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What I like about the Kelowna centre

Not only did I find my career focus in Edmonton, but while training I met my wife. Her family is from the Okanagan and we’re both outdoor enthusiasts, so we always had Kelowna in mind as somewhere we wanted to live. By 2003, an opportunity surfaced and I joined the BC Cancer Agency’s team in Kelowna at the Centre for the Southern Interior. I’ve been here ever since. I now have three children, and my family loves Kelowna life. One of the things that drew me to working at the Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior was the collegiality of the team here — they are happy and have a great vision...

From Edmonton to Kelowna: A little bit about me

Hello everyone, my name is Ross Halperin, and I’m happy to be blogging as a Partner in Discovery. I’ve been a radiation oncologist with the BC Cancer Agency for the past eight years. But before I get into what I do at the Agency, I’d like to tell you a bit about myself. I grew up in Ontario and come from a family of medical professionals. With a house always full of doctors, I was exposed to the ins and outs of many different medical specialties. I first learned about oncology from a close family friend, and it really intrigued me; that friend became my mentor. After moving to Edmonton to...

Introducing April’s Guest Blogger — Dr. Ross Halperin

I am pleased to introduce our first 2011 spring blogger from the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna. Dr. Ross Halperin is the Regional Professional Practice Leader for the radiation oncology department at the Centre. Because of the dedication of Ross and his colleagues at the BC Cancer Agency, the translation from research discovery to improved clinical practice happens regularly and with expediency. As a clinician, researcher and administrator, Ross sees the benefit of that translation every day. Stay tuned to follow Ross’ story and the inspiration behind his work...

A little bit about me

Hi, I’m Sharlene Gill and I am a medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Centre. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Partners in Discovery blog but I have a confession to make — this is my first time “blogging” (is that a proper verb??) so it should be interesting. Who knows, maybe I’ll even start “tweeting” after this! A bit about myself and how I ended up as a medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency … I am a Vancouver girl, born and raised, and after completing my undergraduate studies in pharmacy, I started medical school at the University of British Columbia . At that time...

Introducing March’s Guest Blogger — Dr. Sharlene Gill

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It is important to take a moment and reflect on your awareness of this disease. Did you know that it’s the third most common cancer diagnosis for men and women in Canada? There will be over 22,000 diagnoses in Canada this year alone. Our monthly bloggers continually highlight how important research is to improving care for patients. Because of the expertise and collaboration that occurs at the BC Cancer Agency, the translation from research discovery to improved clinical practice happens regularly and with expediency. This translation has made...

World-first lymphoma research discovery!

Before we get into next month’s blogger, I’m pleased to inform you of an exciting discovery that was announced today at the BC Cancer Agency. A study published in the prestigious international journal Nature outlines the discovery of a gene, CIITA, by researchers at the Agency’s Centre for Lymphoid Cancer (CLC). This discovery is a world-first because Agency researchers have found that this single gene is responsible for 40 per cent of patients with primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma) and 15 per cent of all Hodgkin lymphoma patients. This is also the first...

Explaining cancer immunology

So, I hope that I’ve built some anticipation for my explanation of cancer immunology. I’m really proud of my team at the Deeley Research Centre (DRC) in Victoria and that we’re one of only two dedicated sites in Canada that explore the link between your immune system and cancer. When I speak about your immune system, I mean the white blood cells in your body. White blood cells (especially the type called T cells) circulate throughout your body looking for signs of infection from viruses or bacteria. When they see trouble, they destroy the foreign invaders. Although cancer cells can often look...

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