From Shamin Salemohamed, Hygienist and Co-chair of the Oral Cancer Patient Advocacy Group:
"I have been working for the oral oncology department at the BC Cancer Agency for many years. Working closely with specialists and researchers at the BC Cancer Agenct has made me realize how much improvement has been made in early detection and treatment of oral cancer in premalgnant patients".
The Need for orCaPAGe to encourage patients, empower clinicians, and enable public voices
Speaking to many of the patients, we realized that an oral cancer patient support group was disturbingly missing in British Columbia. Many patients feel lost when they hear the "C" word. Fear of the unknown has raised a lot of anxiety in these patients. Together with leading oral medicine specialists, we have recently formed a new Oral Cancer Patient Advocacy Group (OrCaPAGe) which promises to encourage patients, empower clinicians, and enable public voices.
As a starting point, we plan to organize patient to patient support groups and education nights with leading oral disease scientists and clinicians to inform and empower patients. Over 4,100 Canadians are diagnosed each year with oral cancer. Though many are successfully treated and live a healthy life, too many miss the chance to do so because they do not get the support they need.
Your support of the OrCaPAGe group will allow us to continue oral cancer research to benefit all patients. As the co-chair of OrCaPAGE, I am earnestly inviting you to help me with this great cause.
BC Cancer Foundation
The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the fundraising partner of BC Cancer and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in BC. We fund with the goal of finding solutions. As an indepenedent charitable organization, we raise funds exclusively for BC Cancer that support innovative cancer research and compassionate enhancements to patient care.