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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...

Dr. Daniel Renouf: My Journey to the BC Cancer Agency

Hello everyone, I’m Dan Renouf, a medical oncologist and clinical researcher at the BC Cancer Agency. The areas I focus on include the treatment of pancreatic cancer, and the development of new therapies to treat cancer. In this first blog post I want to start by telling you a bit about myself: I grew up in Edmonton and did my medical school training at the University of Alberta—I’m still a big Edmonton Oilers fan! I then came to Vancouver for my residency training in internal medicine and medical oncology. I became quite interested in the areas of pancreatic cancer and development of new...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Bust a Move for Breast Cancer Research at the BC Cancer Agency

Hi everyone, I want to start by thanking our most recent guest blogger Dr. Juanita Crook. As you read in Dr. Crook’s fascinating posts, HDR brachytherapy is changing the cancer landscape in our province. We are fortunate to have such a high level of expertise and leadership at the BC Cancer Agency as this program continues to grow. As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer affecting women in B.C. — this year an estimated 3,200 British Columbians will be diagnosed. But thanks to great strides in research and care, more...

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