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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...

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...

The Technical Stuff: Radiation Oncology and Brachytherapy

After my discovery of a passion for oncology, I discovered a second passion for a specific type of radiation treatment called brachytherapy (pronounced brak-e-therapy). The most common type of brachytherapy, low-dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy, involves the implantation of microscopic radiation sources or “seeds” directly into or around a tumour. This means that a patient does not have to come...

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