Dr. Stuart Peacock, of the B.C. Cancer Agency, will hold the Leslie Diamond Chair in Cancer Survivorship at SFU.

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Stuart Peacock to hold cancer survivorship chair at SFU

July 16, 2015
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Stuart Peacock, the deputy head of cancer control research at the B.C. Cancer Agency, will hold the Leslie Diamond Chair in Cancer Survivorship at Simon Fraser University.

SFU, with the help of donors Gordon and Leslie Diamond, has partnered with the B.C. Cancer Foundation to fund this nearly $5-million chair that will help B.C.’s cancer survivors live healthier lives. The chair represents a critical shift in cancer research and care as more patients survive the disease and require unique follow-up and support post treatment.

B.C.’s growing and aging population is also significantly increasing the number of cancer cases, many of which are survivable.

With advancements in early detection, diagnostics and treatments, nearly 185,000 British Columbians are among a growing legion of cancer survivors.

Through his appointment in SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) Dr. Peacock will draw on his expertise in the economics of cancer control and quality-of-life enhancement for people dealing with cancer. In conjunction with the B.C. Cancer Agency, he will lead a coordinated research effort that aims to enhance the survivability and long-term health of people entering and transitioning out of cancer care.

“As the Leslie Diamond Chair in Cancer Survivorship, my goal will be to lead multidisciplinary research that will help develop better access to more effective cancer services, so that British Columbians who have had a cancer diagnosis can continue to thrive and enjoy their healthiest lives possible," says Dr. Peacock.

Health sciences dean John O’Neil says, "This chair will be an important addition to our faculty, strengthening our capacity to respond to the health challenges of today and tomorrow.

“It will develop cancer survivorship research through a multidisciplinary approach that includes an examination of the effectiveness of clinical practice, psychosocial and quality-of-life interventions. It will also examine population health policy to ensure that the needs of a growing population of cancer survivors are being addressed." 

The generosity of British Columbians Gordon and Leslie Diamond helped bring the nearly $5-million chair to life. In honour of his wife Leslie’s nearly 30-year cancer survivorship, Gordon added a $1-million gift to the B.C. Cancer Foundation’s $3.5-million contribution.

“I strive to support my community in ways that will have a wide-reaching and lasting impact, which this new Chair in Cancer Survivorship is certain to accomplish,” says Gordon Diamond. “And, most importantly I’ve experienced the significance of cancer survivorship as husband to my lovely wife, Leslie, who has been afforded nearly 30 healthy, memory-filled years post breast cancer.”