London, Ontario - On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, London Health Sciences Foundation
(LHSF) is launching The Baker Centre for Pancreatic Cancer at London Health Sciences
Centre (LHSC) following a donation of $1.5M from Rick and Shelley Baker. The newly
created Baker Centre will result in improved access to care, more targeted personalized
treatment and new treatment options for pancreatic cancer patients.
"It is with the help of inspirational donors like Rick and Shelley Baker that a
change in medical care for pancreatic cancer patients is possible now and into the
future," said John MacFarlane, President and CEO at LHSF. This gift will not only
impact the lives of pancreatic cancer patients in our community, but in communities
around the world."
Pancreatic cancer is a fast growing cancer with one of the lowest survival rates.
Diagnosis and treatment is complex with frequent delays and often not detected until
at an advanced stage, making treatment more difficult. The Baker Centre for Pancreatic
Cancer will be a centre of excellence in pancreatic care and research. The centre
will offer a multidisciplinary clinic, new diagnostic technology, streamlined process
for patients and the development of a new Translational Pancreatic Research Program.
In addition to the clinical and research areas of The Baker Centre for Pancreatic
Cancer, a focus will be placed on enhancing the utilization of Patient Assistance
Funds to support out-of-pocket costs associated with care.
"We need to do better for pancreatic cancer patients in our community. Dr. Stephen
Welch and his team were excellent, but the access to cutting edge technology and
experimental treatment options was just not there," said Rick Baker, grateful patient
and donor. "I had to travel the world to find alternative treatments and trials
to help me fight this disease. I want to help others, here in London, to have access
to better treatment options and technology. With Dr. Welch and the medical experts
at London Health Sciences Centre and the philanthropic support of London Health
Sciences Foundation we can create possibilities for patients that didn't exist before."
The Baker Centre for Pancreatic Cancer will service patients from London and communities
across Southwestern Ontario. It will provide quicker and more coordinated access
to care as well as enhanced diagnosis and treatment through new technology. It will
also focus on developing new treatment options for the future through an intensive
The Baker Centre for Pancreatic Cancer will develop a database to track and measure
patient outcomes, purchase an Endoscopic Ultrasound machine, begin genomic sequencing
for all newly diagnosed patients, raise awareness for the Patient Assistance Funds,
officially launch the Translational Pancreatic Research Program and establish a
dedicated fund for pancreatic cancer research within the existing Catalyst Grant
About London Health Sciences Foundation (LHSF) is a Canada Revenue Agency registered
charity accredited by both Imagine Canada and the Better Business Bureau, linking
our community and health care experts - including physicians, allied professionals,
researchers, staff and educators - together in pursuit of medical excellence at
London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson).
Established to strengthen LHSC's ability to provide the highest quality health care
for patients in Southwestern Ontario and beyond, LHSF offers opportunities to support
discovery and innovation in research, education and patient care at our hospital.
To see how donations enable extraordinary care, visit www.lhsf.ca.