Dr. Anna Tinker
Medical Oncologist

Dr. Anna Tinker obtained her medical degree and trained in internal medicine in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta. She completed her medical oncology training in Vancouver and spent two years as a research fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. In 2006, Dr. Tinker joined the BC Cancer Agency and began honing her clinical focus on gynecological cancers. Together, she and her colleagues are working to understand the differences in cancers based on changes in the tumour’s genetic code as well as how the immune system and tumours interact. Dr. Tinker also leads the SMART project, which encourages doctors and patients around the world to adopt similar treatment approaches to rare cancers and record the outcomes of these treatments in the hopes of finding new solutions for patients.

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Blog Posts by Dr. Anna Tinker

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Dr. Tinker: 'Researchers need support to keep moving forward'

In some ways it is unimaginable what remains to be discovered in the field of oncology; however, with the amazing pace of research some recent important advances are pointing the way to the future. An example of this is cancer genomics, the field of studying the genes and mutations of a cancer, has opened our eyes to the complexity of cancers. This complexity is not only evident between individuals, but even within an individual. In other words, it seems easy to understand that two different patients with the same cancer type (for example, two women with colon cancer) may have tumours that...

Clinical trials to kick off for promising new treatment

Being an oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency has been a very fulfilling job, one I feel honoured to have. My days are varied and interesting and there have never been two days that were the same yet. Often, the schedule that is entered into my calendar means nothing, as surprises are the norm. A seemingly quiet day can turn exciting fairly quickly when someone needs to be assessed and treated urgently. As a clinician, I spend most of my time with patients. As a specialist in chemotherapy, I typically meet with my patients every 3-4 weeks while they are going through treatment. I typically see...

Dr. Tinker: 'This is an exciting time for oncology'

For those who do not know me, I’m Dr. Anna Tinker, a medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. My area of clinical focus is the treatment of gynecologic cancers. My research focus includes an interest in the development of cancer clinical trials. However, I also enjoy translational research, whereby discoveries and technologies from the laboratory are subsequently applied to improving the clinical care of patients. This is facilitated by my work with British Columbia’s gynecologic research group, called OVCARE. It is my pleasure to be blogging again for the BC Cancer Foundation...

Dr. Anna Tinker: Enrolling Patients in Immunotherapy Clinical Trials

Hello, I’m Dr. Anna Tinker and like Dr. Nelson, I’m happy to be returning to the BC Cancer Foundation blog this month, to share with you our plans for upcoming immunotherapy clinical trials. As a medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency, I’ll be working closely with the DRC team and also with patients, to enroll those eligible and willing to take part in a phase I immunotherapy trial. After Dr. Nelson’s team extracts the patient’s T cells and supercharges them to identify cancer in the body, the T cells will be administered back into the patient through an IV infusion. Our goal is for the T...

Future Endeavors for Cancer Research in British Columbia

Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed sharing some of my research endeavors with you. My colleagues and I hope that our work today will translate into meaningful benefits for our patients tomorrow. It is exciting to collaborate with so many motivated and gifted researchers who are all working towards creating better outcomes for cancer patients. From cancer prevention, to the study of rare cancers, and all the way to harnessing the power of the immune system to control cancer, there are multiple facets to the research program at the BC Cancer Agency that make it very comprehensive. Moving...

Advancing Cancer Research Through Philanthropy

Last week I promised to tell you about the members of the research teams I work with. Many of you will know how lucky we are to have some of the best minds in cancer research working right here in B.C. The important BC Cancer Agency OvCaRe team is based in Vancouver, but with members across the entire province. Initially founded by Drs. Dianne Miller, David Huntsman and Blake Gilks, they had the vision to create a multidisciplinary team of researcher over a decade ago. OvCaRe is now a major success and is highly regarded internationally. Our research members have lead the way in unraveling...

Finding Solutions for Gynecologic and Rare Cancers

For my second blog entry I wanted to tell you a bit more about my work at the BC Cancer Agency. I joined the BC Cancer Agency in 2006 and, over time, honed my clinical focus solely on gynecologic cancers. Gynecologic cancers are not as well publicized as some more common cancers, but they are a very complex and challenging group of diseases. In order to find new treatments, a deep understanding of cancer is needed. I am very fortunate to collaborate closely with a dynamic group of researchers in the OvCaRe group and at the Deeley Research Centre in Victoria. Together, we are working to...

Dr. Anna Tinker: My Background in Cancer Medicine

I’m Dr. Anna Tinker and it is my pleasure to be a contributor on the BC Cancer Foundation blog. I’ll start off by telling you a little bit about myself: I grew up in Calgary, Alberta. During the course of my education, I wandered between B.C. and Alberta several times. My bachelor’s degree is from the University of British Columbia and my medical degree is from Calgary. I also trained in internal medicine in Calgary, but came back to Vancouver to complete my medical oncology training. For two years I was a research fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. During...