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Hello from Lou Del Gobbo and Introducing September Guest Blogger

Hello everyone, I’m Lou Del Gobbo, Interim President & CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation, and I’m very pleased to introduce our September guest blogger.

Before I share what’s coming up this month on the blog, I want to extend a warm thank you to outgoing BC Cancer Foundation President & CEO Doug Nelson...

Understanding the Experiences of Oral Cancer Patients

This year, in addition to tackling yet-to-be-solved problems through research, we commenced the Patient Support Initiative (PSI). Understanding the experiences of oral cancer patients and their caregivers is key to making recommendations for a change in standard management or policy in the health care system. We expect PSI to play multiple roles:

  1. To encourage...

Philanthropy, Research and the Ride to Conquer Cancer

BC Cancer Foundation donors have helped me build a strong foundation for oral cancer research. The hallmark of my research is the COOLS trial, a surgical study using a blue-light device invented at the BC Cancer Agency to better outline the surgical margins for patients receiving surgery.

This is a pan-Canadian study involving oral cancer patients, head and neck surgeons, and...

Translational Research: From the Laboratory to Patient Care

My primary research focus is on translational research—from bench to bedside—applying new technologies and findings from the laboratory to patient care. This involves the application of molecular and imaging tools for community screening, early detection, and management of cancerous and precancerous oral lesions.

In Canada, one in 10,000 people has oral cancer. Even with current...

Understanding Oral Cancer

In my last post, I shared how I came from Taiwan to British Columbia to study oral cancer, but my training didn’t stop after I completed my PhD.

To better understand oral cancer, I completed a three-year oral pathology residency under the direction of Dr. Robert Priddy. Through this training, I came to understand more of the clinical aspect of this disease. After I passed both...

Dr. Catherine Poh: How I Became an Oral Cancer Researcher

Hello, my name is Catherine Poh and I am an oral cancer researcher. I took the “long way” to get to where I am today.

I grew up in Taiwan and got my dental degree from the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. Though I was getting my degree in general dentistry, I had already developed a great interest in pathology/oral pathology during my time in Taipei.  This was twenty some...

Introducing August Guest Blogger Dr. Catherine Poh

Thank you to our July guest blogger Dr. Rasika Rajapakshe for taking us behind the scenes at the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, where tremendous efforts are being made to improve treatment and care for cancer patients in British Columbia.  

I’m very pleased to introduce our guest blogger for August, Dr. Catherine Poh. Dr. Poh is a clinician...

Introducing September Guest Blogger Dr. Ross Halperin

Before I welcome our September guest blogger, I have some exciting news to share:

Over the past several years, the BC Cancer Foundation has been recognized by Charity Intelligence and Imagine Canada for our excellence and transparency in governance. This past week, the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries named the BC Cancer...

Dr. Denise Laronde: My Journey from Student to Teacher

Hello! My name is Dr. Denise Laronde and I am pleased to be wrapping up the month of blog posts from the BC OCPP team!

From a research life point-of-view, I was ‘born and raised’ in the BC Oral Cancer Prevention Program. I started as a Masters student, moved on to my doctorate, and now, I am a ‘real’ researcher!

I had worked as a dental hygienist for more than 10 years when an...

Supporting Oral Cancer Research through Community and Philanthropy

Hello, my name is Brenda Currie and my journey to support oral cancer research through community-based philanthropy was a deliberate choice. I was inspired by the talented team of researchers at the BC Cancer Agency in the BC Oral Cancer Prevention Program (BC OCPP), and the realization that there was no community fundraising in support of oral cancer research.

I am a dental hygienist...

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