OTTAWA, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Dr Rebecca Auer, an Ottawa scientist
researching an innovative way to boost a patient's immune system
following cancer surgery, is one of 10 Ontario-based scientists
receiving new funding, the Canadian Cancer Society announced today.
"This funding helps us work towards understanding how to fight cancer at
the crucial time following surgery when a patient's immune system is
suppressed," says Dr Auer, a surgical oncologist and associate
scientist at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
For the majority of patients with a solid tumour, surgery is an
essential part of treatment. There is a risk that cancer may continue
to grow after surgery, and treatments to reduce this risk are often
given only after a patient has recovered from surgery since they may
interfere with healing.
Dr Auer has proposed a completely new way to tackle this problem and
will be using the new funding to study whether specialized viruses
given around the time of surgery can stimulate the immune system into
attacking remaining cancer cells.
This research is important because it could lead to a completely
different way of treating cancer around the time of surgery. This
innovative approach landed Dr Auer top scores in the Society's first
Innovation Grants competition.
"It is inspiring to see the breadth of local and national investments
the Canadian Cancer Society continues to make in the fight against
cancer," says Bob Corson, Chair of the Society's Ottawa Advisory Board.
"On behalf of the thousands of patients, donors and volunteers in
Ottawa, funding this kind of innovative research is a key strategy we
are executing in the fight against cancer."
The Society's new Innovation Grants were developed to support innovative
and creative problem-solving in cancer research. The goal is to support
unconventional concepts, approaches or methodologies to address
problems in cancer research.
Dr Auer is receiving $200,000 over two years for this research. Since
2008, researchers in Ottawa have been awarded nearly $2.9 million in
A total of 23 grants representing a $4.5 million investment were
announced today across the country. For more information about the
Society's research funding, visit www.cancer.ca.
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization
of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the
enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When
you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.
SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
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