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Shining a spotlight on medical physics

Wow, time flies! This is my final post. I have tried over the past few weeks to provide some insight into what it means to be a medical physicist--the unique value we bring to the health care system, and to show you an example of the type of work we do to improve cancer care.

I have highlighted the value of investing in our future: bright young graduate students and residents. In this...

Planting seeds for future researchers

Last week I introduced some exciting, innovative work we are doing at the BC Cancer Agency – Southern Interior on permanent breast seed implant treatments for breast cancer. Today, I’d like to talk a bit about the vital importance of young physics trainees in pushing forward new treatments.

Engaging bright, young physics trainees is, for me, one of the true joys of my work. I do this...

Hooked on Medical Physics

I am very happy to have been invited to be the guest blogger this month. I hope you will enjoy our short journey together and learn a bit about medical physics, as it relates to innovation in cancer care. 

I was born and raised in Deep River, a small town in Ontario, where, yes, the Ottawa River is at its very deepest—123 metres (400 ft.).

Deep River was an interesting place to...

Benefits of Research Today, Plans for the Future

Hello, Dr. Rasika Rajapakshe here with my final blog post as the BC Cancer Foundation’s guest blogger! Today, I’d like to share some of the benefits of our current research and the challenges we plan to tackle in the future.

Innovative Technology

My passion for research is fueled by the long term differences and improvements we can make in cancer patient care...

My Journey from Sri Lanka to a Career in Cancer Research

Hello! My name is Dr. Rasika Rajapakshe, and I am honoured to be this month’s guest blogger.

During my time as an undergraduate student in Sri Lanka, I planned on pursuing a degree in elementary particle physics. However, my time in university also showed me the importance of helping others, and that my work and actions affect those around me.

I decided that I wanted to have a...

Multi-Tasking at the BC Cancer Agency

As a radiation oncologist, my days are quite busy and I have both clinical and research duties. My primary role as a clinician is to provide the most patient-centric care. I use evidence-based data from the latest research and clinical trials to present potential treatment options, benefits and risks to my patients. My patients are always partners in this decision making and together we map...

Introducing January Guest Blogger Dr. Randy Gascoyne

Happy New Year! Before I introduce our first blogger of 2015, I have some very exciting news to share: thanks to the generosity of BC Cancer Foundation donors, we have reached our $6.5 million fundraising target to purchase a state-of-the-art VERO™ radiotherapy system, the first of its kind in Canada. Thank you all for making the acquisition of this life-saving equipment possible!

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How BC Cancer Foundation Donors Support Research on Vancouver Island

Hello again! This week I want to tell you about how BC Cancer Foundation donors have supported our research. While I will focus on how this has happened in Victoria, donors have helped across the province in all six BC Cancer Agency centres.

In 2002, an important commitment was made by the BC Cancer Foundation to support the salary of a medical physicist for two years. The Department of...

Care and Research: Providing the Best Available Therapies for Patients Today

Welcome back! After giving you a sense last week of where I’ve come from and how I’ve ended up in B.C. I thought I would let you know what I currently do at the BC Cancer Agency.

I am very privileged to be the overall lead for the medical physics group at the BC Cancer Agency. I have been doing this since 2004. There are about 50 medical physicists working in the BC Cancer Agency's six...

Dr. Wayne Beckham: My Path to a Career in Medical Physics

Hello everyone, I’m pleased to have been asked to be this month’s guest blogger (I’ve never been an official blogger before!).

I grew up in a town in New Zealand called Rotorua, in the middle of the North Island. At that time, Rotorua had a population of around 45,000 comprising around 50% native Polynesian (Maori) and 50% of European descent. This is a much higher proportion of native...

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