YOU BRING OUR COMMUNITY

THE BEST CANCER CARE, CLOSE TO HOME

As a donor, your generosity is vital for the increasing number of people facing cancer in our region. But, as incidences of cancer grow throughout our community, so will our response to the disease. Because of you, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is able to understand what matters to people affected by cancer and to reach out to more families to ensure their needs are met through easy access to Cancer Coaching and innovative treatments.

This year, thousands of donors like you helped bring Cancer Coaching closer to home for more families, and this is now offered at locations in Kanata, Vanier and Clarence-Rockland. Your generosity also opened new clinical trials at Ottawa’s hospitals and facilitated breakthroughs in research for deadly cancers like glioblastoma and ovarian cancer. You helped increase referrals and collaboration between the network of cancer care services and resources in our community, ensuring those facing cancer have access to what THEY need.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING HOPE.

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Linda Eagen
Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
President and CEO

1 IN 2 CANADIANS (49% OF MEN AND 45% OF WOMEN) IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP CANCER DURING THEIR LIFETIME.

8,168

IN 2017, IT IS EXPECTED THAT 8,168 PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WILL RECEIVE A CANCER DIAGNOSIS.

CANCER COACHING

At 36, Robert Rishikof was healthy and fit. Cancer was the furthest thing from his mind, until he started feeling itchy and became jaundiced.

“The tumour was in my bile duct. I needed 7.5 hours of surgery to remove it along with one third of my stomach, part of my pancreas, gall bladder and a portion of my small intestine,” recalls Robert. “The surgery was followed by chemotherapy.”

It was a difficult time in his young family’s life, but perhaps the hardest part for Robert was the period following the end of his treatment. A scan was inconclusive. He would have to wait three long months to see if the cancer was gone.

“I tried to be present with my family and not get overwhelmed but it was like walking a tightrope,” Robert admits. “I allowed myself an hour or two a day to feel down, then I pushed myself forward.”

There wasn’t much support when Robert had cancer 10 years ago. Fortunately, things are different today – patients and their caregivers have access to the Cancer Foundation’s Cancer Coaching Program, which has recently expanded into Vanier, Kanata and Clarence-Rockland.

Robert learned about Coaching around the time he was looking for a meaningful way to mark 10 years of being cancer free.

He set up a website to mark his ten year milestone through fundraising, with an ambitious goal of raising $10,000. His family kick-started the campaign with a bake sale at a neighbourhood garage sale.

“People were incredibly responsive. We raised $10,000 in six days,” Robert says. “Many people told me they know someone with cancer and they’re going to tell them about Cancer Coaching.”

Robert was delighted to hear that, as he personally understands the need for free, professional support. “It’s hard to find space for yourself when you’re sick. Your loved ones are dealing with your cancer as well. Cancer Coaching offers a place just for you. It unlocks space for you to breathe and gain confidence in the decisions you have to make.”

Today, Robert is challenging others to fundraise for the Cancer Foundation. “When cancer strikes, it has a huge impact. Cancer Coaching offers ways to support the person and the family. They use a personal approach where it isn’t about cancer, it’s about the people. And we all need to come together to support that.”

CANCER COACHING IMPACT – 2017

“...CANCER COACHING OFFERS A PLACE JUST FOR YOU. IT UNLOCKS SPACE FOR YOU TO

BREATHE...”

CLINICAL TRIALS

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.

RESEARCH

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.

“THEY USE A PERSONAL APPROACH WHERE IT ISN’T ABOUT CANCER,

IT’S ABOUT THE PEOPLE.”

COMMUNITYACTION 2020

OUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE ARE:

ADVANCING VITAL CANCER RESEARCH

The Path to Better Treatments: Securing seed funding for innovative cancer research, particularly for promising approaches like combined immunotherapies which have shown success worldwide. Helping local scientists bring their discoveries from bench to bedside, and allows local fellowship programs to bring some of the world’s best researchers to our community. Every dollar invested in local research brings us one step closer to finding a cure for cancer here in Ottawa.

