Province invests $5 million in prostate centre

VANCOUVER – B.C. men are to benefit from a $5-million provincial grant to the Vancouver Prostate Centre, a University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital Centre of Excellence and world leader in research and treatment of prostate cancer.

“We need to ensure B.C. remains at the forefront in diagnosing, treating and managing prostate cancer,” said Health Minister Michael de Jong. “Being able to recruit the best scientific minds to this province will help us to find the most effective ways to manage this disease.”

Prostate cancer is the third-leading cause of male cancer death after lung cancer and colorectal cancer and is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Canadian men. It is estimated that in 2012, about 3,574 British Columbian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 541 men will die from it.

“This grant will be used to further prostate cancer research towards new treatments that control progression of the disease,” said Dr. Martin Gleave, director of the Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH and distinguished professor, department of urologic sciences at UBC, and Liber Ero BC Leadership Chair in Prostate Cancer Research. “These funds will allow us to recruit and retain world leading scientists who will discover how cancer cells develop resistance and evade current treatments, and pave the way to new treatments in the future.”