Personalized, precision cancer care

Dr. Tarek Hijal

New Proton Therapy Centre for Eastern Canada at CEDARS (TBC by MSSS, $20M)

Proton therapy delivers precise beam of proton radiation to disrupt and destroy tumor cells with much fewer side effects. Patients from Quebec currently have to travel to the USA to receive proton therapy at a cost of approx. $350,000 per patient, uprooting their family during an already stressful time.

“Cedars is ready to implement a proton therapy program that will benefit the whole of Eastern Canada.”

Dr. Tarek Hijal
Director, Radiation Oncology
Chairman, National Radiation Oncology Committee

MRI-Guided Precision Radiation Oncology Equipment ($10M)

Next-generation radiation equipment for precise tumor targeting.

High-Def, 5-Ring PET Scanner for precision diagnosis ($1M matched x5 by government funding)

A new PET Scanner at the MGH for faster and more accurate nuclear imaging for better diagnosis and personalized care.

Dr. Lorenzo Ferri

A pan-cancer, pan-Canadian Precision Oncology
Platform at the MUHC ($25M)

The current trial-and-error approach to chemotherapy drug selection unnecessarily exposes a significant proportion of patients to toxic drugs which don’t work for them. To replace this, Dr. Lorenzo Ferri and his team at the MGH grow a replica of your tumour in the lab and test hundreds of drugs on it to identify the most effective treatment for your specific tumour. His lab team have a five year plan to shorten and perfect the process, gain approval for use as the new standard of care for esophageal and gastric cancers, then to expand to multiple other types of cancer, while serving cancer
centres across Canada.

“You can help us usher in a new era of precision, personalized cancer treatments.”

Dr. Lorenzo Ferri
Director, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Josh Vorstenbosch

Precision equipment for a new surgical program for lymphedema care ($1M)

An all-too-common consequence of lymph node
removal due to cancer, lymphedema can now be
treated surgically, but only by highly trained plastic surgeons with the latest precision equipment.

“Cedars established the first Lymphodema Clinic in Quebec. Now we are adding surgical care. This can radically improve patient lives.”

Dr. Josh Vorstenbosch
Plastic Surgeon; Director, Surgical Lymphedema Program