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From Student to Scientist

Back when I was a student, Dr. Wan Lam had a new group that was pioneering a cutting-edge technology to enable the first comprehensive assessment of the genetic alterations that drive cancer development. Soon, I was spending my nights and weekends at the lab and after finishing my undergraduate degree, I started my PhD with Wan as my supervisor. It was during this time that I became involved in lung cancer research, mainly due to the outstanding collaborative group at the BC Cancer Agency that consists of researchers, oncologists, pathologists, surgeons and respirologists and is led by Dr...

Dr. Will Lockwood: Developing a Passion for Cancer Research

Hi, my name is Will Lockwood and I am a scientist at the BC Cancer Agency. My path to a career in cancer research has been more straightforward than most, but was aided by the mentorship and support of many people. I am a B.C. boy through and through, born and raised in Kamloops. As with most kids, school—science in particular—was the last thing on my mind; hockey and lacrosse were my main obsessions. All that changed when my mom went back to school to become a nurse. As she talked about the things she learned in class—and through reading her textbooks—I became fascinated by science and human...

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 for his leadership over the past six years and wish him all the best as he embarks on an exciting new role in San Francisco. Doug leaves behind an enormous list of accomplishments and has positioned the BC Cancer Foundation for continued success in the future. I am honoured to lead our...

Farewell from Douglas Nelson, President & CEO

This past weekend, 2,087 cyclists joined us on the seventh annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, raising an incredible $8.4 million for cancer research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency. The Ride is a true example of the power British Columbians have to change the way the world thinks about cancer – thank you to all our participants and supporters for your incredible commitment! ~ It has been my pleasure and privilege to lead the BC Cancer Foundation over the past six years, through seven inspiring Rides , many research breakthroughs, countless fundraising goals achieved, and tens of...

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: To encourage newly-diagnosed oral cancer patients to positively face this disease and overcome it by educating them on the process of treatment and recovery; To empower clinicians through knowledge translation, such as continuing education via...

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 pathologists at cancer centres across Canada. We are now actively collecting follow-up data from 400 patients across seven participating sites and hopefully we can have this new approach adopted into general practice so...

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 advances in treatments, one in two will die within five years. For those who do survive this disease, significantly compromised daily functions and disfigurement are common long-term impacts. Continuous research in...

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 the Canadian Fellowship and the American Board Examinations, I became a specialist in Oral Pathology. I started my independent research career in 2004. Now that you know more about my background and training, I will...

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 years ago. During my internship, there was a patient who was 40 years old and suffering from oral cancer. Not only was he a short-term user of tobacco, but he was also using betel nuts simultaneously! (betel nut...

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 scientist in the department of integrative oncology and cancer control research at the BC Cancer Agency and a leading expert in the screening and management of oral cancer. I hope you will follow along this month...

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