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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...

Understanding the Experiences of Oral Cancer Patients

This year, in addition to tackling yet-to-be-solved problems through research, we commenced the Patient Support Initiative (PSI). Understanding the experiences of oral cancer patients and their caregivers is key to making recommendations for a change in standard management or policy in the health care system. We expect PSI to play multiple roles:

  1. To encourage...

Philanthropy, Research and the Ride to Conquer Cancer

BC Cancer Foundation donors have helped me build a strong foundation for oral cancer research. The hallmark of my research is the COOLS trial, a surgical study using a blue-light device invented at the BC Cancer Agency to better outline the surgical margins for patients receiving surgery.

This is a pan-Canadian study involving oral cancer patients, head and neck surgeons, and...

Understanding Oral Cancer

In my last post, I shared how I came from Taiwan to British Columbia to study oral cancer, but my training didn’t stop after I completed my PhD.

To better understand oral cancer, I completed a three-year oral pathology residency under the direction of Dr. Robert Priddy. Through this training, I came to understand more of the clinical aspect of this disease. After I passed both...

Introducing May Guest Blogger Dr. Jessica McAlpine

Warm thanks to Dr. Dan Renouf, for blogging in April and sharing the work he and his colleagues are doing to improve the treatment and care of pancreatic cancer for patients across the province.

It is my pleasure to introduce our guest blogger for May, Dr. Jessica McAlpine. Dr. McAlpine is a gynaecologic oncologist and translational researcher at the BC Cancer Agency and Director of the...

The Centre for Lymphoid Cancer: Meaningful Changes for Patients in B.C.

As both a doctor and a scientist, I have a number of responsibilities at the BC Cancer Agency. On the clinical service side I see biopsies from patients with the full spectrum of lymphoid cancers, including both non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) and Hodgkin lymphoma. I share these responsibilities with a small number of similarly dedicated lymphoma pathologists. We see virtually all cases in B.C. as...

Dr. Randy Gascoyne: A Career in Lymphoid Cancer Research and Care

Hello! My name is Randy Gascoyne and I am a lymphoma pathologist and clinician scientist at the BC Cancer Agency. I spend roughly 40% of my time doing clinical work and 60% doing research. I am a MD with specialist training in Hematological Pathology, the investigation of disorders of the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes. Early in my career I made the decision to become highly focused, and...

Dr. Janessa Laskin: Evolution of an Oncologist

Thinking back on how I came to be an oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre it could appear to be a linear course, but to me it always seemed unpredictable.

After a few formative years in Saskatoon, I grew up in B.C. and finished high school in Vancouver. I then travelled east to the vibrant city of Montreal where I attended McGill University. I completed a BSc in Biology...

BC Cancer Foundation Donors: Helping to Elevate Care for Cancer Patients in B.C.

Working at the BC Cancer Agency is a privilege. It is gratifying to deliver the best care possible to patients, yet challenges remain. We don't have good options for all patients yet and the search for better care tools continues to energize my peers and I. VERO and SABR are an example of this quest. The implementation of this new treatment technology will be done in parallel with our renewed...

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