PEDIATRIC CANCER

WE ARE ON THE CUSP OF CURING MORE CHILDREN

Child with cancerEach year, 130 children in B.C. under the age of 17 are diagnosed with cancer.

Today, these children are treated with chemotherapy, surgery and/or radiation, each of which can be associated with significant side effects.

However, with you, BC Cancer can develop effective treatments with fewer side effects for the most aggressive childhood cancers.

Now is the time for us to invest in tomorrow’s cures.

THE PROMISE OF IMMUNE-BASED TREATMENT

Immunotherapy harnesses the power of a patient’s own immune system to target their cancer. Already, immunotherapies have revolutionized outcomes for adults facing melanoma, blood cancers and lung cancer.

We can do more.

Today, you can fuel BC Cancer’s pediatric research team as they work to identify targets and develop immune-based treatments that are precise, less toxic, and, most importantly, highly effective.

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INVESTING IN WORLD LEADERS WILL CHANGE OUTCOMES

BC Cancer Distinguished Scientist Dr. Poul Sorensen, is a global leader in childhood cancer discoveries.

Dr. Sorensen’s lab has discovered many new disease-causing genetic alterations in childhood cancer resulting in new tests and a critical new understanding of how to target proteins involved in cancer development.

He discovered a gene mutation in a rare pediatric cancer that led to the development of highly effective new drug that targets at least 25 different types of cancer.

Dr. Sorensen’s lab is exceptionally well positioned to lead the discovery of game-changing targets and therapies for childhood cancers.

"We know little about the groups of diseases that are the most aggressive and most difficult to treat, so it makes sense to focus on those areas of research and ask tough questions regardless of how challenging it may be to get the answers. I hope we can continue to find new and better therapies for pediatric patients, and show how childhood cancers can be a portal to a greater understanding of adult cancers as well. Donors to the BC Cancer Foundation will continue to be vital in our mission to do so." - Dr. Poul Sorenson

WE CAN BRING NEW SOLUTIONS TO CHILDREN WHO NEED THEM

Every day, children face serious complications from current treatments. And, if those treatments fail, and the cancer recurs, the prognosis is grim.

Together, we can change this story.

Dr. Sorensen’s team, along with their global network, has set a bold goal to deliver 5-10 new targets and immunotherapy treatments each year.

This means a steady stream of highly targeted new immunotherapy treatments will be on the way for children running out of options.

You can drive this momentum, providing new hope and new cures.

WE ARE CENTRAL IN A NETWORK OF GLOBAL GAME-CHANGERS

BC Cancer’s team is embedded in two critical global networks with a deep focus on collaboration to fund rapid development of new immunotherapy solutions:

- The Pediatric Immunotherapy Discovery and Development Network
- Stand Up 2 Cancer - St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Cancer Dream Team

Dr. Sorensen is the Vancouver leader of this prestigious network, which includes many of North America’s top institutions.

Together, these networks will speed up the development of immunotherapies for childhood cancers.

To learn more about childhood cancer research at BC Cancer, click here.