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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...

Introducing August guest blogger Carolyn Hoeschen

Thank you to Dr. Karen Goddard for sharing the importance of survivorship care across British Columbia and the need to support enhancements in this area. I am pleased to introduce Carolyn Hoeschen, nurse practitioner at BC Cancer – Vancouver, to our blog for the month of August. She will share her involvement with the latest clinical trials for pancreatic cancer, made possible by support from donors and cyclists at the annual Glotman-Simpson Cypress Challenge . Thank you for tuning in, Sarah

Paving a new path for survivorship care in BC

Over the past few years, we have made significant strides in the ongoing treatment for survivors of childhood cancers – a demographic previously unaccounted for within the Provincial cancer care system. The LEAF clinic is making this possible and, in partnership with generous support from donors to the BC Cancer Foundation, these survivors – many of whom are unaware of their risks – will now receive the care they need. The first education day for adult survivors of childhood cancers will be held this Fall, and will bring together survivors, their family, clinicians and community organizations...

New clinic to improve care for young cancer survivors

As we have discussed, survivors of childhood cancers have ongoing, long-term health problems known as late effects. As a result, they have special health care and screening needs. recall program in progress At the LEAF clinic, we’re organizing a “recall” program where we try to reconnect with cancer survivors who were treated in childhood and are lost to follow-up (this means that they may not have been seen for many years to check on how their health is). We want to make sure that survivors at high risk of late effects, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, second cancers and anxiety...

For survivors of childhood cancers, cure comes at a price

Hello, My name is Dr. Karen Goddard and I’m the medical director of the Adult Cancer Survivorship Program at BC Cancer. It’s a pleasure to be blogging once again for the BC Cancer Foundation and to share with you the importance of advancing research and care in this field. I have been working at BC Cancer for almost 30 years now and from the very beginning have been part of the BC Children’s Hospital pediatric oncology and the BC Cancer - Vancouver radiation oncology teams. I have cared for many children and adolescents with cancer as a member of these multidisciplinary teams. The majority of...

Introducing July guest blogger Dr. Karen Goddard

I am pleased to introduce Dr. Karen Goddard, radiation oncologist and medical director of the Adult Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program at BC Cancer, to the blog for July. Dr. Goddard’s focus is on enhancing care for adult survivors of childhood cancers – a demographic that faces unique medical care and monitoring throughout their lifetime. She will share why this program is essential to the health and longevitiy of people in our community who survive cancer as children. And, the ways in which our donors are helping address their critical care needs. Thank you for tuning in, Sarah

COULD FOLLOWING THIS DIET PREVENT UP TO 90% OF CANCERS?

Hi again! My lab has been working on the effects of different diets on the incidence and growth rates of cancer for over 10 years now. Our findings to date suggest that a low carbohydrate diet coupled with omega 3 supplements and exercise may dramatically reduce your risk of getting cancer. So let’s break down these findings and discuss the best foods to eat to prevent cancer from developing. Diet, chronic inflammation and cancer So what happens right after we eat a typical Western meal, which consists of approximately 60% carbohydrates? These easily digestible carbs are composed of simple...

Dr. Krystal: 'We can reduce cancer by 90% by changing our diets'

Hi there, My name is Gerry Krystal and I’m a Distinguished Scientist at BC Cancer, pursuing ways in which we can better manage and prevent cancer. I’m excited to be blogging for the BC Cancer Foundation and to speak directly to you about the relationship between food and cancer prevention. Not too long ago it was believed that one had nothing to do with the other. Now we know that is far from true. Indeed, findings from our research suggest that we may be able to reduce the incidence of cancer by up to 90% by simply changing our diets and getting more exercise. Much of my work focuses on how...

Introducing June guest blogger Dr. Gerry Krystal

We are grateful to Dr. Rob Olson for updating our community on the great work taking place at BC Cancer – Prince George to enhance care for families across the region. It is inspiring to hear that BC Cancer continues to be at the forefront of discovery in the ever-evolving field of radiation oncology. I am pleased to welcome to our blog Dr. Gerry Krystal, distinguished scientist at BC Cancer, for the month of June. Dr. Krystal will explain how we can use nutrition to potentially prevent and even manage cancer. More to come, Sarah

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