Presentation from, and to, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
On Wednesday, October 10 the Rotary Club of Ottawa South (RCOS) enjoyed a lunch and learn session at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (ORCF).

Meri-Jo Thompson, Program Manager of the local Cancer Clinical Trials Office, and Femina Kanji, a Research Associate with Clinical Trials, gave a very interesting presentation on the dramatic advancements that have occurred over the past decade in fighting cancer. Here is a brief overview:

- The local cancer Clinical Trials Office is able to leverage $8 for every $1 that the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation has invested.

- All cancer treatments and protocols that doctors are using today were at one point developed and tested in clinical trials.

- 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.

- Through the generosity of donors, over the past 8 years, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation has supported every clinical trial that has offered hope to patients with cancer. Thousands of families have benefited from these new treatment options. The Cancer Foundation has invested more than $3.4 million in local cancer clinical trials

- 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. These include new targeted therapies, oncolytic viruses, immunotherapies... all available in Ottawa in part because of the generosity of donors, like the Rotary Club of Ottawa South.

- This past year alone, there were 3 first in human clinical trials where Ottawa was the very first location anywhere in the world to offer the new treatment.

You can download a copy of the ORCF presentation from the RCOS homepage, in the right margin under Presentations.
RCOS has been a supporter of the ORCF for over 13 years and has donated in excess of $600,000 in that time. It has been a close working partnership that both organizations truly appreciate. In fact, John Ouellete, Vice-President of Philanthropy recalled that RCOS was one of the first groups he worked with when he joined ORCF.
RCOS members Bernie Ingimundson and Mack MacGregor present a cheque to part of the ORCF team:  Dr. X, Dr. Y, John Ouellette
Many RCOS members were on-hand for the lunch and learn session provided by ORCF.