Dr. Stephen Lam
Leon Judah Blackmore Chair in Lung Cancer Research and chair of the Provincial Lung Tumour Group, BC Cancer

Dr. Lam is the Leon Judah Blackmore Chair in Lung Cancer Research and chair of the Provincial Lung Tumour Group, and directs the MDS-Rix Early Lung Cancer Detection and Translational Research Program at BC Cancer. His research interest is in early detection, chemoprevention and endoscopic therapy of lung cancer.

He has received numerous awards for his pioneering contributions to the field of early lung cancer diagnosis, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of British Columbia and the Joseph Cullen Award for life-time scientific achievements in lung cancer prevention research from the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. 

Blog Posts by Dr. Stephen Lam

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How researchers can detect cancer risk in breath

While lung cancer continues to be among the deadliest diseases today, we know this will change as we find new and more effective ways to detect it earlier. Indeed, we estimate that approximately 80 per cent of those with lung cancer may survive if caught at an earlier stage. As we look toward the future, there are many projects in the works that will help achieve this aim. Using the breath to detect cancer risk With generous support from the BC Cancer Foundation and its donors, we hope to establish what we call a Breathomics laboratory that will detect cancer risk in the breath. The body...

Pollution accounts for 23% of lung cancer deaths, research finds

By next year, we project that lung cancer will be the fifth highest killer among all cancer and non-cancer diseases across Canada. Only about 18 per cent of patients survive five years or more, simply because symptoms often don’t show until it’s too late. With our research, we know that lung cancer is treated earlier – before it spreads outside the air passages – we can change this. We project that over 80 per cent of those with early lung cancer - what we call Stage IA - can survive if the disease is caught early and treatment started. Cynthia’s story: highlighting the importance of early...

Asian women more at risk for lung cancer, research finds

Hello, My name is Dr. Stephen Lam. I'm a distinguished scientist at BC Cancer and the Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation chair in lung cancer research. I'm also the MDS - Rix endowed director of translation lung cancer research and chair of the Provincial Lung Tumour Group at BC Cancer. It has been three years since I last blogged for the BC Cancer Foundation. I am thrilled to report back on the progress we've made to advance research for this disease since. Lung cancer remains deadly, but progress on horizon Lung cancer remains among the deadliest and most prevalent cancers in B.C., Canada and...

The promising future of lung cancer research

Detecting and treating lung cancer early not only offers the best chance of cure, but decreases the symptoms and burden associated with advanced disease. While there is good scientific evidence to show early detection using low-dose CT scans can decrease lung cancer death rate by as much as 20 percent, additional research remains to be done. More than 50 percent of the lung cancer patients we see now have never smoked, and those who have smoked before have stopped for years. Currently, we are conducting research to determine the impact of outdoor and household air pollution exposures as well...

Making a Difference

BC Cancer Foundation donors provide crucial support for clinical care and research to improve the outcome of lung cancer patients. For example, through the generous support of donors, we were able to renovate the Endoscopy Suite at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Centre to install a sophisticated image management system, and acquire the latest endoscopic ultrasound equipment and different types of instruments for biopsy. This first class facility enables us to have a rapid diagnostic clinic. When patients suspected to have lung cancer are referred to us, we can offer a one-stop visit with a...

Finding the Source

I am a Respiratory Medicine specialist looking after patients with lung cancer and a Distinguished Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency Research Center. I lead a team of interventional pulmonologists with highly specialized skills to provide a rapid access service to diagnose lung cancer and determine the stage. We utilize highly technical equipment, including a computerized navigation system and endoscopic ultrasound probes to localize small lesions that are beyond the visible range of a conventional bronchoscope to take a biopsy. We also use ultrasound bronchoscopy to sample lymph glands...

Pioneering path in lung cancer research

I grew up in Hong Kong, and came to Canada when I was 17 to do my undergrad and medical school education at the University of Toronto. After graduation, I came to Vancouver to do my residency training in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine at UBC and then post-fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston and the National Cancer Center Hospital in Tokyo. I met my wife, May Ong, at Vancouver General Hospital when we were in training. She is also a University of Toronto medical school graduate. When I was in medical school, one of the health care epidemiology...