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Alberta government announces $15 million CAR T-cell therapy program

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The UCP government has announced a new provincial cancer therapy program.

Albertans with specific types of leukemia and lymphoma will soon have access in Calgary and Edmonton to a $15-million program, commonly known as CAR T-cell therapy.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says CAR T-cell therapy trials have demonstrated durable remissions and potential cures in about 50% of adults and 80% of children and young adults. “We want to provide Albertans with the same recovery opportunities, and that’s why we’re establishing a made-in-Alberta program. Our government is pleased to be partnering with the Alberta Cancer Foundation to make this happen.”

The province is partnering with the Alberta Cancer Foundation to make this all happen.

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The funding will be used to conduct a clinical trial – with CAR T-cells manufactured within Alberta – at three sites: the Cross Cancer Institute, the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic and Alberta Children’s Hospital.

This therapy genetically reprograms a patient’s immune cells to attack the cancer cells in their body. It’s usually provided to patients when conventional cancer treatments are ineffective.

The funding will also pay for nursing staff, training and education for health care workers, patient education and psychosocial support, lab and diagnostic imaging, and follow-up care.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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