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Paving a new path for survivorship care in BC

Over the past few years, we have made significant strides in the ongoing treatment for survivors of childhood cancers – a demographic previously unaccounted for within the Provincial cancer care system.

The LEAF clinic is making this possible and, in partnership with generous support from donors to the BC Cancer Foundation, these survivors – many of whom are unaware of their risks –...

For survivors of childhood cancers, cure comes at a price


My name is Dr. Karen Goddard and I’m the medical director of the Adult Cancer Survivorship Program at BC Cancer. It’s a pleasure to be blogging once again for the BC Cancer Foundation and to share with you the importance of advancing research and care in this field.

I have been working at BC Cancer for almost 30 years now and from the very beginning have been part of the...

Introducing July guest blogger Dr. Karen Goddard

I am pleased to introduce Dr. Karen Goddard, radiation oncologist and medical director of the Adult Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program at BC Cancer, to the blog for July.

Dr. Goddard’s focus is on enhancing care for adult survivors of childhood cancers – a demographic that faces unique medical care and monitoring throughout their lifetime.

She will share why this program is...

Questions of medicine and science formed half way ‘round the world

My path to a career in science and medicine was convoluted, but not without direction. I grew up in east Africa on an island in the Indian Ocean. Both my maternal grandparents died at very young ages of undiagnosed conditions. While the setting was idyllic, the reason for my grandparents’ deaths, or rather the lack of a reason bothered me.

This great gap in understanding—the causes of...

Introducing October Guest Blogger Dr. Frances Wong

Hi everyone,

First, thank you to Dr. Karen Goddard – it is inspiring to read about the advancements happening in pediatric cancer research, and the impact it will have for our youngest patients.

Joining us for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Dr. Frances Wong. Dr. Wong is the Chief Physician and a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Abbotsford and Fraser Valley Centres....

Childhood Cancer: Finding Solutions for Late Effects

The chances of curing a child with cancer have improved very significantly over the past 20 years or so, but we still have a lot more to do. Some children will have long term health problems as a result of their illness and therapy which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. I am very interested in these “late effects” and trying to find ways to make them less severe and less...

Treating Pediatric Brain Tumours: A Multidisciplinary Approach

For many pediatric brain tumours, successful therapy involves a multidisciplinary approach which includes radiation therapy (RT) as well as surgery and chemotherapy. But before treatment can begin, highly specialised neuropathologists have to determine what type of tumour we are dealing with. Major advancements have been made recently in the molecular characterization of brain tumours and...

Paediatric Oncology: Why it Matters So Much

About 10,400 North American children (between birth and 14 years of age) develop childhood cancer every year. The outlook for these children has improved enormously.  Now at least 80% of them will become long-term survivors who are cured of their disease. This was very different 20 to 30 years ago, when most children with cancer did not survive.

Cure rates have for the most part...

Dr. Karen Goddard: About Me and my Practice

As a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency, I find my work really interesting and challenging. I am a full time clinician and have a very busy practice which includes caring for adult lung cancer, adult sarcoma and pediatric oncology patients. In addition, I organize long term follow-up for many adults who were previously treated for childhood cancer.

I grew up in the north of...


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