Kelsie Thu
BC Cancer Agency Cancer Research Centre - Graduate student, Interdisciplinary Oncology, University of British Columbia

Blog Posts by Kelsie Thu

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Multi-Modal Screening: New Hope for Lung Cancer Patients

Although lung cancer arises in never smokers, it is currently much more common in smokers. For this reason, it is important to continue promoting smoking cessation programs and encouraging people not to start smoking. Not only will this help reduce lung cancer mortality, but it will also help reduce the incidence of several other cancers caused by tobacco carcinogens. We also need to consider lung cancer cases that arise in former and never smokers which comprise a significant number of lung cancer patients. For this reason, the study of tumour biology in these patient cohorts is a prominent...

Lung Cancer Research: A Look Ahead

I am truly excited about what the next decade of lung cancer research will uncover. Technological advancements such as whole genome sequencing and imaging modalities have played a huge role in lung cancer research achievements over the past few years. Improvements in sequencing technology and data analysis tools have greatly facilitated the identification of genetic alterations in tumour samples which has led to the development of new targeted therapies. Advances in imaging technology have significantly improved the ability of doctors to detect lung abnormalities earlier. If I had to pick...

Lung Cancer Research at the BC Cancer Agency: The Future of Personalized Treatment

Because lung cancer is the number one cancer causing death in the world, lung cancer research is essential! Compared to other cancers, lung cancer research is often underfunded, but advancements over the past five years have been incredibly encouraging and the translation of molecular discoveries into clinical practice has happened at an extraordinary speed. For example, the lung cancer research community has identified several new gene mutations that are “druggable,” meaning that specific therapeutic agents have been designed to treat lung tumour cells harbouring those specific mutations...

Lung Cancer Research and the Role of the BC Cancer Foundation

Funds raised through the BC Cancer Foundation have played a significant role in the work of the lung cancer research team that I am part of, which includes my supervisors Dr. Wan Lam and Dr. Stephen Lam and my fellow students. In the early days of the Wan Lam Lab, the Foundation provided start up funds that allowed the lab to develop new technologies to study the molecular genetics contributing to different forms of lung cancer. In 2011, I was fortunate to receive the Betty Rice Award (awarded through the Foundation), a scholarship donated by the Rice family that is awarded to medical...

The BC Cancer Research Centre: A Great Team

Being a graduate student at the BC Cancer Agency’s Research Centre is a great experience. Our lab is located on the 9th floor and is an open, spacious work place with large windows (shaped like Petri dishes!) One of the many benefits of working at the Research Centre is having access to the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre, where I often go to listen to talks and learn about cutting-edge research happening in the building as well as by internationally-renowned scientists from all over the world. Once a year, I present my own work to my peers and mentors. Despite being a somewhat nerve...

Kelsie Thu: Lung Cancer Research from a Student's Perspective

Hello all! Thank you very much for the invitation to participate in the BC Cancer Foundation blog. My name is Kelsie and I am a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Wan Lam where we do lung cancer research. My interest in science developed during elementary school in Maple Ridge where I grew up. My first mentor was my gym teacher: a very enthusiastic, active woman who taught my class how our hearts pump blood through our bodies. I remember being totally fascinated and looking forward to each gym class to learn about how the body works. When she passed away from cancer a few years later, it...