Summer 2005 Vol. 6 No. 3
INSIDE Translational molecular breast cancer
research at the BCCA
By D r. S amuel Aparicio BD BCH PhD MRCPath, BC Cancer Agenc y
Steps Ahead in treating
It’s quite a challenge to move almost 5,000-miles, to non-functional. Also taking place will be a large clinical
Page 3 set up a new research program at the BC Cancer Agency. study of genome rearrangements in breast and other
The strong community spirit and engaging with patients, cancers. The plan is to make a detailed map of genes that
Safety of Vitamin E
physicians and fundraisers in British Columbia are what become abnormal when a cancer develops. The focus is to
Page 4 made the journey worthwhile. Coming from Cambridge, determine why this makes cancer cells migrate (metastasise)
England and having visited B.C. several times in the last abnormally. Much of the work uses newly developed genetic
Update on Breast Cancer
research two years, I’ve ﬁnally settled in Vancouver. I’m trained as a and genomic technologies. As information is gathered to
physician and a scientist learn what controls epithelial
PASS IT ON and I’m truly excited to cells, that knowledge can
be embarking on new be applied to controlling
We encourage the sharing of
information in Abreast in the
research. the growth of cancer cells,
West. Abreast in the West takes no The program studied or stopping them from
responsibility for views expressed spreading altogether. Also of
herein, nor do they necessarily at the B.C. Cancer Agency
reﬂect those of the editor, sponsors is called translational interest, is ﬁnding out how
or the ABCIS.
breast and molecular to apply existing therapies
www.abreastinthewest.ca oncology. Our aim is to more eﬀectively. To assist in
apply research methods unlocking these mysteries,
to understand how researchers from physical and
PUBLISHED BY breast cancer arises. mathematical sciences will be
Abreast in the West is produced by the The goal is to formulate joining the project.
Alliance for Breast Cancer Information & Dr. Samuel Aparicio, Nan & Lorraine Robertson Chair in Breast Cancer Research
new diagnostic methods To conduct research
Support, BC &
Yukon (ABCIS) to and use that knowledge to direct development and use requires help at every level. It means fundraising and also
provide current of new treatments. Cancer is a complex and multifaceted participation from patients and their families in therapeutic
disease. Understanding and controlling cancer must also trials. I want to thank everyone who made my coming to
are proud to work collectively with our be as comprehensive. The program for study will feature B.C. a reality. The research would not be possible without
partners to ensure resources & services integration between basic and applied clinical research. the fundraising eﬀorts of the B.C. Cancer Foundation,
are accessible to those living with breast
cancer, their families, and supporters. Testing will be conducted at the BCCA and collaborating particularly the Weekend to End Breast Cancer Walk. It’ll
centres. More fundamental research will be carried out in be my ﬁrst time participating and I’m part of a team called
the new Cancer Research Centre. “boﬃns for breasts.” We’re walking to support everyone
Editorial and Production: Deborah Rusch, Initially, genetic models will be used, to understand who contributed. I’ll be remembering a special person from
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of genomic surveillance in the epithelium are rendered www.endcancer.ca.
BC Pilates Research Study
By K im Ke ays, B H K , M S c ( i n p ro gre s s ) &
S usan R . H a r r i s, P h . D. , P T, Va n co u ve r, B C
T The Canadian Breast Cancer Research
Alliance has recently provided funding for Dr.
Susan Harris and Kim Keays to conduct a study
to examine the eﬀects of Pilates on women
Steps Ahead in Treating Breast Cancer -
News from ASCO 2005
By D r. K aren Gelmon, MD, FRCPC, Chair, B reast Tumour G roup, BC Cancer Agenc y
living with breast cancer.
Although conventional exercise 1 has People always ask, “is there anything new in also be eﬀective in treating early breast cancer. The
already been investigated, Pilates has yet to the treatment of breast cancer.”The answer is goal of adjuvant therapy is to cure more women
be examined. To date, research on Pilates has usually “yes there is,” but we often qualify it with and prevent recurrences. To ﬁnd the answers, four
been limited to dancers and the focus has been
statements like, “we’re making small gains,” or “lots large studies were started and thousands of women
posture and alignment.2 This pilot study hopes
to provide information about the safety and of small steps are happening.” The American Society were recruited, many from B.C. and across Canada.
