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Introducing February Guest Blogger Dr. Maha Almahmudi

I’d like to start by thanking our January guest blogger, Dr. Randy Gascoyne, for highlighting how generous donor support is fueling advancements in lymphoid cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency.

It is my pleasure to welcome our guest blogger for February, Dr. Maha Almahmudi. Dr. Almahmudi is a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Abbotsford Centre and an expert in endoscopic-...

Instrumental Support: Donors Making a Difference for Lymphoid Cancer Research

The BC Cancer Foundation provides instrumental support to the Gascoyne Laboratory and a number of other researchers within the Centre for Lymphoid Cancer (CLC) program. Donations made by patients and families in B.C. and elsewhere that are targeted towards the CLC allow us to create the infrastructure to maintain the research enterprise. These funds are critical to our sustainability over time...

Lymphoid Cancer Research at the BC Cancer Agency

Thanks to the generosity of BC Cancer Foundation donors, lymphoid cancer researchers like Dr. Randy Gascoyne are expanding their knowledge of the disease so the best treatment solutions can be offered to patients in B.C. and beyond.

In the past ten years, the BC Cancer Agency has become a world leader in lymphoid cancer research. But while newly-discovered therapies are improving the...

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!


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...

Dr. Janessa Laskin: Looking Ahead

Many friends and family ask “how can you be an oncologist? Isn’t it sad? How can you speak to people about death and not lose hope?”

The answer to this is, of course, different for everyone. For me, it is a privilege to become involved in people’s lives at a critical juncture and to try to help in whatever ways I can.


BC Cancer Foundation: Proudly Supporting Leadership in Research and Care

The BC Cancer Foundation’s partnership with the BC Cancer Agency is made possible by the generosity of more than 115,000 donors. This partnership is yielding incredible results, expanding the global understanding of cancer and dramatically improving the lives of cancer patients in B.C., who now have some of the best outcomes in the world.

The BC Cancer Agency is leading the world in new...

People Making a Difference

The Dalai Lama once said “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” I love this quote; it speaks to me on so many levels, especially when I go camping! And it reminds me that we are all capable of creating change and affecting the world around us.

Some people seem more adept at this; they cause a stir wherever they go. I met such a man...

Dr. Janessa Laskin: Evolution of an Oncologist

Thinking back on how I came to be an oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre it could appear to be a linear course, but to me it always seemed unpredictable.

After a few formative years in Saskatoon, I grew up in B.C. and finished high school in Vancouver. I then travelled east to the vibrant city of Montreal where I attended McGill University. I completed a BSc in Biology...


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