Douglas Nelson
President & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation

Blog Posts by Douglas Nelson

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Introducing December Guest Blogger Dr. Wayne Beckham

December is off to an exciting start, with yesterday’s publication of a paper by BC Cancer Agency scientists in the prestigious journal Nature . In the paper, Dr. Sam Aparicio , Dr. Sohrab Shah and their colleagues describe how breast cancers evolve over time and become resilient to treatment. These revolutionary findings will change the way drugs are developed to treat cancer in the future. I want to thank our November guest blogger, Dr. Janessa Laskin, for giving us a closer look at the Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG) Program and how it is changing our understanding of cancer treatment and...

Introducing November Guest Blogger Dr. Janessa Laskin

I’d like to start by saying thank you to the BC Cancer Foundation’s incredible community of supporters, who on Saturday raised a record-breaking $5 million at the 10 th annual Inspiration Gala ! This funding will immediately support the BC Cancer Agency’s Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG) Program, a unique clinical study that is generating genomic data to guide treatment decisions for B.C. patients facing rare and hard-to-treat cancers. This program is one of a kind in the world. Our November guest blogger, Dr. Janessa Laskin, is one of the leaders of the POG Program and a medical oncologist...

Introducing October Guest Blogger Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson

I want to start by thanking Dr. Ross Halperin for providing a close look at his work at the BC Cancer Agency and sharing why equipment like the VERO™ machine has so much potential to make a difference for cancer patients in B.C. Thank you to everyone across the province who has joined us in supporting the acquisition of this amazing technology – each day we are one step closer to our goal! With the fall season in full swing, we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson to the blog. She is a Distinguished Scientist and Head of Cancer Genetics at the BC Cancer Agency’s Genome...

Introducing September Guest Blogger Dr. Ross Halperin

Before I welcome our September guest blogger, I have some exciting news to share: Over the past several years, the BC Cancer Foundation has been recognized by Charity Intelligence and Imagine Canada for our excellence and transparency in governance. This past week, the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries named the BC Cancer Foundation as the winner of “Best Overall Governance,” recognizing the great working relationship between the BC Cancer Foundation staff and Board, as well as our efforts to improve transparency, risk management processes and our overall commitment to quality...

Introducing August Guest Bloggers: Dr. Miriam Rosin and the BC Oral Cancer Prevention Program Team

Thank you to Dr. François Bachand for taking us behind the scenes at the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior. Brachytherapy is a truly revolutionary treatment method that is bringing new hope to cancer patients in B.C. and Dr. Bachand and his colleagues are taking huge strides to make it more widely-available. For August, we are trying something new: we are very pleased to welcome a whole team of expert scientists and researchers from the BC Oral Cancer Prevention Program (BC OCPP) as our guest bloggers for the month. The BC OCPP aims to reduce the...

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 of July. Dr. Bachand is a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna and an expert in brachytherapy, a revolutionary treatment method that...

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 oncologist, specialist in the treatment of prostate and genitourinary cancers, a researcher, educator and Chair of the GU Tumour Group. As well, we are very pleased to have Dr. Chi join us on the road in a couple of...

Introducing May Guest Blogger Dr. Peter Watson

Thank you to Dr. Christian Steidl for sharing the latest groundbreaking research at the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for Lymphoid Cancer. As Dr. Steidl described, BC Cancer Foundation donors play a vital role in supporting discoveries that lead to improved treatment and care for British Columbians facing lymphoid cancer. Promising advancements to cancer research and care are also happening at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre – I am pleased to introduce our May guest blogger, Dr. Peter Watson. In addition to his work as a Senior Scientist at the Deeley Research Centre in Victoria,...

Introducing April Guest Blogger Dr. Christian Steidl

Thank you to Dr. Christine Wilson for taking us behind the scenes at the BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography Program, a world-class resource for women all across B.C. We are very pleased to have Dr. Christian Steidl join us as guest blogger for April. Dr. Steidl is a scientist in the BC Cancer Agency’s Department of Experimental Therapeutics, where he leads a team of experts in identifying the molecular characterization of lymphoid cancers. Their hope is that by studying the genetic mechanisms that cause lymphoid cancer to develop, they will uncover new and improved ways to more...

Introducing March Guest Blogger Dr. Christine Wilson

I’d like to begin by thanking Dr. Hagen Kennecke for taking us behind-the-scenes to see how research, collaboration and innovative tools are improving treatment and care for cancer patients across the province. We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Christine Wilson as our guest blogger for March. Dr. Wilson is a radiologist and Medical Director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography Program, which implemented new guidelines in February. I hope you will join me in reading Dr. Wilson’s blog posts this month. Doug

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