Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Report to the Community

Two Decades of Helping Families

Cancer is our focus. YOU are our priority.

Two decades ago, cancer was a very tough subject to talk about. In fact, most people were afraid to discuss it, and had a hard time coming to terms with the realities of the disease. Today, more and more people are surviving the disease, and the focus is placed on each person as they experience cancer, and how to best meet their needs during and post treatment.

Celebrating 20 years in our community, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation has seen the conversation about cancer shift. Today, researchers are talking more about the future of treating cancer as a chronic disease that in some cases, can be prevented, treated and controlled.

This is all made possible thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors. Since 1995, we, with our donors, have invested close to $60 million into projects that directly benefit local families. These are projects that help reduce wait times for diagnosis and treatment and provide care closer to home. The projects include the expansion of the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre; the development of the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre at the Queensway Carleton Hospital; the purchase of state-of-the-art

equipment like the da Vinci Surgical System and the CyberKnife; the activation of cancer care sites at a number of area hospitals, including Winchester, Pembroke and Arnprior. Along with that, we have invested in innovation in cancer research and the regional clinical trials programs, giving local cancer patients access to the latest new therapies and treatment options.

At the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, we are here to help. Cancer care IS our focus each and every day – and we are incredibly proud to have pioneered Cancer Coaching, a new personal care model that is focused on the whole person. Our priority is you, who you are, and what matters most to you.

Over the last 20 years we have invested in projects and programs that are helping EVERY person who is diagnosed with cancer in our community. This has been possible because of the incredible generosity of our community. You have rallied your family and friends to walk, run, sell lemonade, golf, exercise and make a donation on our behalf, and for that we are extremely grateful. On behalf of the thousands of families touched by cancer, THANK YOU for being champions for local cancer care.

Linda Eagen,
Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
President and CEO

“You have cancer.”
Did I hear that right?

2 in 5 Canadians
(45% of men and 41% of women)
are expected to develop cancer during their lifetimes.


Each year 6,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed in our community.


Each year 30,000 people undergo cancer treatment in our community.

Cancer Coaching


It’s a word that terrifies, evokes fear and uncertainty, and turns your world upside down.

It’s a constant source of stress and anxiety – you worry about what is going to happen to you, and to those closest to you.

You try to find the words to tell your loves ones that you have cancer – a disease that could one day claim your life. You worry how your family is going to react to the news, and how you will be able to cope financially while you are undergoing treatment. You have questions, endless questions, and you are constantly searching for answers. You need to talk to someone who understands and can help you find those answers you desperately need. You need to know that you’re not alone.

From the first moment that you hear those words ‘you have cancer’ through your treatment and beyond, our Cancer Coaches are here for you. Our Coaches can help you and your family better understand your diagnosis and your treatment options, help you cope with side effects and other symptoms, manage lifestyle changes, connect you with resources in the community, manage return to work issues, provide you with emotional and spiritual support, deal with bereavement and provide support to caregivers.

Cancer Coaching can help you improve your quality of life and help you regain a sense of control over your health and wellbeing.

Cancer Coaching Impact – 2014

I’m ready
to tell my kids about my cancer in a way that they’ll be able to understand.
I can better help myself.

World-Class Treatment – Made Possible by YOU

Clinical trials help save lives. Thanks to our generous donors, the Cancer Foundation is one of the only organizations funding local cancer clinical trials, ensuring this life-saving program is available to families in our community. Donor support has allowed the Cancer Foundation to support every cancer clinical trial that has opened in Ottawa in the last six years.

Cancer clinical trials are research studies where scientists take new therapies or new drug treatments or protocols – and apply those in the clinic today for patients who are battling cancer. They give doctors the opportunity to test out new drug therapies and new methods of treatment that are less invasive and have fewer side effects. Physicians follow patients throughout the trial to ensure the new treatment options are safe and effective. If the treatment or method is found to have a positive impact and meets the criteria, it eventually becomes standard of care for all cancer patients.

For cancer patients, a clinical trial may offer new hope for reducing the impacts of the disease, extend their lives by months or even years, or in some cases, see the disease disappear.

Here in Ottawa, we are fortunate to be developing a centre of excellence for clinical trials. This distinction gives local patients the opportunity to be part of the very latest treatment options. Your support funds clinical trials that are finding better ways to treat many different types of cancer, from the most common – such as breast, prostate and lung cancer – to glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer.

