Dr. Bernie Eigl
Medical Oncologist, Provincial Director – Systemic Therapy Clinical Trials

Dr. Bernie Eigl is a medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency. Dr. Eigl graduated from McMaster University and completed his oncology training and genitourinary fellowship at the BC Cancer Agency before moving to Calgary, where he served as Head of the Genitourinary Tumour Research Group, Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Unit and Director of the Alberta Clinical Cancer Research Unit. Currently the Provincial Director of Systemic Therapy Clinical Trials, Dr. Eigl works to increase the impact and activity of clinical trials for cancer patients in B.C. Dr. Eigl’s research interests include bladder and prostate cancers and he is presently leading several clinical trials investigating novel therapies for these types of cancer. In the clinic, he sees patients with genitourinary cancers including prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancer.

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Blog Posts by Dr. Bernie Eigl

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Clinical trials are changing outcomes for cancer in British Columbia

Clinical trials are essential in our quest to deliver better treatment to patients here in BC. One such patient, Jacqueline Patrick, was diagnosed with breast cancer a number of years ago, but now is thriving. Like Ken and Danny, Jacquie, who is based in Chilliwack, BC, has agreed to share her story to shed light on the impact of trials on those facing cancer in our province. She writes: My back really hurt. It had been bothering me for some time, but I could no longer ignore it. On November 12, 2013, I hobbled off to follow my doctor’s instructions to get an X-ray done. I believe that I was...

Clinical trials give patients new lease on life

Patients are the heart of what we do. Every day as we get closer to developing newer and more effective methods for cancer prevention and treatment, these patients are top of mind. Last week, Danny shared his heartfelt story on the care that he received and how the clinical trial he took part in saved his life. His story underscores the life-saving nature of our work, and the importance of BC Cancer Foundation donors in giving patients new hope. Ken Sheh is another patient of mine. Initially, he was given a year to live, but now he’s cancer-free and back to his regular routine, thanks to a...

Enrolling in a clinical trial 'saved my life"

The main reason I’m passionate about clinical trials is because they're the only way we can move medicine forward and achieve the kind of progress that will improve the lives of those touched by cancer. This progress always starts with one patient at a time. Danny is one of my patients who chose to participate in a clinical trial, and he agreed to share some of his story with us. He came to us with Stage 4 bladder cancer and since enrolling in a clinical trial, his cancer has shown a complete response. Danny is a true testament to how BC Cancer Foundation donors are continuing to fuel...

Thrilling Progress Happening in Clinical Research

There are a lot of exciting developments happening right now in the realm of clinical research at BC Cancer. New discoveries are being put to the test with the potential to save more lives and reduce the burden of treatment on patients. We're one of the very few places in the world capable of conducting this kind of transformative research. One such trial is making waves for its potential to better detect cancer using a simple blood test. For cancers such as lymphoid, sometimes the only way to prevent the disease from spreading is surgery, removing all lymph nodes that have the potential to...

How clinical trials are changing outcomes in British Columbia

Hello, it’s Dr. Bernie Eigl. For those who don’t know me, I’m the provincial director of clinical trials at BC Cancer. In my role, I oversee the strategic direction and operations support of clinical trials at BC Cancer’s six centres. I’m also a researcher and oncologist, with a special focus in bladder cancer. Dr. Bernie Eigl, medical oncologist and provincial director of clinical trials at BC Cancer. I’m excited to return as guest blogger for March. A lot has been accomplished over the past year in the realm of clinical research. It’s a continually evolving field, where discoveries are made...

Reflecting on the Pace of Cancer Discovery

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of cancer, “The Emperor of All Maladies,” Siddhartha Mukherjee quotes the Red Queen from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” to describe perfectly how clinical cancer research must move: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” I find myself reflecting on this quote very often. Cancer cells arise from us – they evolve and become resistant in response to every treatment that we have devised so far. So we keep working fastidiously to either overcome this resistance or to find a new approach that might eliminate the cancer...

B.C. Clinical Trials: A Unique Approach Achieves Results

Yesterday started off well but ended poorly. I saw Chris for his regular visit – he’d just returned from a vacation with his family and it was wonderful to see the pictures. He’d also just had another CT scan which showed further shrinkage of his cancer, so we were all pretty happy. At the end of my clinic I saw another young man who was not faring nearly as well, and who was now facing the reality that there simply are no good options left to knock his cancer down. Over my career, I’ve realized that while the thrill of success keeps me going, I also know that we will always have...

Finding New Hope Through Clinical Trials

As a medical oncologist, I specialize in treating about five cancer types, and the main focus of my current research is in bladder cancer. I’d like to describe a couple of the clinical trials we have been involved in lately. The first is a study comparing new immunotherapy treatments to our current standard of chemotherapy. Under normal circumstances our body’s immune system is constantly surveilling our cells and getting rid of damaged or mutated cells before they can cause trouble or become cancers. Therefore, when cancers grow in our bodies they must figure out a way to “hide” from the...

Achieving Great Things in B.C., Thanks to Donors

It’s an honour and privilege to be invited back as a BC Cancer Foundation guest blogger. It is hard to believe that it has already been four years since my first foray into blogging. Much has changed since then: I can finally say that I am a Vancouverite, as my family and I have settled into our new home; I have established a busy practice with a focus on bladder cancer; and some of the research projects I am involved in are developing well (more on that later). A few important things have also stayed the same (or improved). Under combined new leadership, both the BC Cancer Foundation and the...

Clinical Trials: An Inspiring Story

I received some distressing news yesterday. One of my friends, I’ll call him “B”, is in hospital. From what I was told, he’s had a heart attack and is in very serious condition. My thoughts are with B and his loving wife. This worrying news made me reflect back on my relationship with B. We’ve known each other for over six years, he was a patient of mine back in Calgary. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer more than 15 years ago and had been told his disease was “incurable” long before I met him. His cancer (like most) responded and then progressed with the usual lines of treatment (mainly...

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