The BC Cancer Foundation’s Hope Couture fashion show and luncheon is raising funds to bring a cutting-edge pancreatic rapid access clinic to BC Cancer – Vancouver, which will help reduce the time elapsed between diagnosis and the start of treatment.
The clinic will allow patients to be seen by specialists in a single day, where testing is expedited, cutting-edge genetic profiling is performed straight away, leading to tailored therapies for each individual patient, and the clinical research team can discuss potential experimental treatment options.
This year, more than 800 British Columbians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It's projected that out of those 800 people, only 10 per cent (or 80 people) will live five years. It’s a disease that is difficult to detect at an early stage and is often resistant to treatment.