All cancer treatments and protocols that doctors are using today were at one point developed and tested in clinical trials.

“Clinical trials help save lives. I see patients every week on clinical trials in the Cancer Centre – and these drugs, in some instances, will form the gold standard for the next generation.”

Dr. Paul Wheatley-Price, Medical Oncologist
— The Ottawa Hospital

Investing in Research that is Bringing Us One Step Closer to a Cure

Cancer is a complex disease that scientists are still working to understand. Improvements in technology have allowed scientists here in Ottawa and around the globe to collaborate on their studies – and the results are exciting and inspire hope. Each and every day, thousands of lives are saved because of cancer research.

Cancer Foundation donors believe in the power of research and the future of personalized care for the patient. With donor support, the Cancer Foundation dedicates millions of dollars each year towards innovative projects that show incredible promise and may one day be the future of cancer treatment.

Research is essential to transforming cancer care with personalized treatment and targeted therapies. By providing ongoing funding, we ensure that scientists in Ottawa have the resources they need to bring their discoveries from bench to

bedside, conducting world-class research and designing new therapies to save and extend the lives of local cancer patients.

Today, in local labs, cancer researchers like Dr. John Bell and his team are working on exciting projects that are showing incredibly promising results.

For two decades, Dr. Bell has been developing the oncolytic virus, a virus that attacks and kills cancerous cells and leaves the healthy cells intact.

The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is proud to be one of the founding partners in this innovative research project, giving Dr. Bell the initial $25,000 to begin his research in 2000 and continuing to support his work over the last 15 years with millions of dollars in grants.

“We are trying to develop therapies that we believe will cure patients of their disease. It’s not going to prevent the cancers from coming, those are, I think, an inevitability because of our society and our aging population. But what we think we can do is develop therapies that will actually eliminate the cancer from their bodies and keep it away for a long time, hopefully forever and hopefully cure each of those patients. I feel very confident that some of the patients we are going to treat over the next five years are going to be people who are cured of their disease.”

Dr. John Bell, Sr. Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute & University of Ottawa
Cancer Champion, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

I feel so lucky
that I was able to be part of a clinical trial right here in Ottawa. I get treatment that’s best for my cancer &
my life

CommunityACTION  2020

Our goals for the future are:

Cancer Foundation By The Numbers - 2014


The Cancer Foundation is focused on improving local cancer care, and we invest your donor dollars in programs and projects that directly help cancer patients and their families, right here at home.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we increased our program and grant spending to $4,568,225, nearly 18% higher than the previous year. Thank You!

Here’s how your dollars are making a difference in our community. Click on each row to learn more:

Cancer Research $1,830,817
Cancer Coaching $1,393,177
Cancer Clinical Trials $505,249
Expansion of Local Cancer Services
(Hospitals & Partner Groups)
State-of-the-art Equipment $348,852

Source: 2013/2014 Fiscal Year

Board of Directors

Cancer Champions Campaign

$20 Million in Three Years

Nearly half of the population (2 in 5 Canadians) is expected to develop cancer during their lifetimes.

Thanks to better treatments, education, screening and early detection, more people are surviving cancer.

This increase in cancer survivorship means more and more people will need access to Cancer Coaching.

To ensure every family facing cancer has the resources they need during an incredibly difficult time, it’s important that we continue to invest in regional cancer services, research and

clinical trials to help provide the very best cancer care right here in our community.

Over the next three years, the Cancer Champions Campaign will be the driving force for transforming local cancer care. Our goal is to help improve cancer survivorship and empower cancer patients and their families to be active in decisions about their treatment and post-treatment recovery.

How are we going to do it? With your help, we will raise $20 million that will directly benefit local cancer patients and their families.


Your role as a supporter of innovative cancer care in our community is critical. Together, we will create a team of Cancer Champions. We invite you to join with others who are ensuring that, when cancer hits close to home, we have a strong group of champions who will do battle against it.

In the next three years, the CAMPAIGN will significantly strengthen cancer care in our community and help thousands of local families who are facing a cancer diagnosis.

Once again, thank you to all the supporters, volunteers, partners, professionals and staff who helped make 2014 such a successful year.

By working together, we can ensure that no one, that no family, faces cancer alone.

Thank you for being champions for local cancer care!

$20 Million
$10M Cancer Research
$8M Cancer Coaching
$2M Cancer Clinical Trials