eﬃcacy of this increasingly popular activity. of Clinical Oncology had its annual meeting in May Although the follow-up has been brief, there were
Interest is also in managing the adverse physical and the results presented were anything but small. reports from a combined analysis of two mainly U.S.
and psychosocial outcomes commonly associated Findings have come to light, that will change how studies (NSABP B31 and N9831). There was another
with breast cancer treatment. we treat breast cancer and will improve survival. report from one international study (HERA). In the
Developed in the early 1900’s and originally The promise of research and targeted therapy has American trials, Herceptin was administered with
called “Contrology,” Pilates is a mind-body become a reality. another chemotherapy drug called paclitaxel. The
approach based on Eastern theories about
spiritual interaction. It’s combined with Western We know that estrogen is a good target for women who were recipients had high risk breast
theory on biomechanics, motor learning and core treatment and a number of new hormonal agents cancer, were on combination chemotherapy and
stability. Speciﬁc attention is paid to breathing have been shown to aﬀect recurrence rates, when continued with the drug for a total of one-year.
and of awareness of one’s body and its position. used appropriately in early and advanced breast In the HERA trial, Herceptin was administered
Advocates of Pilates c laim that regular cancer. That raises the question about other targets for either one or two years, after the completion
practice results in relaxation, control of the mind
for therapy. of chemotherapy. The reports were very exciting,
and enhanced self-awareness. Further beneﬁts
include improved core stability and coordination, In the late 1980’s in Los Angeles, Dr. Denis showing the early use of Herceptin decreased
better posture and range-of-motion, uniform Slamon reported that some breast cancers had recurrences. As addition, the data showed improved
muscle development, plus decreased stress. too much of a gene called HER2 and this aﬀected survival, minimal early toxicity and a beneﬁt greater
Researchers are curious whether the discipline the growth of these cancers. This research used than expected. It can be concluded that using a
can inﬂuence upper extremity function, range- drug to target the genetic engine within the cell,
of-motion in the shoulders, treatment-related samples from Dr. Godolphin’s laboratory at the
Vancouver General Hospital. Estrogen levels were starting the drug before recurrent disease and
pain, plus mood-levels.
measured in all breast cancer tumours removed treating women with a speciﬁc genetic factor, will
For women eligible for study, it must be one-
year since axillary dissection and radiation for in BC at the time. Since the initial report, it’s been save lives. This is a major step forward.
stages I or II unilateral breast cancer. Patients clearly shown that over-expression (too much) of However, there are concerns. What’s not
must demonstrate restricted range-of-motion HER2 found in 15 to 20% of breast cancers, causes known are the long-term side eﬀects, including
in the shoulder region, corresponding with the a more aggressive disease. eﬀects on the heart. Although it’s likely these
breast treated for cancer. Participants must also
have no previous Pilates experience. After the discovery of HER2, the next step results will prevail with extended follow-up,
was to ﬁnd a drug that interfered with its it’s important to make sure. Studies showed
For more information regarding the study;
please contact: function. Herceptin® (trastuzumab) is the drug. that breast tumours need testing in a centrally-
It’s a monoclonal antibody and administered validated laboratory, to ensure a correct result for
Dr. Susan Harris @ 604-822-7944 or Kim Keays at
firstname.lastname@example.org intravenously weekly or every three-weeks. It’s HER2. Also, Herceptin is not yet approved for use
REFERENCES: shown to be eﬀective in recurrent or advanced breast in early breast cancer. At a cost of over $60,000
2 1. Courneya KS, Mackey JR, McKenzie DC. (2002) Exercise for breast
cancer survivors. Phys Sport Med on-line. cancer and is extensively used in that setting. There per-patient, per-year, there’s a need to plan
2. McLain S, Carter CL, Abel J. (1997) The eﬀect of a conditioning are some side eﬀects with Herceptin, in particular a carefully and ensure the drug is available to all
and alignment program on measurement of supine jump height and pelvic
risk of heart toxicity. The question is, will this drug women with HER2 over-expressing disease.
alignment when using the Current Concepts reformer. J Dance Med. 1(4)
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do not clearly establish what dose of vitamin E causes
increased risk of death.
Most commercial vitamin E supplements far
exceed the daily requirement for people over
19, which is 15 mg or about 22 to 33 IU’s.4*
Generally, vitamin E supplements contain twelve
Safety of Vitamin E Supplements times the daily requirement. With most daily
By C h e r i Va n Pat te n, R D, MS c multi-vitamins, the amount is substantially less
at about 50 IU’s.
