These are some of the ways Silstar Foundation has supported financially and raised awareness to the importance of early detection in Lung Cancer Diagnosis.
- The number of people being diagnosed with cancer is rising in Canada and globally.
- Two in five Canadians can expect to receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes; that will only increase as our population ages.
- While we need to do more to prevent cancer from developing in the first place, we also need to catch it earlier.
IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DETECTION
- Fortunately, The Princess Margaret has taken on the challenge of developing innovative, early detection technologies. In fact, early detection is one of our four main research pillars.
- Dr. Raymond Kim is Director, Cancer Early Detection at the Bhalwani Familial Cancer Clinic, Princess Margaret Hospital.
- We need to stop cancer in its tracks before symptoms present.
- Early detection research has largely been supported by philanthropy.
IMPACT OF EARLY DETECTION
- Advanced cancers are nearly impossible to cure.
- By catching cancer early, we have a better chance of saving lives.
- Research shows that early detection increases the cure rate from five to ten-fold for some cancers.
- It can also help patients avoid toxic chemotherapies and high- dose radiation, both of which can lead to harsh side effects.
EXAMPLES OF EARLY DETECTION
- The Princess Margaret is at the forefront of new methods to find the disease sooner than ever before, sometimes before symptoms even appear.
- Our team of experts has created a mathematical model that predicts brain metastases.
We are particularly excited and motivated with the great progress made with CHARM, an international study, they are establishing a non- invasive blood test called a liquid biopsy test to detect tumours in patients with hereditary cancers. The test will help detect developing cancer early in all at-risk organs and trigger personalized clinical follow-ups to better monitor patients in need.
- The Princess Margaret is also a leader in hereditary cancer genetic testing with initiatives such as UNIFY, a first-in-Canada program offering free genetic testing to every patient with breast cancer at the Cancer Centre.
- Such testing can show whether a patient’s cancer has been caused by close to 70 genetic mutations, including BRCA 1 and 2. These genes were made famous by actress Angelina Jolie, a BRCA1 mutation carrier, when she shared her decision to have a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.
- Genetic information not only provides valuable insights to an individual patient, but can also have a broader, life-saving impact for their family. It can help identify at-risk relatives, providing children, siblings, and parents with an opportunity to understand their own cancer risk and management options – such as active surveillance to catch the cancer as early as possible.
- Importantly, what our experts learn from hereditary cancers and early detection can have applications for other cancers at all stages, saving lives and keeping families together.
- These insights are helping us to achieve our vision of conquering cancer in our lifetime, one breakthrough at a time.
Learn how Princess Margaret Hospital is transforming care for patients with lung cancer by visiting www.thePMCF.ca for more information