Dr. Hagen Kennecke
Medical Oncologist and Professional Practice Leader, Medical Oncology, BC Cancer Agency

Blog Posts by Dr. Hagen Kennecke

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A Few Thoughts on the Future of Cancer Research and Care

Hi - this week I was hoping to talk a little about how cancer treatment may look five years from now. Honestly speaking, that is something that is really difficult to predict. One of the remarkable things about science and research is that you really do not know where it is going to take you. We often try a treatment for one type of cancer and then it ends up working for a completely different type of cancer. This is what keeps everyone on their toes. One of the big things that people are talking about in all areas of medicine is the promise of gene sequencing to unlock the mystery of disease...

Outcomes Research Improving Treatment and Care

Hello again - We had another important week at the BC Cancer Agency last week, including a province-wide meeting to discuss a new pancreatic cancer initiative. Any doctor in British Columbia will be able to refer complex patients to clinical rounds to get an opinion about the best way to treat the cancer. This takes a lot of cooperation between surgeons, radiologists (the people that read the CT scans and MRIs) and medical oncologists like myself. For complicated cancers like pancreas, the best way to treat them is by having multiple doctors involved, so this should really help people with...

Exciting Developments in Cancer Research in B.C.

Hey folks – this has been an exciting week! On Tuesday a group of us conducted a province-wide presentation of the results of a big international cancer conference held in San Francisco, January 16 to 18 this year. Then, on Wednesday, we had the chance to offer some patients with rectal cancer an exciting new study that we are doing in partnership with centres across the U.S. and Canada. Results presented at the cancer conference included a vaccine study for pancreatic cancer, specifically the use of a single cancer vaccine versus two vaccines in combination to treat pancreatic cancer. The...

Hello from Dr. Hagen Kennecke

Hi! I am one of the Medical Oncologists at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre. When I introduce myself, I tell people that I am a chemotherapy doctor, but that is probably not quite true. Many of the treatments that I give are actually more “targeted” treatments that do not really fit the term chemotherapy anymore. We also call it “systemic therapy”. I was born in Germany and grew up in Canada and consider myself a true “hyphenated” Canadian. After completing some of my medical training in the U.S., I came back to Vancouver and eventually joined the BC Cancer Agency. A huge motivation for...