Dr. Maha Almahmudi
Radiation Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency Abbotsford Centre

Blog Posts by Dr. Maha Almahmudi

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Challenges in the Present, Hope for the Future

Cancer has proven itself as a difficult disease to cure. With the continued support of BC Cancer Foundation donors, the BC Cancer Agency will maintain its bold direction in leading cancer research and care and one day, we will be fortunate enough to have a cure. I participate in as many Foundation events as I am able, and it is often at these events that I meet patients who have been positively impacted by our endeavours. Sadly, we don’t always have success stories. You might wonder how cancer care providers cope with the emotional challenges they face every day. It can certainly be...

How B.C. Donors Support Cancer Research and Enhancements to Care

The collaboration and partnership of the BC Cancer Foundation with the BC Cancer Agency is of great value to our patients and all British Columbians. We all have friends, family or loved ones who have been impacted by cancer. The BC Cancer Foundation brings donors, cancer patients, families, health professionals and scientists together to find a solution for this disease. There is no doubt that BC Cancer Foundation donors play a major role in the advancement of research and enhancements to patient care in our province. The Abbotsford Centre has received tremendous support from BC Cancer...

Multi-Tasking at the BC Cancer Agency

As a radiation oncologist, my days are quite busy and I have both clinical and research duties. My primary role as a clinician is to provide the most patient-centric care. I use evidence-based data from the latest research and clinical trials to present potential treatment options, benefits and risks to my patients. My patients are always partners in this decision making and together we map out a care plan in the hopes of achieving the best outcome. When I am not in the clinic or operating room, I work with the radiation therapy team (which includes a medical physicist, dosimetrist and...

Brachytherapy at the BC Cancer Agency Abbotsford Centre

When I came for my job interview at the BC Cancer Agency Abbotsford Centre, I was quite impressed with a state-of-the-art centre that is directly connected with the Abbotsford Hospital. Indeed, the hospital is the first in western Canada to have a cancer centre integrated in its design from the ground up. I was very excited to join the Abbotsford Centre’s radiation therapy group and become one of five radiation oncologists. Despite our relatively small program, our department is equipped with the latest radiation technology and collaborates with other BC Cancer Agency centres. I feel deep...

Coming to Canada to Train in Radiation Oncology

I chose to come to Canada for many reasons. I didn’t need to do much research to find out that Canadian universities are among the best internationally and have a strong reputation for high quality. Needless to say, peace, stability and multiculturalism also attracted me to this country. I wanted to do training in oncology and I landed in Montreal with my husband in the winter of 2003. It was minus 30°C! Yes! I must admit that was a bit too cold for two North African natives, coming from a country where the temperature rarely goes below zero! It took me a year and half of hard work writing...

Dr. Maha Almahmudi: The Beginnings of My Career in Medicine

Hello, my name is Dr. Maha Almahmudi - I am a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Abbotsford Centre and I am pleased to be your guest blogger for February! I grew up in North Africa, in Libya. Growing up in Libya in the 1980s during the dictatorship of the Colonel Gaddafi was hard. There was no freedom and because of Gaddafi’s actions such as supporting international terrorism and the animosity to the west, the country was isolated from the rest of the world for many years. All that said, I can’t complain. My family lived a privileged lifestyle compared to most Libyans. Both of my...