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BC Cancer Agency: Current Research and Looking Ahead

The research my colleagues and I are currently focusing on is the development of a new electrical impedance-based system for simultaneous cardiac and respiratory gating. This technique involves applying constant low electrical current signals to the body and monitoring change in voltage across the chest area to indicate breathing and cardiac activity simultaneously. This device will be linked to the radiation treatment device so that we can control delivery of the radiation beam during the appropriate portion of breathing and cardiac cycle. This way we may be able to improve delivery of...

My Work in Radiotherapy at the BC Cancer Agency

I joined the BC Cancer agency in 2006 because of the Agency’s mandate and vision of "a cancer free society." We are working collectively to achieve this broad aim: To reduce the incidence of cancer. To reduce the mortality rate of people with cancer. To improve the quality of life of people living with cancer. I personally like to live closer to nature, and this also attracted me towards a career in beautiful British Columbia. At the BC Cancer Agency, my work involves radiotherapy, which is a way of treating or managing cancer using high energy ionizing radiation. Along with surgery and...

Medical Physics at the BC Cancer Agency

Hello everyone, Some of you may be interested to know the role of medical physicists in cancer treatment. Medical physicists are health care professionals with specialized training in an application of physics in medicine and are an integral part of the Radiation Oncology team where cancer patients are treated with high energy radiation. Medical physicists perform an important role working along with the radiation oncologist, the radiotherapy technologist and others, to assure the accurate radiation dose is delivered at right location. They are scientists with graduate training in physics (M...

Dr. Kirpal Kohli: My Background in Medicine

Hello everyone, I’m very pleased and excited to be the BC Cancer Foundation’s guest blogger for the month of December. I am a Professional Practice Leader in Medical Physics at the BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre and an Adjunct Professor at School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. I was born in small town called Chirimiri in Madhya Pradesh state of India, famous for coal fields and a beautiful hill station. After completing high school, I moved to Punjab state where I did my under graduate degree and PhD in Bio Physics with the Department of Bio Physics and Center of...

Happy Holidays and Welcome Dr. Kirpal Kohli

Hi everyone, The holidays are in full swing at the BC Cancer Foundation! December is a very special time, when donors from around the province make contributions to cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency in honour of loved ones and in hope of a bright future for cancer patients and their families. I encourage all of you to consider the BC Cancer Foundation in your holiday giving, and to send an online message of hope for the holidays. I’d like to thank our November guest blogger Dr. Dan Renouf for sharing with us all the many reasons we have for hope and the swiftly changing landscape of...

The Future of Pancreatic Cancer Research

Hello everyone, It’s been great blogging this month and this is my final post. Over the last several weeks I’ve talked about some of the exciting areas of research we’re working on in pancreatic cancer. This is a cancer with very few effective treatments and research into new treatments and detection methods is urgently needed. Pancreatic cancer was a cancer that historically did not receive a lot of attention, but this is starting to change in a big way. This year’s Inspiration Gala in support of pancreatic cancer was a huge success, bringing pancreatic cancer research to the forefront in B...

BC Cancer Agency: The Place for Cutting-Edge Research

Hello everyone, Right now is a very exciting time for cancer research in British Columbia for several reasons, one of them being the huge advances that have been made in the technology we use at the BC Cancer Agency. The BC Cancer Agency is a world leader in genomics research, which is the study of the genetic changes that lead to cancer development and growth. In the past decade there’s been an astronomical improvement in the technology used for this research, and thus information that would have taken years or even longer to get in the past can now be obtained in only hours. This...

Current Pancreatic Cancer Research at the BC Cancer Agency

Hello everyone, In this week’s post I’d like to tell you about some of the areas of research we’re working on to improve our ability to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer. As many of you are aware, pancreatic cancer is a common and very aggressive cancer, and there are several reasons why we have a difficult time treating it: one issue is that pancreatic cancer often doesn’t cause symptoms until it is quite advanced. Another issue is that it tends to be very resistant to most types of chemotherapy. One of the main areas of research in pancreatic cancer involves trying to better understand...

Clinical Trials for Pancreatic Cancer at the BC Cancer Agency

Hello everyone, We’ve had a very exciting week since the last post! The Inspiration Gala was an incredible event, with over $3.5 million raised for cancer research. My colleagues and I are truly inspired by and thankful for the generosity that led to this amazing achievement. We’re also very excited about the upcoming research initiatives in pancreatic cancer. I work as a clinician investigator and spend about half my time involved in patient care and teaching and the rest on research. My main area of research is in clinical trials, with a focus on developing new anti-cancer drugs, and trying...

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