You have been following the headlines, you’ll the vitamin was given to patients with vascular Considering the data, women with breast cancer,
have noticed some surprising press on vitamin disease or diabetes. The trials lasted for seven years. may want to consider other therapies for managing
E supplements. While usage is common in the No beneﬁts were recorded in the prevention of hot ﬂushes and promoting good health. This
general population, vitamin E is also used by many cardiovascular events. particularly applies to those women with a history
breast cancer survivors. The No beneﬁts were noted in of heart disease or diabetes. As opposed to vitamin
idea is to try and achieve a wide preventing heart attack or stroke, supplements, there is a long list of foods rich in
range of possible health beneﬁts breast or other cancers. No beneﬁts vitamin E and recommended as part of a balanced
including lessening menopausal were recorded in preventing cancer diet. In the nuts and seeds category; almonds,
hot ﬂushes.1 deaths.3 These ﬁndings diﬀer from hazelnuts, peanuts, peanut butter or sunﬂower seeds
There have been many past evidence and from generally are a good source. Vegetable oils such as sunﬂower,
clinical trials studying vitamin E regarded opinion suggesting that saﬄower and corn are rich in vitamin E. Green
supplementation as a therapy vitamin E supplements do no harm. vegetables include spinach and broccoli. There are
to combat chronic disease. The Of concern is the dose of vitamin also foods fortiﬁed with vitamin E, such as cereals.
premise is that the vitamin reduces “oxidative stress,” E in these trials. It’s substantially lower than the *1 mg of vitamin E is equal to 1.49 IU of natural vitamin E
acting as an antioxidant. However, in large studies, tolerated limit, which is set at 1000 mg of any form or 2.22 IU of synthetic vitamin E
results have been disappointing. Closer scrutiny of vitamin E.
of vitamin E has also shown there are risks to be These results are signiﬁcant and likely to provide 1. Barton DL, Loprinzi CL, Quella SK et al. Prospective evaluation of vitamin E
considered. Researchers analyzed the results from best estimates of the risks with vitamin E for some
for hot ﬂashes in breast cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology 16(2):
19 clinical trials dating back from 1993 to 2004. time to come. There were however, limitations in the 2. Miller ER, Pastor-Barriuso R, Dala D et al. Meta-analysis: High dose vitamin
135,000 people were studied.2 When 400 IU’s of studies. Most of the participants had chronic illnesses
E supplementation may increase all-cause mortality. Annuals of Internal
Medicine 142(1): 2004.
vitamin E was administered over one year or longer, (most often heart disease). That means the ﬁndings 3. The HOPE and HOPE-TOO Trial Investigators, Eﬀects of long-term vitamin E
investigators found an increase in all causes of death. could not be generalized to healthy adults. Also,
supplementation on cardiovascular events and cancer: A randomized trial.
Journal of the American Medical Association 293(11): 1338-1347, 2005.
Also, an increased risk of heart failure was found several of the studies used vitamin E in combination 4. Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), National Academy Press
when using high-dose vitamin E.3 In the same study, with other vitamins or minerals. Finally, the results
From Now On…
(I will take more time to enjoy the little things)
B y Va n e s s a Tu r ke, R i c h m o n d, B C Sticking an arm out of the car window,
Sliding on brand new socks, smooth and warm, Wind lapping at my ﬁngertips, palms saluting the sun.
Like having my toes in fresh cooked pudding, Stirring up an invisible wake…
Breathing in a bakery…
– Vanilla crème caramel up to my ankles! Stirring memories of all the boats I have draped
(Breathing anywhere!) my body from,
I will savour my senses. Rich, moist air, wet with sticky buns, Arm trailing into waters of the world…
The world is my dessert. Fermented yeast rising up to sting my nostrils. From now on,
Chocolate glaze sweating forth ﬂavour before my eyes. I will leave a ripple wherever I go.
My mind is an oven, 3
Ideas rising like crust.
Please submit your story to:
Abreast in the West, 565 West 10th, Vancouver BC V5Z 4J4
ABREAST I N T H E WEST Summer 2005 Vol. 6 No. 3
An Update on Breast Cancer Research
By D r. C a ro l i n e Lorisch MD, FRCPC, BC Cancer Agenc y, Vancouver
T The latest clinical advances in breast cancer research were
revealed recently at a symposium in San Antonio. The hot
topic of late has been adjuvant therapy involving aromatase
no more than 3 positive lymph nodes. For patients with 4 or
more positive nodes, there was no advantage from taxanes.
