Dr. Rob Olson, BC Cancer Prince George
Dr. Robert Olson
Radiation Oncologist, BC Cancer - Prince George

Blog Posts by Dr. Robert Olson

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How researchers are improving cancer outcomes in British Columbia's north

I have always been motivated by the challenge of pursuing a research career in a small centre where many said it would not be possible. Now I am proud to be working with a team of colleagues not only in the North, but across the province, the country, and the world. BC Cancer - Prince George, serving British Columbia's northern regions. It is important to do research centres in large cities, and often more efficient to bring together large teams, but also equally important to develop new research centres of excellence in locations that were previously overlooked. Not only does it expand...

How the iPad is revolutionizing cancer care in British Columbia

British Columbia’s northern region is vast at over 600,000 km 2 (approximately the size of France) and home to nearly 300,000 people, half of whom are now expected to face cancer in their lifetime. This means that there is an urgent need to develop newer and more effective methods to deliver and monitor treatment. Over the last five years my research team has lead two emerging research fields within radiation oncology to help address just that. They are known as patient reported outcomes (PROs) and precision radiotherapy for metastatic disease. A PRO is a health outcome directly reported by a...

Expanding cancer care in rural British Columbia

Hello, My name is Dr. Rob Olson. I am a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer – Prince George, the primary centre of care for those with cancer across BC’s northern region, north of Kelowna. Dr. Robert Olson, radiation oncologist at BC Cancer - Prince George. It has been five years since my last blog and quite a number of breakthroughs have taken place in the field of radiation therapy since. The realm of cancer care for families in British Columbia’s north has undergone significant changes too. I’m very much looking forward to discussing these with you over the next few weeks, to highlight...

Expanding cancer care to the north and beyond

My role as a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North will continue to include treating cancer patients mostly with radiation therapy and other treatments as needed. It is important for us to be mindful of, and work hard to understand, any cultural differences when treating and following patients. Northern B.C. communities include a much larger aboriginal population than the rest of B.C. Important work by others in Northern B.C. and at the BC Cancer Agency have identified cultural differences to be aware of when providing cancer screening, treatments and follow-up...

Dr. Robert Olson prepares to join the Centre for the North

Near the end of my residency, I was invited to relocate to the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North as part of a provincial Radiation Therapy Program and be its first radiation oncologist as well an academic physician involved in the Northern Medical Program . From a personal perspective, the move toPrince Georgeappeals to my wife and I because we have always wanted to raise our family of three children in a smaller community – just as we experienced growing up. Professionally, I see a lot of cancer research interest and opportunity in the northern region, and I want to help make patient...

About Dr. Robert Olson, Radiation Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North

My name is Rob Olson, and I would like start by thanking you for reading my first ever blog post. From a young age, I have always wanted to pursue medicine – drawn by the opportunity to blend humanitarianism and academic pursuits. I am originally from a small town in Albertaand attended the University of Calgary for my undergraduate and medical degrees. Right from the beginning of medical school I was interested in helping patients with cancer and was originally drawn to the chemotherapy side of care and research. I was then introduced to radiation oncology, where the mix of curative and...