Dr. Catherine Poh
Clinician Scientist, Integrative Oncology and Cancer Control Research, BC Cancer Agency Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency

Blog Posts by Dr. Catherine Poh

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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...