The symposium was the also the stage for long-awaited
inhibitors. Letrozole, anastrozole and exemestane have been results in the study NSABP B27. Being compared was the
in the spotlight as promising treatments for postmenopausal addition of docetaxel to the standard chemotherapy regime
women with early breast cancer. In addition, reports were (adriomyacin/cyclophosphamide or AC). The drugs were
given about encouraging results involving a number of given to women before surgery, who had large, operable
chemotherapy trials. cancers. Results were disappointing. Docetaxel did not appear
After 10-years of data collection, results were in from a to enhance overall outcomes over AC alone. However, this
large comprehensive trial comparing tamoxifen to tamoxifen trial confirmed the complete disappearance of tumors with
plus chemotherapy. 1,558 postmenopausal women with at chemotherapy, meaning a substantially lower risk of eventual
least one positive axillary lymph node were tracked. They also disease recurrence.
had to be estrogen receptor positive. Findings showed that In early breast cancer, tumor size, nodal
chemotherapy in concert with 5-years of tamoxifen, enhanced involvement, estrogen receptor status, and
survival by 8% over tamoxifen alone. In addition 12% fewer tumor grade are the predictors of outcome.
patients had a breast cancer relapse. Patients who However, practitioners still over-treat a great many
most benefit from chemotherapy women who will never relapse.
are those with high grade breast Currently, there’s difficulty
cancer and low estrogen receptor identifying who will or will not
expression. Women with her2neu benefit from chemotherapy.
over-expression are also helped This presents a dilemma for
by chemotherapy. In about 30% oncologists and for women
of breast cancers, her2neu is over- needing chemotherapy, because there
expressed and stimulates cell growth. are side-effects which ultimately affect
These findings could help oncologists quality of life.
better judge which postmenopausal
women should receive chemotherapy. At the conference, some comment was made about
studies involving metastatic cancer. The trials were small
Despite a number of trials, the jury is still out on a and encompassed new drugs that are still in the testing stages.
group of drugs called taxanes and whether to include them Although there was little presented that would change current
with chemotherapy treatments in early breast cancer cases. treatments, some of the newer agents appear promising and
In a French trial, 1999 women, younger than 66 and with at further trials are being planned.
least one positive node were randomly chosen. They received
either six cycles of FEC100 (a commonly used anthracycline Overall the San Antonio meeting was positive. In the area
containing regimen). Three cycles of the same regimen were of early breast cancer, small but meaningful gains are being
administered followed by three cycles of the taxane, docetaxel. realized with new hormone and chemotherapy applications.
Almost 3 years later, of the women receiving docetaxel, 5% In British Columbia, some of those benefits are already being
less experienced a relapse of breast cancer. Participants who recorded in patients treated outside clinical trials, that are
derived the most benefit were women 50-years or older, with living within the community.
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The Young and the Breastless Look Ahead
By Denise Gra ha m, B C Can cer Agenc y, Vanco uver
By Lorrai ne Lei tz, Librarian, BC Cancer Agency,
Victoria BC. These resources are available from the
In May of last year, the BCCA Librar y. 604-675-8001 or 1-888-675-8001
“networking-event” for young local 8001 or www.bccancer.bc.ca
women with breast cancer was
an overwhelming success. But C LIN IC AL T RIA LS A ND C A N CE R
for the organizing committee, A clinical trial is a carefully designed study, with
it was time to reﬂect, as human volunteers. It’s the delicate apparatus
changes were happening used by the medical and scientiﬁc community,
within the membership. to try and unlock the answers to disease. It’s a
For some, their lives were way to test new treatments and improve clinical
heading in new directions, so therapies. With each trial, the hope is that
with good wishes they bid questions will be answered and better ways
farewell. However, with the loss of Gabi Helms, one of the group’s founders, found to screen, diagnose and prevent illness.
remaining members felt compelled to continue. Improvements in the treatment and care of cancer
This January, the call went out. A-dozen women connected by the patients, will have resulted from clinical trials.
breast cancer experience, met to discuss the future of The Young and the Participation in such an event is a very individual
Breastless. Discussion was energetic and there were tearful moments, decision. Before taking that step, it’s important
acknowledging what the original committee had accomplished. This to learn about your disease and the trials that
inspired the remaining young women who had several plans in the works are available. Discuss the information with your
by the end of the meeting. doctor and see if you’re eligible for a trial, if it’s
February 15th saw the release of a video/DVD from the networking event right for you
of last May. The idea was to provide valuable information for young women W EB SIT ES
with breast cancer. The end-product would be made available to cancer
BC Cancer Agency Clinical Trials Research
agencies and clinical libraries across the country.
