Dr. Dianne Miller
Division Head of Gynecologic Oncology, and Co-Founder of Ovarian Cancer Research (OvCaRe) Program, BC Cancer Agency

Blog Posts by Dr. Dianne Miller

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A Few Final Thoughts

A few final thoughts as I wrap up an enjoyable month of blogging . . . as I mentioned a couple of posts ago, the strength in OvCaRe begins with the generous nature of the team. I work with positive colleagues, and we’ve found that this is a recipe for success, and also encourages young people to get involved and consider a career in science. What I am perhaps most proud of in my twenty years at the BC Cancer Agency is seeing the amazing talent among our up and coming junior colleagues —they’re really going to do some spectacular things in the years to come! I’m currently working with a young...

Hopes for the Future of Gynecologic Cancer Research

As I mentioned at the end of my last post, one of B.C.’s greatest strengths is the work that is being done in genomics, and we’re thrilled that the scientists at the GSC allow us to continue to “play in their sandbox,” so to speak! Our work with the GSC has led to some strong potential targets, and now is the time for us to venture into development of new, more targeted, less invasive therapies to help patients lead longer, healthier lives. Ten years from now, I hope our predictions will be correct and we will start seeing a reduction in the incidence of ovarian cancer. My second hope for the...

The Link to Philanthropy & Recent Breakthroughs

In recent years, OvCaRe has matured to a degree where we’re quite successful in receiving grant funding. But grants only fund projects, not the many other essential things that keep us moving forward. This is where BC Cancer Foundation funding comes in. We’ve seen tremendous support come in from the Underwear Affair and we’ve been able to leverage this funding to increase our success with grants. In addition, there have been some wonderful individuals who believe in our work and have provided generous funding to target a specific research initiative that might not have otherwise been explored...

A Bit About OvCaRe

Today I’d like to share with you a bit of the history of the Ovarian Cancer Research program (OvCaRe), and how it occupies an important place in my day to day work. OvCaRe was born in the VGH cafeteria just before Christmas 2000, when David Huntsman (who blogged here about his role as head of the program last summer), Blake Gilks and I sat down to discuss what we wanted an ovarian cancer research program to look like. Looking back, it was great to have the contrasting perspectives of a geneticist, gynecologic oncologist and pathologist. Together, we shared a vision for a program that would be...

The BC Cancer Agency: A Great Place to Work

I’m lucky to love the work I do. International metrics show that we are providing excellent care for ovarian cancer patients here in B.C., and I’m so proud that the BC Cancer Agency has some of the best outcomes in the world for ovarian cancer, a significant area of our translational research. I believe that the best clinical care occurs when you combine it with translational research, allowing new findings to move from bench to bedside quickly. This structure also promotes a culture of working toward the best outcomes. I feel that we’ve done this very well in B.C. and it shows! When you work...

Hello from Dianne Miller

Thanks for that intro, Doug. I’m very pleased to be the BC Cancer Foundation’s guest blogger for the month of July and to share with you a bit about my work as the Head of Gynecologic Oncology and with OvCaRe at the BC Cancer Agency. I was born in Princeton, B.C. and because my father was in the mining industry, our family moved around to several B.C. towns during my youth. I spent my elementary school years in Greenwood (a town that recently won an award for the best drinking water in the world!) and attended Boundary Central High School in Midway before moving to Vancouver. I graduated from...