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Powering Cancer Research Forward

It is Monday night... just finishing a few things and making sure all the patients are booked for their treatment.

On Mondays, I see three new patients (with a new diagnosis of cancer) and many others in follow-up.  Today, I had a medical student with me, Michelle.  She is not only very intelligent but she also cares a lot for her patients.  This is what will...

From Québec to B.C.: My Journey to a Career in Oncology

Dear July readers, this is my first blogging adventure.  I was asked to take part of this blog by the BC Cancer Foundation, and for the next month, I will do my best to keep you interested while sharing what I consider the most important elements of my work and experiences.

I suggest that we start from the beginning: my name is François Bachand and, not surprisingly, I am from Québec. I...

Introducing July Guest Blogger Dr. François Bachand

Thank you to Dr. Kim Chi for reminding us of how far we’ve come in improving outcomes for prostate cancer patients in British Columbia and the important role donors continue to play in translating research breakthroughs from the lab into the clinic.

As we officially welcome warmer summer weather in B.C., we are also pleased to welcome Dr. François Bachand as guest blogger for the month...

Dr. Kim Chi: Looking Ahead

I’ve been lucky in my career to be part of research that has resulted in major advances in the treatment of prostate cancer.

When I first started as an oncologist, there was only one treatment for advanced, hormone therapy resistant prostate cancer – it was a chemotherapy called mitoxantrone, which although well tolerated, only produced a modest improvement in symptoms with no survival...

Philanthropy, Research, and Riding to Conquer Cancer!

Key to doing cancer research is funding (i.e. money!). As researchers, we spend a lot of time trying to get funding from various sources, particularly granting agencies. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – by subjecting our ideas to repeated scrutiny, it helps us to refine our research plans and make sure that the best projects go forward. The problem is that there are lots of good ideas and...

Translational Research and the Latest Prostate Cancer Discoveries

At the BC Cancer Agency I wear a number of hats: first, I’m a medical oncologist which is a sub-specialist in the drug treatment of cancer. I’m further sub-sub-specialized in that I mainly treat patients with genitourinary (GU) cancers (cancers of the prostate, bladder, testis, kidney and adrenal gland).

I’m also a researcher and study outcomes, biomarkers, and conduct clinical trials...

Introducing June Guest Blogger Dr. Kim Chi

Thank you to Dr. Peter Watson for a month of fascinating insights from the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre. From biobanking to breast cancer research and immunotherapy, Dr. Watson highlighted the many ways donors are making a difference on the island and beyond.

We’re returning to the mainland for the month of June, with guest blogger Dr. Kim Chi. Dr. Chi is a medical...

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...

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