WaveCheck: Is Your Breast Cancer Chemo Working?

Only 30 to 40% of breast cancer treatments succeed. WaveCheck can help people beat the odds. 100% of funds will support this potentially life-saving research.
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Fact: It takes 4-6 months to know if chemo is working now...

WaveCheck can cut that time to 1-4 weeks


Imagine getting to the end of your chemo treatment, which is typically 4 to 6 months, and finding out it didn’t work?

That’s reality for women and men with breast cancer.

Wouldn't you want to know sooner? 

The WaveCheck Innovation

WaveCheck’s treatment monitoring technique can tell people with breast cancer and their doctors if a chemotherapy treatment is working in as little as 4 weeks.

WaveCheck's ultimate goals are to give people a say in their treatment plan, avoid unnecessary side effects from ineffective chemo and find the treatment that's right for each person. 

Scientific, peer-reviewed results from WaveCheck's observational studies of women with breast cancer, published in Clinical Cancer Research and Translational Oncology, prove its underlying technology works.

But getting it into clinics to help all people everywhere requires more testing and refinement.

That’s where you come in.

How Can You Help?

To bring WaveCheck to more people faster, we need to run a wider clinical study at three more sites to show it works as well for others in Canada and the United States as it has for us.

We've partnered with these world-leading cancer centres:

· MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.)

· London Health Sciences Centre (London, Ontario, Canada)

· Princess Margaret Hospital (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)


To launch the first study site in January 2014, we need to raise $96,987.


Why Crowdfund WaveCheck?

Crowdfunding WaveCheck will accelerate the time it will take to get this technique into clinics everywhere. It also helps us to get the word out about why we think WaveCheck’s so important.

If you want to know more, see our WaveCheck FAQ.


A Game Changer in Cancer Monitoring

How would WaveCheck be different from what people with cancer experience now?

Currently, doctors monitor changes in tumour size by hand, but these changes are typically not detectible that way for months. This means that women and men are waiting until the end of chemo to know if it's working.

And remember, 60% to 70% of chemotherapy treatments fail. 

Here's what that process currently looks like:

Instead of waiting blindly, WaveCheck can allow women and men to see exactly what’s happening inside their breast tumour in real time.

That way, they would know if their tumour’s being destroyed from the inside out at the beginning of treatment instead of waiting and wondering what’s happening.

Together, we can make that powerful knowledge available to all people with breast cancer.


Meet the WaveCheck team

Dr. Gregory Czarnota, PhD, MD, FRCPC
Chief, Department of Radiation Oncology
Head, Radiation Treatment Program
Director, Cancer Research Program
Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Besides being an imaging research scientist, Greg is a practicing radiation oncologist and conducts applied research with breast cancer patients. He is also an assistant professor in the University of Toronto’s Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Biophysics within the Faculty of Medicine.


Michael C. Kolios, PhD
Professor, Department of Physics, Ryerson University
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science
Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Applications of Ultrasound

Michael researches ultrasound and optics in the biomedical sciences, and he directs the Advanced Biomedical Ultrasound Imaging and Spectroscopy laboratory. He is on the editorial board of the journals Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology and Ultrasound Imaging and is a member of many national and international research committees.


Fazila Seker, PhD
WaveCheck Business Development Manager, MaRS Innovation.





William Tran
Radiation Therapist and Clinical Researcher

Will oversees clinical study operations in collaboration with the oncology healthcare team.


WaveCheck's Clinical Partners:


    Our Amazing Donated Perks!

    We've received over $15,000 in donated original art work from 13 Canadian and international artists who want to see WaveCheck and this campaign succeed, including nine artists from the Women's Art Association of Canada in Toronto.

    More recently, we've partnered with: 

    For more information on the WaveCheck campaign perks, please visit our Artists' Profiles. For more on our partners, see the Partners page.


    We'd like to thank our partners for their generous support.

    Media

    WaveCheck has been featured on these TV and radio programs:

    And in these newspapers, magazines, news sites and blogs:


    Thank You!

    If you’ve been touched by breast cancer or other types of cancer, please share this campaign with your family, friends and colleagues.

    Check out our perks and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Youtube.

    You can also check out our WaveCheck FAQ and Artists' Profiles.

    Thanks for your support!



    MaRS Innovation (MI) works to take the most promising research breakthroughs from 16 of Toronto’s and Canada’s top universities, institutions and research institutes from the lab bench to the clinic or market.


    From our beginnings as a hospital for Canadian veterans, Sunnybrook has flourished into a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto, evolving to meet the needs of our growing community. Today, with 1.2 million patient visits each year, Sunnybrook has established itself as the largest single-site hospital in Canada, with four strategic areas of focus: heart and stroke, cancer, trauma, emergency and critical care, and women and babies.


    Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs.


