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Dr. Pete Tonseth: A Passion for Radiology

Hello, my name is Dr. Pete Tonseth and I’m very pleased to be sharing a bit about myself on the BC Cancer Foundation blog this month!

I was born in Norway and moved often in my early years, living in Denmark, California and Washington before starting school in a small town in Norway. My family and I then moved to Ontario for a year before moving to Sidney in 1970, where we settled and...

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...

How B.C. Donors Support Cancer Research and Improvements to Care: Part II

In addition to supporting our early detection research efforts, BC Cancer Foundation donors have also supported summer student internships and clinical software.

Student Internships

Student internships are opportunities for university students to gain hands-on experience in cancer research.Our Early Detection Research Group has been fortunate to secure a...

Early Detection Research at the BC Cancer Agency

Hello, Dr. Rasika Rajapakshe here and I am glad to be back for Week 2 as the BC Cancer Foundation’s guest blogger! Today I will be touching on my work at the BC Cancer Agency and our Early Detection Research Group.

I am currently a Senior Medical Physicist at the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior. My work focuses on the planning of radiation...

How Philanthropy Fuels Research Into New Cancer Treatments

It has been recognized for a long time that treatment outcomes for patients with cancer improve when drugs are used in combination. Yet my research into drug combinations formulated as a single product is still considered controversial.

Concepts developed decades ago recognized that two drugs could behave better than expected based on the activity of each drug when used alone - this is...

How B.C. Donors Support Cancer Research and Innovations to Care

The collaboration and partnership of the BC Cancer Foundation with the BC Cancer Agency is of great value to our patients and all British Columbians. We all have friends, family or loved ones who have been impacted by cancer. The BC Cancer Foundation brings donors, cancer patients, families, health professionals and scientists together to find a solution for this disease.

There is no...

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!


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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