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From China to B.C.: Dr. Lewei Zhang’s Path to Oral Cancer Research

Hello, my name is Dr. Lewei Zhang – I am Chief Pathologist with the BC Oral Cancer Prevention Program at the BC Cancer Agency. I am pleased to be blogging this month, along with my colleagues.

I grew up in communist China– it was a very different China from what exists today. My father was a mathematics professor and my mother was an economics professor, though in the communist culture...

Dr. Miriam Rosin: Circling the Globe to Improve Oral Cancer Outcomes

It's a long way from Saskatchewan (where I grew up) to British Columbia, especially if you took the route I did, through the Philippines, Uzbekistan, India and Egypt.

My first overseas work was in the Philippines, where I slept on a mat in one of those thatched houses on the side of a mountain in a terraced rice field.  My group at the BC Cancer Agency Research Centre was among the...

Introducing August Guest Bloggers: Dr. Miriam Rosin and the BC Oral Cancer Prevention Program Team

Thank you to Dr. François Bachand for taking us behind the scenes at the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior. Brachytherapy is a truly revolutionary treatment method that is bringing new hope to cancer patients in B.C. and Dr. Bachand and his colleagues are taking huge strides to make it more widely-available.

For August, we are trying something new...

Introducing June Guest Blogger Dr. Kim Chi

Thank you to Dr. Peter Watson for a month of fascinating insights from the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre. From biobanking to breast cancer research and immunotherapy, Dr. Watson highlighted the many ways donors are making a difference on the island and beyond.

We’re returning to the mainland for the month of June, with guest blogger Dr. Kim Chi. Dr. Chi is a medical...

Hello from Dr. Christine Wilson

Hi, my name is Christine and I’m the Medical Director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography Program (SMP), which is a population-based screening program operated by the Agency. The goal of SMP is to reduce breast cancer deaths by finding cancer at an early stage through routine screening.

I’m also a diagnostic radiologist at the BC Cancer Agency, here in Vancouver, where I...

Introducing March Guest Blogger Dr. Christine Wilson

I’d like to begin by thanking Dr. Hagen Kennecke for taking us behind-the-scenes to see how research, collaboration and innovative tools are improving treatment and care for cancer patients across the province.

We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Christine Wilson as our guest blogger for March. Dr. Wilson is a radiologist and Medical Director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Screening...

Dr. Cheryl Ho: My Route to a Career in Oncology

My route to oncology was through coincidence and fortunate choices. As an undergraduate I was always interested in the sciences (the fact that my father is a retired research scientist and while growing up we spent weekends at the lab probably had something to do with that!)

I attended the University of Toronto and completed a Bachelors and Masters degree in Biochemistry. In the latter...

Dr. Jonn Wu: The Impact of Research at the BC Cancer Agency

Since arriving at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre in 1999, my roles and responsibilities have gradually evolved in interesting and sometimes unexpected ways. My early years at the Agency predictably included lots of teaching with medical students, residents, and fellows visiting from all corners of the globe.

I also had the opportunity to supervise and mentor many of them in...

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...

My Role at the BC Cancer Agency

First and foremost, I’m a medical oncologist which means I treat cancer patients. I work primarily with breast cancer patients and therapies can include hormonal therapy or chemotherapy.  

I see patients in the clinic three to four days a week, while the rest of my time is devoted to administrative work, my duties as Chair of the Provincial Breast Tumour Group and research activities....

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