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Northern cancer grants allocated

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation celebrated Cancer Awareness Month last week with the announcement of the 2011 Northern Cancer Fund grants, which totalled $890,057 for cancer care in Thunder Bay and across the region.

One of the grants included $24,989 for Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. in Fort Frances to purchase a chemotherapy fridge, telemedicine equipment, and a triple channel pump.

Meanwhile, a $500,000 grant will support cancer-focused research at the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI).

“In the near future, people with cancer will experience safer, more effective removal of tumours—without surgery,” the release noted.

“The science and techniques are being perfected right here, right now. And the people of Northwestern Ontario will be the first to benefit,” it added.

Other grants included:

•Thunder Bay and District Breast Cancer Support Group ($5,500);

•MR-guided prostate coil and biopsy system ($111,450);

•chemotherapy equipment—biological safety cabinets at the Meno Ya Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout ($18,675); and

•prostate and colorectal awareness campaigns and Northern Cancer Question and Answer Series ($44,000).

Northern Cancer Fund grants are made possible by generous donors and their continued support of the Health Sciences Foundation.

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