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A Systems Approach to Navigation Research at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre

Previously, I have shared with you two models of navigation: lay navigation and virtual navigation. This week, I would like to introduce the population-based navigation model to you. This approach, which is also known as systems-based navigation, focuses on how organizations such as the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre function to support...

Working Towards a Model of Self-Navigation for Cancer Patients

In my last post, I shared with you the research work I have been doing with respect to lay navigation. This week, I would like to tell you about another model for navigation: self navigation using technology or virtual navigation. This model is one of four models that have been identified by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer as a means for improving...

Dr. Brad Nelson: Looking Ahead

I hope by now I’ve helped you understand why I am so excited about the future of immunotherapy research and treatment in British Columbia. There is currently a lot of excitement about “immune modulators,” agents that ramp up the immune system. These agents are just emerging from clinical trials and I predict they will become commonplace in a few years. By...

Philanthropy and the Future of Immunotherapy Research

As a concept, immunotherapy fascinates a lot of people: the idea that the immune system can destroy cancer cells anywhere in the body brings a great sense of empowerment about our health. I’ve seen the way this resonates with patients, and I’m so pleased that in the last ten years we’ve established hard evidence that patients with a strong immune response...

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