Secondly, two original members, Margaret Graham and Vanessa Turke National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical
attended the World Conference on Breast Cancer in Halifax, June 2005. Trials Group
It had been Gabi Helms ambition to attend. Her dream was to present a http://www.ctg.queensu.ca/public/Clinical_Trials
workshop on the planning and production of the networking event. Thanks clinical_trials.html
to Margaret and Vanessa, Gabi’s dream was realized and hopefully young National Cancer Institute (US) Clinical Trials
women who attended will be so inspired. http://www.cancer.gov/clinical_trials/
Finally, with a “Speaker Series” this year, the Young and the Breastless Centerwatch Clinical Trials Listing Service
hope to meet more of the informational needs of young women. Seminars http://centerwatch.com
and workshops are planned, with speciﬁc topics relevant to young women ClinicalTrials.gov
with the disease. Subjects for discussion might include fertility, sexuality, http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct
insurance and a host of other issues. Suggestions are welcomed and can be B OOKS
submitted through the website (www.theyoungandthebreastless.ca).
The following books will explain clinical trials, in
Now on the table are the next large-scale events for 2006. Also under an eﬀort to help you make an informed choice.
review, is the application by the Young and the Breastless to be a non-proﬁt 1. Cancer Clinical Trials: Experimental
organization. Treatments and How They Can Help You
(Finn, Robert 2000)
The Young and the Breastless is a support event for young women with 2. Making Informed Medical Decisions: Where
breast cancer. Our aim is to provide information and encouragement. to Look and How to use What You Find
We’ve produced a DVD, plus we’re conducting seminars and community- (Oster, Nancy 2000)
sponsored events. We want to raise awareness about this disease and hope 3. Making the Decision: A Cancer Patient’s 5
to reach every woman who needs us. Our website address is: Guide to Clinical Trials (Mulay, Marilyn 2002)
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BC Cancer Agency Library Services
1-888-675-8001 You are Not Alone
BC Cancer Agency Patient & Family CancerConnection, Canadian Cancer Society
1-800-663-3333 (Vancouver) When you feel most alone and lonely in the midst of cancer, remember that you
1-888-563-7773 (Kelowna) don’t have to go through this alone.
1-800-523-2885 (Fraser Valley) Imagine the relief of talking to women who have been through what you’re
1-800-670-3322 (Victoria) going through; women who remember what it was like to navigate chemo brain;
BC Nurse Line women who have the time to listen while you ﬁgure out, for yourself, what your
1-866-215-4700 best options are.
Breast Reconstruction Program, Hooking up with a person who’s been through a
Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences similar cancer experience is as easy as picking up the
604-822-8056 phone. Free and conﬁdential, the Canadian Cancer
Callanish Healing Retreats Society Society’s CancerConnection program in BC and the
604-732-0633 Yukon has expanded its hours and is open 9am-
7pm Paciﬁc Time, Mon.-Fri. Volunteers are
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
trained and certiﬁed, and are available
BC /Yukon Chapter
to talk to you on the telephone and,
604-683-2873 or 1-800-561-6111
in some places, face to face.
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604-734-7125 Steps Ahead in Treating Breast Cancer
BC Palliative Care Association
(Co n t ' d from page 2)
National Lymphedema Network At the conference, another study was presented eating a regular diet. As well, they had greater
1-800-541-3259 examining the drug Avastin® (bevacizumab) in weight loss, but a diet with 15% fat is diﬃcult
combination with paclitaxel. In women with to maintain. And while this is only one study,
Screening Mammography Program of BC recurrent disease, the dual application was it gives further evidence to link body-weight,
1-800-663-9203 considered more eﬀective than paclitaxel alone. exercise, and diet with decreasing the risk of
Victoria Breast Health Centre This study was done in the U.S., Canada and recurrence, particularly in post-menopausal
(250) 727-4467 included B.C., but showed only a preliminary women. It provides more incentive for healthy
Whitehorse General Hospital, Yukon ﬁnding. However, this may be promising for living strategies that women can initiate on
Screening Mammography women with tumours not expressing HER2. This is their own.
