stephanie Joe “We want to make sure that health-care providers know who we are and respect our cultural practices.” — Andrea Sandmaier. Photograph by Buffy Goodman. Andrea Sandmaier, president of the Otipemisiwak Métis Government of the Métis Nation within Alberta and previously the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), listened to her community and knew that cultural safety in cancer care wa ..read more
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Research Rockstar: Dr. Lindsay Rowe
Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog
by Keri Sweetman
1w ago
Dr. Lindsay Rowe researches how a new, cutting-edge imaging technique can lead to improved, more precise prostate cancer treatment  By: Keri Sweetman Dr. Lindsay Rowe conducts her PSMA-PET scan research out of the Cross Cancer Institute. Photograph by Ryan Parker. Dr. Lindsay Rowe doesn’t have to look far to find the motivation she needs to drive her cancer research forward. “It sounds cliché because I’m sure every doctor says this, but it’s my patients who motivate me,” says Rowe, a radiation oncologist and clinical researcher at the University of Alberta (U of A) and the Cross Cancer In ..read more
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Honouring Amir Manji
Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog
by Deja Leonard
1w ago
The Manji family’s generous gift is a celebration of Amir’s legacy and a testament to the quality cancer care he received   By: Déjà Leonard, written in collaboration with the Manji family Saker Manji with Nimisha Manji, one of her three daughters. Photograph by Tanya Plonka. Amir Manji cherished walks in the coulees behind his Lethbridge home, finding solace in the fresh air and exercise. During his time at Lethbridge’s Jack Ady Cancer Centre, Amir, eager for moments outside his hospital room, would join his family in the centre’s lobby for a change of scenery.  A particularly ..read more
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Bright Mind: Rammy Khadour
Alberta Cancer Foundation Blog
by Michaela Ream
1w ago
Rammy Khadour helps pave the way for new clinical trials in his critical, behind-the-scenes role at the Cross Cancer Institute By: Michaela Ream Photograph by John Ulan. Clinical trials are an essential step in finding new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Equally important is the hope they provide for patients and families by discovering new outcomes and new ways to save lives.  The chance to help improve patient lives is what drew Rammy Khadour, a lead project manager at the Cross Cancer Institute (the Cross), to a career supporting researchers and investigators, providing them ..read more
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