Dr. Wayne Beckham
Provincial Medical Physics Leader, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre

Blog Posts by Dr. Wayne Beckham

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Celebrating the Achievements of Vancouver Island Medical Physicists

All good things must come to an end and so it has for my short month as the BC Cancer Foundation’s guest blogger! I have enjoyed telling you about where I come from and what I do at the BC Cancer Agency. I thought for this final post I would let you know of some of the medical practice changes that have been implemented because of our research work in Victoria - I am very proud of our achievements. We were the first centre in British Columbia to use intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). With IMRT we are able to precisely “paint” the radiation dose to treat just the patient’s cancer...

How BC Cancer Foundation Donors Support Research on Vancouver Island

Hello again! This week I want to tell you about how BC Cancer Foundation donors have supported our research. While I will focus on how this has happened in Victoria, donors have helped across the province in all six BC Cancer Agency centres. In 2002, an important commitment was made by the BC Cancer Foundation to support the salary of a medical physicist for two years. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria (UVic) was willing to host this position and agreed to make it permanent after two years. This was an incredibly important moment for us because degree...

Care and Research: Providing the Best Available Therapies for Patients Today

Welcome back! After giving you a sense last week of where I’ve come from and how I’ve ended up in B.C. I thought I would let you know what I currently do at the BC Cancer Agency. I am very privileged to be the overall lead for the medical physics group at the BC Cancer Agency. I have been doing this since 2004. There are about 50 medical physicists working in the BC Cancer Agency's six centres across the province. My main objective as the leader of this group is to encourage an environment where three main things are achieved: That we do excellent clinical medical physics ensuring that...

Dr. Wayne Beckham: My Path to a Career in Medical Physics

Hello everyone, I’m pleased to have been asked to be this month’s guest blogger (I’ve never been an official blogger before!). I grew up in a town in New Zealand called Rotorua, in the middle of the North Island. At that time, Rotorua had a population of around 45,000 comprising around 50% native Polynesian (Maori) and 50% of European descent. This is a much higher proportion of native to non-native people than most of the rest of New Zealand and so the city has a rich cultural heritage that extends well back before European settlement. During high school I developed an interest in physics,...