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Dr. Juanita Crook
Radiation Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior
Written by Dr. Juanita Crook on Oct 12, 2012 BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, Brachytherapy, Breast cancer, Prostate Cancer

Up until now, my blog posts have told the story of my career and research as it focused on prostate cancer. Before I finish telling my story, I would like to switch gears and talk about breast cancer, especially as it pertains to brachytherapy. I think it is important for women reading this to realize that not all my efforts have been directed at improving cancer treatment and outcomes for men...

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Written by Dr. Juanita Crook on Oct 04, 2012 BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, Brachytherapy, Prostate Cancer

In my last entry I described the first clinical trial completed in Kelowna using HDR prostate brachytherapy. We proved that the ultrasound-based procedure we pioneered is as accurate as the CT-based procedure that has been standard throughout the world for the past decade or more. The ultrasound-based procedure allows patients to receive treatment in a 2 1/2 hour session while comfortably...

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Written by Dr. Juanita Crook on Sep 27, 2012 BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, Brachytherapy, Prostate Cancer

In my last post, I referred to two clinical trials involving High Dose Rate prostate brachytherapy that have been made possible through donor support. This week, I'd like to share with you the importance of the first of these trials. 

Patients often find it hard to relate to clinical studies and the chance for success can be very slim. The reason that people often do participate is...

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Written by Dr. Juanita Crook on Sep 20, 2012 BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, Brachytherapy

When I arrived at the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna in June 2009, a prostate brachytherapy program was already in place. My colleague and program director, Dr. Ross Halperin, had secured two operating days per month at Kelowna General Hospital, adjacent to the cancer centre. More importantly, the BC Cancer Foundation had secured support from generous Kelowna donors to build our own operating...

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Written by Dr. Juanita Crook on Sep 13, 2012 BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior

As I mentioned at the end of my last post, I pursued post-graduate studies in France. I chose France for a number of reasons, but one of the important deciding factors was that it was the home of brachytherapy, the treatment of cancer by placing radioactive material directly into the tumour. France was also where Marie and Pierre Curie discovered the radioactive isotope Radium, and where the...

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Written by Dr. Juanita Crook on Sep 06, 2012

I grew up in Ontario, attended the University of Toronto for undergraduate studies on a scholarship and continued on with medical school. My father was a high school teacher and thought I should become one too but I had other dreams that didn’t involve teaching school. He always encouraged me to perform to the best of my ability and didn’t oppose my choice, except on one occasion: in grade 12...

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