Prostate Cancer Canada Network (Thunder Bay) Delivers Boost for Research

Pictured, presenting a donation of $10,000 to advance local prostate cancer research are, from the Prostate Cancer Canada Network (Thunder Bay), President, Cy Zurba, Past President, Ed Long and Dr. Terry Hill, along with (left) Dr. Kevin Ramchandar (Radiation Oncologist), (second from right) Dr. Marlon Hagerty (Radiation Oncologist) and Dr. Roxanne Deslauriers, Scientific Director, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute.

The Prostate Cancer Canada Network (Thunder Bay) have been long-time supporters of exceptional prostate cancer care here in Northwestern Ontario. Their mandate is to support men with prostate cancer and their families, to provide education to men about prostate cancer and to support research. This year they’ve set their sights on advancing prostate cancer research with a generous donation of $10,000.

President, Cy Zurba, explained, “We are fortunate to have world class research being done here in Thunder Bay; research that is vitally important to providing men with a more accurate diagnosis, a better understanding of the type of prostate cancer, and a better treatment with fewer side effects.”

In particular, the group has chosen to support, Chris Abraham, who is co-supervised by Dr. Laura Curiel and Dr.  Boguslaw Tomanek , both Scientists at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. Abraham is working on finding better ways to enhance the contrast in MRI images for better detection of prostate cancer tumours.

Zurba emphasized that 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, so advances in diagnostic imaging will help men know if and when their prostate cancer should be treated.

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