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Dr. Jonn Wu: My Background in Cancer Research and Care

Thank you for visiting my blog! I am delighted to have this opportunity to share some of my background and thoughts with you.

Although I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, which sounds very exciting, my parents and I moved to Vancouver, B.C. before my first birthday. I spent most of my youth in Burnaby, B.C. and graduated from Burnaby South Senior Secondary - the original campus - which dates...

The Future of Breast Cancer Research in B.C.

I’ve been at the BC Cancer Agency for about 11 years now. Why do I enjoy working here?  Cancer survival rates in B.C. are some the highest in the country. And especially for breast cancer, we have some of the best outcomes among comparable publicly-funded health care systems in the world.

The reasons for this are multiple. One aspect is the structure of the BC Cancer Agency: delivering...

The Impact of Philanthropy at the Terry Fox Laboratory

How do BC Cancer Foundation donors support my research? The answer to be complete would take pages, literally. But let me hit the highlights:

It is now eight years ago that we were able to move our lab from the old research centre (the old bakery, as we called it) to the state-of-the-art BC Cancer Agency Research Centre. Without generous...

Introducing November Guest Blogger Dr. Daniel Renouf

Hi everyone,

The BC Cancer Foundation’s 2012 Inspiration Gala is just around the corner, and the momentum can be felt across our organization. This year’s sold-out Gala will support a very important cause: the Pancreatic Cancer Research Initiative. Nearly 600 British Columbians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and the effect of this disease is...

Multi-Modal Screening: New Hope for Lung Cancer Patients

Although lung cancer arises in never smokers, it is currently much more common in smokers. For this reason, it is important to continue promoting smoking cessation programs and encouraging people not to start smoking. Not only will this help reduce lung cancer mortality, but it will also help reduce the incidence of several other cancers caused by tobacco carcinogens. We also need to consider...

The BC Cancer Research Centre: A Great Team

Being a graduate student at the BC Cancer Agency’s Research Centre is a great experience. Our lab is located on the 9th floor and is an open, spacious work place with large windows (shaped like Petri dishes!) One of the many benefits of working at the Research Centre is having access to the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre, where I often go to listen to talks and learn about cutting-...

Introducing Kelsie Thu

Hi everyone,

First, I’d like to say thank you to Dr. Miller for her insightful posts on the bright future of ovarian and gynecologic cancer research. The success of the OvCaRe program reflects the strength of the partnership of philanthropy and research, and it is wonderful to hear about the world-class developments happening right here in B.C.

One topic that Dr. Miller touched...

The time to support cancer research is now

Thank you for reading my posts thus far. I thought I would close with some thoughts on looking forward.

It is a particularly exciting time for cancer research and there are many reasons for patients to be optimistic that real progress is being made in our understanding of cancer. A major goal of the BC Cancer Agency is to translate research findings into clinical application.


Another Landmark Breast Cancer Announcement

I spoke at a news conference today for the second time in two weeks, to share another groundbreaking discovery in breast cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. This new discovery will be a catalyst for bringing hope to breast cancer patients across the province and beyond.

For the first time, the BC Cancer Agency’s breast cancer research team, led by Dr. Sam Aparicio, has identified...


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