(867) 393-8740 a large group needing better treatment. Further If the question were posed, “are we making
studies of early breast cancer are needed, before gains in breast cancer,” “yes” would be the
Willow Breast Cancer Support &
Resources Services answers will be known. resounding answer. Through research, we’re
1-888-778-3100 In a totally diﬀerent vein, a study reported learning more about breast cancer, how to treat
at the conference looked at a low-fat diet for it and soon, hopefully, how prevent it. Although
6 women with a history of breast cancer. In the researchers deserve much credit, it’s essential
study funded by the NCI, women on a diet with to thank all the women who’ve participated in
15% fat, had fewer recurrences than women studies. Without them, there would be no gains.
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process. In the survey category, six have been
conducted; ﬁrstly before integrated healing,
after a two-day introductory program and
ﬁve months later. What was being measured
was quality of life, hope and perceived
Assessing the impacts of integrated care for social support. Anxiety and depression were
cancer patients examined, plus health locus (the feeling
D r. H a l G u n n, C E O, Ce nt re f o r I nte grated Healing and that health is being controlled by internal or
K a re n Co o ke, f o rm e r R e s e a rc h M a n a g e r, Ce nt re for Integrated Healing
external factors) and self care.
The Centre for Integrated Healing is non- and John Hecht Memorial Foundation). The
Results of investigations
proﬁt cancer clinic in Vancouver that oﬀers focus is to assess the impacts of
revealed that patients were able
integrated care to cancer patients and their integrated healing from a number of
to move through three stages of
families, including: perspectives.
engagement; living with illness,
• an orientation to healing (not just ﬁnding The ﬁrst project is the study of creating a personal healing plan
a cure). Healing that exists on many levels patients with advanced breast, lung, and bringing about personal
– physical, emotional and spiritual prostate and colorectal cancer. These change. Factors that appeared
• an emphasis on the mind/body connection are people who’ve been treated to facilitate the journey included
• the safe and eﬀective integration of at the Centre in the last 10-years. feelings of empowerment, having
conventional and complementary Under examination are the survival healing partnerships, access to
treatments rates of patients who’ve received resources and the integration of
integrated care, versus those not in conventional and complementary treatments.
• a recognition of the importance of
the program. Emotional support and hope also played a part.
connection between patient and practitioner
The second project is an “observation study.” In conclusion, integrated care may provide
During the past year, researchers at
Information is being collected through surveys, those living with cancer, access to tools that
the Centre have been involved in two pilot
focus groups and interviews. 46 patients help them move towards improved health
projects (generously funded by the Lotte
are currently involved in the examination and wellness.
Is there a breast cancer supp or t group we have n’t
mentioned? Please call, write or fax the editor a n d
we’ll b e happy to include the group in our nex t i s s u e.
Relaxation Programs are available
• Nanaimo in the following communities:
Breast Cancer Support Groups
meet regularly in the following • S a lmon Arm
• Pentic ton • All BCC A Centres:
communities. Please call the • Tra il
• Por t Moody Vancouver, Vic toria,
Cancer Information Service • Vern on
• Powell R iver S urrey, Kelowna
(1-888-939-3333) for contact names,
• Prince Ruper t • Abbotsford
numbers, dates and locations. Many other communities
• Q ualic um B each • Burnaby
• Abbotsford • Q ueen Charlotte Island • Campbell R iver have cancer support
• Burnaby • Q uesnel • Chilliwack groups available.
• Campbell R iver • R ichmond • Cour tenay Programs for partners,
• Chilliwack • Revelstoke • D elta family members and
• Comox Valley • S almon Arm • For t St. John friends also exist. Please
• Elk Valley • S mithers • K amloops contact the CCS, Cancer
• First Nations Healing Circle • S unshine Coast • Nanaimo Information Service
• K amloops • S urrey • Nor th Vancouver at 1-888-939-3333
• Kelowna • Vancouver • Pentic ton
• M a ple R idge • Vernon • Por t Moody 7
• Mission • Vic toria • Prince George
• White Rock • R ichmond
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