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Bringing world-leading research into the clinic for patients

When embarking on a new research project, I always ask: what is the benefit to the patient? Understanding the patient perspective provides tremendous insight into what we need to research. As a clinician-scientist that attends to patients regularly, I believe one of the advantages I bring to the lab is that I understand intimately where people affected by cancer are coming from. This allows us to consider what we need to do in order to not only improve outcomes, but enhance quality of life for those facing these diseases. Bringing world-class research into the clinic For example, let’s say we...

A bold new vision for blood cancer treatment

Hello, Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer. My name is Florian Kuchenbauer, and I’m a clinician-scientist at BC Cancer/Vancouver General Hospital. I was recruited this past year from the University Hospital of Ulm in Germany to help find new ways to treat blood cancers – diseases that affect thousands of British Columbians every year. I’m excited to begin this journey of discovery here at BC Cancer – where leading cancer research meets world class cancer treatment. This month on the blog, I’ll be sharing how we plan to improve outcomes for these diseases. First, I’d like to introduce myself and share my...

Introducing October guest blogger Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer

Thank you to Dr. Pippa Hawley for sharing her efforts to advance palliative cancer care across our province. It is especially interesting to learn how medicinal cannabis can help address pain and symptom management, particularly given its pending legalization on October 17. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer to our blog for this month. Dr. Kuchenbauer is a recent recruit to BC Cancer, where he will focus on accelerating research and treatment for blood cancers. Funds from this year’s Inspiration Gala, taking place on November 3, will help support his work. Thanks for reading,...

How can cannabis improve patient quality of life?

Dr. Pippa Hawley. As I mentioned last week, our previous study has shown that cannabis use during cancer treatment is widespread, either as a symptom management tool or as a treatment tool, despite there being little to no scientific evidence to support the latter. Given its prevalence, we’d like to ensure patients are using cannabis-based products in the best ways possible, to reduce potential harm while also helping maximize the intended effect of alleviating symptoms and enhancing quality of life. We hope to gain a better understanding of how cannabis can aid treatment-related symptoms...

What we need to do to enhance patient quality of life in British Columbia

There is a lot of work to do if we are to further develop a pain and symptom management and palliative care program at BC Cancer that addresses the full scope of patient needs, but with ongoing research and support, we are well on our way. In order to design such a program we need to have a full understanding of all the sources of potential suffering a patient may face. Most people can receive adequate pain management fairly easily with available interventions, but there are some people who have what we call “tricky” pain – pain that doesn’t respond to typical interventions. Opportunities to...

Why we need to enhance quality of life for cancer patients in BC

Hello, My name is Pippa Hawley and I’m the medical director of the provincial pain and symptom management/palliative care program at BC Cancer, where I’ve been since 1997. I’m looking forward to connecting with you more over the coming weeks on the importance of raising the quality of life for those facing cancer. It’s an often overlooked need in the grand landscape of cancer research, but one we’re committed to addressing through our program at BC Cancer. Some of our more recent research has focused on exploring cannabis as an effective pain management tool for cancer, further bolstered by...

Introducing September guest blogger Dr. Pippa Hawley

Thank you to Carolyn Hoeschen for sharing how Cypress Challenge is helping change the story for pancreatic cancer. It is inspiring to hear of the impact we are making by coming together at events such as this, where over $2.9 million has been raised to discover new treatments for this disease. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Pippa Hawley, medical director of the provincial pain and symptom management/palliative care program at BC Cancer, to our blog this month. Dr. Hawley will share her latest research into medicinal cannabis and how it’s helping optimize the quality of life for people facing...

Donor support sparking new insight into treatment of pancreatic cancer

As a nurse practitioner working at BC Cancer, I have seen the impact of philanthropy on patients' lives first hand. Much of the work that I take part in to advance patient care for those with pancreatic cancer care is made possible by the generosity of donors to the BC Cancer Foundation. The clinical trials that are taking place – some of which are proving to be an effective means of treatment for some patients - wouldn’t exist without their support. Every community gathering and every donation in support of research into this disease sparks new insight into treatments and brings hope to...

Promising treatments in development for pancreatic cancer

Over the past 18 months, tremendous progress has taken place in pancreatic cancer research, particularly in the clinic. BC Cancer is fueling advancements in the understanding and treatment of pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers affecting Canadians. During this time, we have enrolled patients in a clinical trial which seeks to compare a standard chemotherapy with the same standard chemotherapy along with immunotherapy drugs. Perhaps activating the body’s immune system to detect cancer and mount a response can help slow the growth or cause cancer cells to die. We want to learn if...

Progress underway for pancreatic cancer in British Columbia

Hello – My name is Carolyn Hoeschen, and I’m a nurse practitioner aBC Cancer - Vancouver, with a focus on patients with pancreatic cancer. It is a pleasure to be blogging for the BC Cancer Foundation, to share with you the progress we are making in the clinic to advance care for this disease – one of the deadliest cancers facing British Columbians today. My role as a nurse practitioner allows me to work directly to enhance patient care in collaboration with many health care professionals. This involves assessment of symptoms from their disease or side effects from chemotherapy, prescribing...

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