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PREDICT: Expanding our Knowledge of Cancer for the Benefit of Patients

For many, the mention of “research” makes one’s eyes gloss over and the mind wander to other topics! But for oncologists at the BC Cancer Agency, the promise of making progress in patient care is of the utmost importance. One project that exemplifies our long-term commitment to improve cancer care is PREDICT.

The PREDICT project is a biobank—a collection of patient information, blood...

Medical Oncology: Behind the Scenes

One question I am often asked is, “What exactly does a medical oncologist do?” Obviously we order a lot of chemotherapy, but there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes!

I do a combination of clinical work, research, teaching and administrative activities. My clinical work involves seeing patients, as well as presenting cases at rounds (to get multidisciplinary opinions from my...

Dr. Janine Davies: My Beginnings in Medicine

I write my initial blog in the wake of the flooding in Alberta. Having grown up in Calgary, this hits close to home as family and friends have been displaced. Fortunately for many, this is a temporary (albeit major) inconvenience; but so many others haven’t been so lucky. It makes me think of my patients and their families, who in the blink of an eye, find their lives forever shaped by cancer...

Introducing July Guest Blogger Dr. Janine Davies

Hi everyone,

I want to start by thanking Dr. Stephen Chia for sharing with us the impact that research is having on breast cancer outcomes in B.C., and the important ways donors are making a difference.

I’m very pleased to introduce our July guest blogger, Dr. Janine Davies. In addition to her role as medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for...

New Horizons: HDR Brachytherapy for Breast Cancer at the BC Cancer Agency

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...

New Horizons in HDR Brachytherapy at the BC Cancer Agency

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...

HDR Prostate Brachytherapy: Exciting Advancements through Clinical Trials

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...

HDR Brachytherapy Treatment Comes to the BC Cancer Agency

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...

The Origins of Brachytherapy Treatment for Prostate Cancer

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...

Welcome Dr. Juanita Crook

Hi everyone,

Thank you to our August guest blogger Kelsie Thu for providing great insight into never-smoker lung cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. We wish her great success as she continues her studies in this important area of cancer research.

And now, please join me in welcoming our guest blogger for September, Dr. Juanita Crook. Dr. Crook is a radiation oncologist at...

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