About the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and Our Partnership
To effectively achieve its goals, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency knows it needs others to help in caring for people. The Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan is a key partner for the Cancer Agency as we work to reach out to people around the province creating opportunities to play a role in cancer care.
The relationship between the Agency and the Foundation is a partnership born out of need with more than 5,600 new cases of cancer diagnosed yearly, but it’s also one that builds on the tradition of excellence in cancer care that began more than 85 years ago.
With the introduction of The Saskatchewan Cancer Commission Act in 1930 and the opening of a cancer clinic in Regina, the province became a leader in Canada and has been providing the very best in cancer control including prevention, early detection, treatment, research and supportive care ever since.
From its early successes in nuclear medicine with the building of the Cobalt 60 unit in 1950, to providing one of the first stem cell transplants in the country in 1958, to being the second Canadian province to establish a Screening Program for Breast Cancer in 1990, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency has paved the way for innovation and exceptional client, patient and family-centred care.
Today, the Cancer Agency employees more than 800 staff in two locations, Regina and Saskatoon, all who deliver world-class research, programs, care and services. As a provincial healthcare organization, the Agency looks to build a healthy population free from cancer by providing leadership in health promotion, early detection, treatment and research for cancer.
The Agency operates:
- The Allan Blair Cancer Centre (Regina)
- The Saskatoon Cancer Centre
- Patient Lodges in Regina and Saskatoon, providing a home away from home for cancer patients and their companion
- Community Oncology Program of Saskatchewan (COPS) together with our healthcare partners in 16 hospital locations in the province, providing chemotherapy treatments closer to home
- Screening programs for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, including a mobile bus that provides over 9,000 mammograms to women in rural and northern Saskatchewan
- The Northern Mobile Health Bus that travels through northern Saskatchewan from May to November providing information and education on cancer prevention and other health needs
- Researchers conduct and participate in world-class research; both laboratory and clinical, including clinical trials
- Utilizes the Telehealth program that facilitated more than 6,800 appointments and saved nearly 3 million kilometres of patient travel time in 2017-18
Together as partners with the Agency, the Foundation will look to engage people, businesses and communities in raising funds to support the cancer care needs for the people of this province, all with a vision of a cancer-free Saskatchewan. That’s a partnership worth working towards.
We are Stronger Together.