Dr. Daniel Renouf
Medical Oncologist and Co-Director of Pancreas Centre BC

Daniel Renouf, MD, MPH, FRCPC, is a medical oncologist at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre, and the co-director of the Pancreas Centre BC.

He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alberta and completed his internal medicine and medical oncology training at the University of British Columbia and British Columbia Cancer Agency.  He undertook further training in early drug development and gastrointestinal oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of Toronto, and obtained a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University.  His research interests include developmental therapeutics and molecular epidemiology within gastrointestinal cancers, with a focus on pancreatic cancer.

You can read Dr. Renouf's blog posts here.

Blog Posts by Dr. Daniel Renouf

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Philanthropy fuels progress for pancreatic cancer research

In my previous blog I discussed some of the exciting research happening in pancreatic cancer led by our group at the BC Cancer Agency and Pancreas Centre BC. It’s safe to say that none of this would be possible without the very generous donors of the BC Cancer Foundation. When I came to the BC Cancer Agency several years ago, a major fundraising initiative by the Foundation helped create the Pancreas Centre BC. Donor support helped generate an explosion of pancreatic cancer research in BC, making us now a national leader in this area. The 10 th annual Glotman-Simpson Cypress Challenge , which...

Combining immunotherapy and chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer

Thanks to everyone who had a chance to look at last week’s blog. This week I will share with you a little bit more about my everyday work, and discuss an exciting new clinical trial now underway for pancreatic cancer. One of the fulfilling aspects of working as a clinician-researcher is that every day is different. Several days of the week I spend in the oncology clinic at BC Cancer. We have a great clinical team, including a nurse practitioner, family doctor specializing in oncology, and multiple medical trainees including medical students, residents, and medical oncology fellows. In...

Final Thoughts on the Future of Pancreatic Cancer Research

At Pancreas Cancer BC, we are very interested in understanding what cellular and molecular changes initially lead to cancerous changes, and also how the environment surrounding the cancer cell interacts to cause the cancer to evade our bodies’ defence systems. As I mentioned last week , improved technology and our ability to decode cancer DNA enables us to make major strides in our understanding of how pancreatic cancer develops. Hopefully this will lead to better ways to detect the cancer at an early stage. Pancreatic cancer remains a very challenging cancer, but I’m optimistic that...

New Directions in Pancreatic Cancer Research

In my last several posts I discussed the research our group at BC Cancer Agency and Pancreas Centre BC, as well as others are involved in: looking at developing new treatments and ways to personalize treatment strategies for pancreatic cancer. Today I’d like to touch on the work we and others are doing to understand what causes pancreatic cancer in the first place, an area of the disease which remains poorly understood. One of the major issues with pancreatic cancer is that it is difficult to detect until it reaches an advanced stage, when surgery is no longer possible. For many cancers there...

Personalized Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

In my last several posts I discussed some of the new treatments being developed for pancreatic cancer. As more options become available it is becoming increasingly important to improve our ability to individualize treatment strategies. Our group at the BC Cancer Agency and Pancreas Centre BC is very interested in studying ways to better sub-classify pancreatic cancer in the hopes of selecting treatments that are most likely to benefit patients. One strategy is through sequencing the genetic code, or DNA, that makes up the cancer cells, to try to understand what is driving the growth of a...

Pancreatic Cancer and the Immune System

Earlier this week, I wrote about some of the new chemotherapies that are being developed to treat pancreatic cancer more effectively. Another major area of new drug research in pancreatic cancer is immunotherapy: finding ways to activate the body’s immune system to contain or attack the cancer cells. There are a number of different methods that are being investigated to activate the immune system, including the use of vaccines and drugs that target specific parts of the immune pathways. At Pancreas Centre BC, immunotherapy experts are working on this, and there are also several clinical...

New Strategies for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

In this week’s blog posts, I’d like to discuss some of the exciting developments in new drug therapies for pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer has been one of the most difficult cancers to treat because it is difficult to detect early and is resistant to most chemotherapy drugs. Up until recently, very little progress had been made in finding new, effective therapies for pancreatic cancer. But in the last several years there have been several major advances. First, it was discovered that a combination of chemotherapy drugs—known as FOLFIRINOX—works significantly better than the standard...

Dr. Dan Renouf: Uncovering Novel Treatments for Pancreatic Cancer

It’s great to be invited back to the BC Cancer Foundation Blog. I work at the BC Cancer Agency as a medical oncologist and clinical researcher with a focus on pancreatic cancer and the development of new anti-cancer drugs. Pancreatic cancer is a common and very aggressive cancer, and our group at the BC Cancer Agency and Pancreas Centre BC is focused on trying to find ways to improve our ability to detect this cancer sooner, and develop more tailored and effective therapies. This is a very exciting time in pancreatic cancer research. Our understanding of the cellular and genetic changes that...

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...

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