Dr. François Bachand
Radiation Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior

Blog Posts by Dr. François Bachand

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The Future: Achieving new possibilities by using all the tools available to us

This is my last post for the month. I hope you have enjoyed my posts! I am currently working on a presentation for the radiation therapists and nurses in radiation oncology. The presentation will be an update on our brachytherapy programs for gynaecological cancers. We have been developing several new techniques and want to ensure everyone is up to speed. The last slide of my presentation will be on the future of GYN brachytherapy at our centre. I have included a wish list, essentially what I want for my patients. On my list is a new operation room with the capacity of using the ultrasound,...

Powering Cancer Research Forward

It is Monday night... just finishing a few things and making sure all the patients are booked for their treatment. On Mondays, I see three new patients (with a new diagnosis of cancer) and many others in follow-up. Today, I had a medical student with me, Michelle. She is not only very intelligent but she also cares a lot for her patients. This is what will make her an excellent doctor in a few years. Last week we were talking about cancer research and how it is funded. There are actually a number of ways: For international clinical trials that are sponsored by large research groups, our...

A Busy Summer: Clinical Work and Research Initiatives at the BC Cancer Agency

What a crazy week - summer is a really busy time at work. Fundamentally, I am a clinician - this is what I do every day of the week. I meet new patients, review their options of treatment and formulate treatment plans based on the available data and science. If radiation therapy is indicated, I plan their treatment based on multiple sources of imaging including CT scans, MRI, ultrasound and PET scan (when required). Once my patients are on treatment, I see them every week and monitor the tumour response or manage the side effects. I also follow a number of my patients at the BC Cancer Agency...

From Québec to B.C.: My Journey to a Career in Oncology

Dear July readers, this is my first blogging adventure. I was asked to take part of this blog by the BC Cancer Foundation, and for the next month, I will do my best to keep you interested while sharing what I consider the most important elements of my work and experiences. I suggest that we start from the beginning: my name is François Bachand and, not surprisingly, I am from Québec. I was born in Sherbrooke a little more than 30 years ago. I have two younger brothers and grew up in the medical world. My father is a family doctor, as well as his two brothers. My mother is a medical director...