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HDR Prostate Brachytherapy: Exciting Advancements through Clinical Trials

In my last post, I referred to two clinical trials involving High Dose Rate prostate brachytherapy that have been made possible through donor support. This week, I'd like to share with you the importance of the first of these trials. 

Patients often find it hard to relate to clinical studies and the chance for success can be very slim. The reason that people often do participate is...

Welcome Dr. Juanita Crook

Hi everyone,

Thank you to our August guest blogger Kelsie Thu for providing great insight into never-smoker lung cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. We wish her great success as she continues her studies in this important area of cancer research.

And now, please join me in welcoming our guest blogger for September, Dr. Juanita Crook. Dr. Crook is a radiation oncologist at...

Looking Ahead

For patients, research is hope. If we’re not doing research then there is nothing in the pipeline for them. For patients that have treatments fail, or no treatment options left, research is new hope for them. Research is absolutely necessary to find new treatments and look at why some fail.

While we continue to work on the EPI compounds, there is potential, based on literature that our...

Philanthropy Compresses Time

Philanthropy is a way of speeding up research, often much faster than grant funding. The process to acquire grants takes a long time – it can take years sometimes. For patients looking at the clock and measuring time, that’s terrible that it can takes that long to get research support. Philanthropic dollars can be immediately put to use. The BC Cancer Foundation can fund areas of research that...

What EPI Means for Advanced Prostate Cancer

At the BC Cancer Agency Research Centre, my team and I are researching a new drug compound that we developed called EPI. Currently, we are trying to get the legal authorization to use the drug with patients, and to do this we have to show toxicity levels and other requirements to ensure it is safe. We anticipate starting clinical trials with the drug by the end of this year. Patients do ask...

A Eureka Moment of Discovery

The moment of discovery for a scientist is when you know something that no one else in the world knows. These are the moments that carry us, as scientists. Yet there are different degrees of excitement about discoveries. Most are small and incremental, building a bigger picture of how something works.

There is one moment in my career that will be etched in my mind forever. This was the...

Thinking “Outside of The Box”

I feel very fortunate to have had great mentors throughout my career to date, because they have helped me get to where I am.

In the field of Urology, which includes studying prostate cancer research, approximately 13 per cent of all urologists are female, and even fewer are in leadership roles within the field. We really are a minority in this area. I am passionate about female...

The Technical Stuff: Radiation Oncology and Brachytherapy

After my discovery of a passion for oncology, I discovered a second passion for a specific type of radiation treatment called brachytherapy (pronounced brak-e-therapy). The most common type of brachytherapy, low-dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy, involves the implantation of microscopic radiation sources or “seeds” directly into or around a tumour. This means that a patient does not have to come...

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