    [1] 1.5 million people were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010: http://www.worldwidebreastcancer.com/learn/breast-cancer-statistics-worldwide/

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      Dedication + Campaign Updates

      You'll receive updates about WaveCheck studies and your name will be listed on WaveCheck.ca as an Indiegogo Supporter. You'll also have the option to dedicate your support in honour or in memory of a loved one. Send us 50 words and a 300k photograph.

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      Educate others: tastefully!

      Talking about breast cancer can be challenging. WorldWideBreastCancer.com's playful and informative posters combine design, science and a touch of whimsey to explain breast cancer's outward signs. You'll receive the "What Breast Cancer Can Look Like" poster in your format of choice (screensaver, iPhone or Android background or digital poster). See the Artists' Profiles on WaveCheck.ca for details. You'll also be listed on WaveCheck.ca with the optional dedication and receive campaign updates.

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      Chemo is tough; every day counts. Claim this perk to directly sponsor 1 person in the next WaveCheck study. Your money will directly fund 1 person's participation for 1 day, helping them to know if their chemotherapy treatment is working. You'll also be listed on WaveCheck.ca with the optional dedication and receive campaign updates.

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      Spread the word with a stylish WaveCheck T-shirt in your size of choice. You'll also be listed on WaveCheck.ca with the optional dedication, campaign updates and the WorldWideBreastCancer.com image.

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      Help a great cause and get active in North Toronto! You’ll receive an introductory rock-climbing package to True North Climbing, an indoor climbing gym located at the Downsview Park Sports Centre. The voucher includes a one-hour lesson day pass, equipment rental and a two-week membership including unlimited climbing and free equipment use. You’ll also be listed on WaveCheck.ca with the optional dedication, campaign updates and the WorldWideBreastCancer.com image.

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      "the moment came when I knew my body" is a visual poem created by Canadian poet Sonnet L'Abbé in response to the WaveCheck technology, "to capture that sense of time standing still, and time rushing way too fast, that happens with a diagnosis." See the Artists' Profile on WaveCheck.ca for details. You'll also be listed on WaveCheck.ca with optional dedication and updates, along with the other previous perks to this level.

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      Become a direct sponsor for one person in the WaveCheck study. Your donation will directly fund one week of a woman's or man’s participation in the study, which will allow that person to monitor the progress their chemotherapy as soon as possible instead of waiting four to six months to know if the chemo is working. You'll also receive the previous perks to the $100 level.

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      As captured by Deniz Seker, "Don't Go Back to Sleep" was inspired by WaveCheck's powerful images and include fragments of Greg and Michael's original notebooks. You'll receive a limited edition reprint of the original canvas, which includes all three signatures. See the Artists' Profiles on WaveCheck.ca for a sample image and details. You'll also receive the previous perks to the $100 level.

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      Lila Miller is a Finnish-Canadian artist with a love for nature, colour and travel. "Spring Glory" is a vibrant painting that she hopes will brighten the day of all who see it. With flowers in full bloom, Lila captured the strength and beauty of women and men affected by breast cancer. This is Lila's second donation to the WaveCheck campaign. She is also a member of the Women's Art Association of Canada. You'll also receive the previous perks to the $100 level.

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      Become a direct sponsor for a woman in the WaveCheck study. Your generous donation will directly fund one month of a woman’s participation in the WaveCheck study, which will allow her to monitor the progress her chemotherapy as soon as possible instead of waiting four to six months to know if her chemo is working. You'll also receive the previous perks to the $100 level.

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      Created from life in a Denver studio, The Big Day by Ashlee Trcka depicts a woman preparing for her wedding day, capturing the beauty and grace that all brides share (20”x 16”; oil on linen canvas; unframed). See the Artists' Profiles on WaveCheck.ca for a sample image and other details. You will also receive the previous perks to the $100 level.

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      As captured by Deniz Seker, "Don't Go Back to Sleep" (30″ x 40″; gallery canvas; mixed media) was inspired by WaveCheck's powerful images and include fragments of Greg and Michael's original notebooks. The original canvas is personally signed by the artist and both inventors. Deniz is a member of the Women's Art Association of Canada. See the Artists' Profiles on WaveCheck.ca for a sample image and details. You'll also receive the previous perks to the $100 level.

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      A Mother's Universal Moment

      Claire Sinclair's “Checking the Children” (23.5″ x 20″; framed) shows an Irish Mother captured in a moment every mother will recognize. Part of a 12-part series depicting Canadian Pioneer life, Sinclair's work is painstakingly researched and lovingly detailed. She is also a member of the Women's Art Association of Canada. See the Artists' Profiles on WaveCheck.ca for a sample image and other details. You will also receive the previous perks to the $100 level.

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      Your generosity will fund one person to participate in Greg and Michael's study with their clinical partners (note this figure does not include study start-up costs). You will receive the previous perks to the $100 level plus footnote acknowledgement as a research funder in a forthcoming academic paper on the parallel studies.

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