HELPING FAMILIES TAKE CONTROL OF CANCER

Improving Lives through Cancer Coaching: Almost 9,000 visits to the Cancer Foundation to occur each year, where cancer patients and their families are able to receive the guidance, tools, resources and support they need to better manage the stress and challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis. Cancer Coaching helps families improve their quality of life and focus on their personal health and wellness through any stage of the disease.

INVESTING IN CAR-T THERAPY, A CANCER GAMECHANGER

Maximizing Results through Highly Personalized Care: The CAR-T immunotherapeutic approach is complex, but researchers like Dr. John Bell know the difference it makes for patients with cancers like acute leukemia. CAR-T uses a combination of oncolytic viruses and a leukemia cell vaccine tailored to a patient’s specific cancer to help their body fight the disease. Car T is a highly personalized treatment, which involves drawing a patient’s blood and modifying their cells to fight their cancer. Eighty to ninety percent of patients with certain blood cancers experience a positive response to Car T, 50% of whom experience long-term survival.

SAVING LIVES THROUGH INNOVATIVE CLINICAL TRIALS

Supporting New Therapies and Treatments at Local Hospitals: Investigator-lead clinical trials, personalized care approaches and targeted therapies help our friends, family members and neighbours facing cancer have access to the specific treatments which could save their lives. Many of these patients are alive today because of the success these trials continue to have in our community, making Ottawa a highly attractive location for pharmaceutical companies to hold clinical trials. In the last 3 years, the clinical trials office here in Ottawa has opened 15 first-in-human trials, which is incredible for a city with Ottawa’s modest population and shows how efficiently research discoveries can be transformed into treatment options.

SUPPORTING WORLD CLASS BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH

Making Strides in Treating the Most Complex Cancers: Brain cancer researchers in Ottawa have made remarkable discoveries over the last few years in difficult-to-treat cancers like glioblastoma multiforme. Local researchers work closely with oncologists to ensure promising therapies can be developed into clinical trials and offered here in Ottawa as quickly and efficiently as possible. Investigator-lead clinical trials, personalized care approaches and targeted therapies help our friends, family members and neighbours facing cancer have access to the specific treatments which could save their lives.

SUPPORTING RESEARCH AND CLINICAL TRIALS FOR RARE CANCERS

The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is dedicated to helping people with all types of cancer in our community. While donations support the various diagnoses, many supporters prefer to focus their donation towards a particular type of cancer. For example, the Cancer Foundation recently funded cutting edge treatment to deliver medication directly inside the bladder for patients with bladder cancer, and continued investments in clinical trials have allowed researchers to look into trial options for some of the rarest and most complicated gynecological cancers.

FUNDING CANCER CARE ADVANCES AT THE QUEENSWAY CARLETON HOSPITAL

The Cancer Foundation has a long history of supporting the expansion of regional cancer services, which includes a partnership with the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) in order to increase access to services in the West End of the region and make sure those across our community have the very best care available close to home. Our support of QCH has included investment in crucial diagnostic equipment, the creation of the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre, and more.

INVESTING IN GROUNDBREAKING SURGICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGY

While investing in cancer research and clinical trials saves lives, so does funding the development of advanced technologies which can detect cancer earlier and provide more accurate and less invasive surgical options. For example, The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation has helped make the Ottawa Hospital one of the only institutions in Canada to use the CyberKnife, a non-invasive targeted radiation system for patients with brain cancer or brain metastasis. This machine boasts no difficult recovery times, no hospital stays and no chance of infection, and provides an effective alternative to full-brain radiation.

Cancer Foundation – By the Numbers FY 2016-2017

FINANCIALS

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

Revenue Sources: FY 2017

  • Donations
  • Other Revenue

Charitable Expenses: FY 2017

  • Cancer Coaching
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cancer Research
  • Hospitals and Partner Groups
  • Other

Here’s how your dollars are making a difference in our community. Click on each row to learn more from people who have directly benefited from your generous support.

Other: $239,097

TOTAL

$2,714,992

Source: 2016/2017 Fiscal Year

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(AS OF MARCH 31, 2017)

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