Novel program tests for genetic link to deadly cancer
A new program piloted by BC Cancer can detect if you’re genetically predisposed to be at risk for developing one of the deadliest cancers known today.
The Familial Pancreatic Cancer Program was established this past year thanks in part to generous support from the Glotman-Simpson Cypress Challenge. The goal is to empower families facing pancreatic cancer to take charge of their futures, says Dr. Kasmintan Schrader, program lead.
For the Heppell family, who have lost several family members to pancreatic cancer, the need for programs such as FPCP cannot be understated.
“The more we know about this cancer, including whether we are genetically predisposed to it, will help researchers and clinicians discover better treatments.”
This 2017 Cypress Challenge - the largest fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research in Canada - will take place this Sunday, on Aug. 13 in memory of Gary Heppell.