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The Molecular Oncology Diagnostics Laboratory at The Ottawa Hospital

Kongsberg Geospatial employees ramp up their 8th campaign in support of The Ottawa Hospital!

Kongsberg Geospatial employees will launch their annual employee campaign on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. This year, employees have chosen to lend their support to the Molecular Oncology Diagnostics Laboratory at The Ottawa Hospital.

Every year in our region 9,000 people are diagnosed with cancer. Last year alone, The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre treated 24,000 cancer patients. This is why The Ottawa Hospital is building and equipping a new Molecular Oncology Diagnostic Laboratory (MODL) to ensure all cancer patients in our region will have access to leading-edge cancer care.

A laboratory in Ottawa will help make genetic profiling of tumours a standard part of medical care, allowing physicians to determine which medications will work best for a particular patient. Targeted and customized therapies can be more effective at shrinking cancer tumours and reducing side-effects and  recurrence.

  • More timely testing will mean lab results in just days instead of the present wait times of weeks, which means cancer patients will begin their targeted treatments sooner.
  • Customized and targeted treatments will increasingly replace the tradition of giving every patient the same drugs. This will often be more effective and may reduce harmful side-effects.

As Dr. Bryan Lo, Lead Scientist and Medical Director of the Laboratory says, "The lab signals a new era in personalized cancer care for this community. Molecular genetics is moving forward very quickly and generating a great quantity of information. When a cancer is discovered, we'll really be genetically characterizing this cancer to try to determine if we can apply some newer targeted therapies. Therapies that are much less toxic and with fewer side effects.”      

Thank you, to the entire Kongsberg Geospatial team for your continued and valued support, enthusiasm and generosity. Your are making a direct impact on cancer care and treatment for patients here in Ottawa.

Kongsberg’s support since 2009:

2009

Raised funds to purchase a chemo chair, exam couch and crash cart, essential pieces equipment for a cancer treatment bay.

2010

Purchased a DNA spinner and microscope, two essential tools that allow researchers to examine cancer cells, so that they can develop new more powerful therapies.

2011

Researchers need to grow cells in the lab to test new treatments on them. The incubator Kongsberg Gallium purchased in 2011, provides a warm sterile environment for growing cells. The cells can then be used to investigate new approaches for preventing and diagnosing diseases.

2012

The team purchased a SimJunior Mannequin - a patient simulator used for hands-on training. The mannequin breathes, has a pulse and heart sounds, talk, and responds accurately to medications, fluids and chest compressions, and can recreate different patient care scenarios.

2013

Supported the STAR program and the ground breaking cancer research of Dr. Jean Simon Diallo.

2014

 

2015

Raised funds to support Dr. John Bell’s ground-breaking cancer research with oncolytic viruses.

 

Supported the expansion of The Ottawa Hospital Breast Health Centre