Dr. Janine Davies
Medical Oncologist, Principal Investigator – PREDICT

Dr. Janine Davies is a medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior. Dr. Davies received a Master’s degree in science and studied medicine at McMaster University. She completed her internal medicine and medical oncology residences in Calgary, followed by a two-year fellowship in clinical trials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Davies’ research interests include gastrointestinal cancers, including colorectal, stomach, liver and pancreatic cancer, as well as lung and breast cancer. She is also the principal investigator of PREDICT (Personal Response Determinants in Cancer Therapy), an innovative project which engages patients in the process of cancer research to improve care.

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Blog Posts by Dr. Janine Davies

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Final Thoughts from Dr. Janine Davies

Many times each month I am aware that the news I’m about to give a patient is devastating. I am buoyed by the fact that a patient, despite going through what may arguably be the most difficult journey of their life, will benefit from prior research. But for the next patient with the same disease, we want to have better ways to diagnose and treat their cancer, and better ways to treat “the whole person.” We are so fortunate to have a provincial cancer program that ensures the highest standards of care are provided and in an environment that is supported by research. Research is often a team...

PREDICT: Expanding our Knowledge of Cancer for the Benefit of Patients

For many, the mention of “research” makes one’s eyes gloss over and the mind wander to other topics! But for oncologists at the BC Cancer Agency, the promise of making progress in patient care is of the utmost importance. One project that exemplifies our long-term commitment to improve cancer care is PREDICT. The PREDICT project is a biobank—a collection of patient information, blood and tumour samples—that acts as a resource for people doing research. PREDICT started at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre and we’re now expanding it to the Southern Interior. PREDICT is a way to...

Medical Oncology: Behind the Scenes

One question I am often asked is, “What exactly does a medical oncologist do?” Obviously we order a lot of chemotherapy, but there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes! I do a combination of clinical work, research, teaching and administrative activities. My clinical work involves seeing patients, as well as presenting cases at rounds (to get multidisciplinary opinions from my colleagues), considering newer treatment options including clinical trials and investigating issues that come up. Teaching is a smaller part of my work, but I love having students and residents in my clinics to keep...

Dr. Janine Davies: My Beginnings in Medicine

I write my initial blog in the wake of the flooding in Alberta. Having grown up in Calgary, this hits close to home as family and friends have been displaced. Fortunately for many, this is a temporary (albeit major) inconvenience; but so many others haven’t been so lucky. It makes me think of my patients and their families, who in the blink of an eye, find their lives forever shaped by cancer. I am a medical oncologist in Kelowna. My initial career was in nursing and I did a Master’s degree in Science, specifically in health research, before deciding to do medicine at McMaster. I completed my...