It’s an honour and privilege to be invited back as a BC Cancer Foundation guest blogger. It is hard to believe that it has already been four years since my first foray into blogging. Much has changed since then: I can finally say that I am a Vancouverite, as my family and I have settled into our new home; I have established a busy practice with a focus on bladder cancer; and some of the research projects I am involved in are developing well (more on that later). 

A few important things have also stayed the same (or improved). Under combined new leadership, both the BC Cancer Foundation and the BC Cancer Agency have resoundingly reaffirmed their commitment to clinical trials as a fundamental component of best patient care; and—most importantly for me—I continue to be blessed to be working in the best province with some of the best people I have ever met! 

As those of you who read this blog frequently know, there are many things that we can achieve here (in large part thanks to the BC Cancer Foundation, and donors like you) which simply cannot be done in most places around the world. Being an active part of this is what makes me want to be here rather than anywhere else (…that, and someone told me we had mild winters here?).

Over the next month, I’d like to tell you a bit about some of the exciting clinical trials and research projects I have been involved in, specifically those in bladder cancer. This is a disease for which we have had no real progress in more than 25 years, but for which there are now some really promising new treatments on the horizon. It is exciting to be a part of this, and to see first-hand the benefits for patients with this disease. I can’t wait to share this with you.

Bernie

Medical Oncologist, Provincial Director – Systemic Therapy Clinical Trials