Douglas Nelson
President & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation

Blog Posts by Douglas Nelson

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Introducing April’s Guest Blogger — Dr. Ross Halperin

I am pleased to introduce our first 2011 spring blogger from the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna. Dr. Ross Halperin is the Regional Professional Practice Leader for the radiation oncology department at the Centre. Because of the dedication of Ross and his colleagues at the BC Cancer Agency, the translation from research discovery to improved clinical practice happens regularly and with expediency. As a clinician, researcher and administrator, Ross sees the benefit of that translation every day. Stay tuned to follow Ross’ story and the inspiration behind his work...

Introducing March’s Guest Blogger — Dr. Sharlene Gill

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It is important to take a moment and reflect on your awareness of this disease. Did you know that it’s the third most common cancer diagnosis for men and women in Canada? There will be over 22,000 diagnoses in Canada this year alone. Our monthly bloggers continually highlight how important research is to improving care for patients. Because of the expertise and collaboration that occurs at the BC Cancer Agency, the translation from research discovery to improved clinical practice happens regularly and with expediency. This translation has made...

World-first lymphoma research discovery!

Before we get into next month’s blogger, I’m pleased to inform you of an exciting discovery that was announced today at the BC Cancer Agency. A study published in the prestigious international journal Nature outlines the discovery of a gene, CIITA, by researchers at the Agency’s Centre for Lymphoid Cancer (CLC). This discovery is a world-first because Agency researchers have found that this single gene is responsible for 40 per cent of patients with primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma) and 15 per cent of all Hodgkin lymphoma patients. This is also the first...

Introducing February's Guest Blogger: Dr. Brad Nelson

Through the reading of our blog and the exploration of our website, I hope you’ve come to appreciate how the BC Cancer Agency is a truly provincial organization that delivers quality care and conducts breakthrough research across B.C. Some of the most unique and interesting cancer research is happening in Victoria at the Vancouver Island Centre’s Deeley Research Centre (DRC) — cancer immunology. Follow along with us this month as Dr. Brad Nelson, Director of the DRC, tells us about his research in this exciting area and how it has put Victoria on the world map for groundbreaking cancer...

A message on World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day gives me the opportunity to step back and look at where we are and how far we’ve come in our knowledge and control of this disease. It also brings to mind the dedication and skill of those who are responsible for cancer research and care in B.C. Despite our growing, aging population and the increasing numbers of us experiencing cancer, we’ve seen many life-saving discoveries and advances in recent years. Many of them are home-grown. The BC Cancer Agency, Canada’s largest, fully integrated cancer care and research organization, is right in our own backyard. Breast and ovarian...

Introducing January's Guest Blogger

It is my pleasure to introduce January’s guest blogger Dr. Marco Marra, head of the BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) . If you've been following along the past few months, you already know that the GSC is central to the research taking place at the BC Cancer Agency. Most Agency research groups collaborate with Marco, and the GSC has been a part of nearly every major research breakthrough announced at the BC Cancer Agency in the last two years. I'm sure that Marco’s posts will provide you with interesting information on how unique his team is. Warm regards, Doug

Introducing December's guest blogger

December always seems to be such a busy month. Shopping, parties and other festive activities can make for a hectic season. I pause when I remember that thousands of British Columbians and their loved ones will spend this season in the middle of a cancer journey. So, while I know that some of you might not be checking in as often over the next few weeks, we’re still going to continue blogging and informing you of the amazing work taking place throughout the province every day at the BC Cancer Agency. With that, it gives me great pleasure to turn the blog over this month to Dr. Devin...

Remembering Sindi Hawkins

As you may have heard, yesterday we lost our dear friend Sindi Hawkins. Sindi was a champion, an ambassador and a leading light for the BC Cancer Foundation and for the cancer cause. Without a doubt, Sindi made a difference in the lives of many cancer patients and their families. Sindi became a cancer advocate and fundraiser long before her own diagnosis with the disease. She created the Sindi Hawkins and Friends Charity Golf Tournament to help fund the opening of the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior – which has now been re-named in her honour. She helped fund the first-...

Making strides in ovarian cancer research

As part of our new Partners in Discovery blog, we want to give you as much opportunity as possible to hear directly from clinicians and researchers. So I’m going to turn this posting over to Dr. David Huntsman, Director of the Ovarian Cancer Research or OvCaRe Program to tell you about his team’s exciting breakthrough in ovarian cancer, published today. Warm regards, Doug This week in the New England Journal of Medicine , we published a paper describing never-before-seen mutations in a gene in two types of ovarian cancer – clear-cell carcinoma and endometrioid cancer. Both of these cancers...

Unveiling our new Partners in Discovery blog

I’m excited to share our new Partners in Discovery blog with you. Partners in Discovery represents our partnerships with the people who are helping us achieve our vision of a world free from cancer – donors, their families, and the bright minds at the BC Cancer Agency. The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge between the BC Cancer Agency and our donors, bringing them together to enable direct improvements to patient care and treatment. So, our blog is going to reflect that. We want to give our readers and our donors a “behind the scenes” look at how funds are being used, and the results of...

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