Cancer agency announces magazine

The BC Cancer Agency is publishing a new magazine that will be provided free to those who have had cancer and their families.

Forward is a new free magazine, created by the BC Cancer Agency and funded through the BC Cancer Foundation, to empower those who have had cancer, and their families, to live their best life after cancer by connecting them to information, resources and personal stories that will inform, support and inspire.

Today, there are almost 200,000 residents living in B.C. who have had a diagnosis of cancer. Approximately 65 per cent of adults diagnosed with cancer are expected to live at least five years after a diagnosis. And the number of people living with and beyond cancer is forecasted to grow as the population increases, and treatment and early detection continues to be more effective.

The majority of those diagnosed with cancer are now living longer. That’s good news, and the BC Cancer Agency continues to improve those odds through research to advance detection, screening, treatment and prevention. But while some who have had cancer remain disease-free for the rest of their lives, others experience issues related to physical, emotional and financial wellbeing after their treatment.

The goal of the BC Cancer Agency’s Provincial Survivorship Program is to improve the wellbeing of those who are living with and beyond cancer. These individuals have most often left the BC Cancer Agency system, and are under the care of their family physician in their home community.

Forward will be published three times per year, with the generous support of the BC Cancer Foundation. “The BC Cancer Foundation is proud to fund Forward as a part of our commitment to enhancing cancer care across the province,” said Doug Nelson, president and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.

Free to cancer patients/survivors in BC and the Yukon, copies will be available at all BC Cancer Agency Centres, community oncology clinics, some primary care offices, and mailed/emailed to subscribers.