Dr. Karen Goddard
Director of Pediatric Radiation Oncology, Vancouver Centre

Dr. Karen Goddard grew up in the north of England and moved to B.C. over 20 years ago. Following training at Princess Margaret Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children and Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Dr. Goddard began her work as a specialist at the BC Cancer Agency. As a pediatric radiation oncologist, Dr. Goddard strives to reduce the long-term side effects of radiation therapy for children affected by cancer by offering high-precision techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. As well, Dr. Goddard’s research focuses on understanding late effects of childhood cancer and finding ways to make them less severe and less frequent.

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Blog Posts by Dr. Karen Goddard

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Childhood Cancer: Finding Solutions for Late Effects

The chances of curing a child with cancer have improved very significantly over the past 20 years or so, but we still have a lot more to do. Some children will have long term health problems as a result of their illness and therapy which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. I am very interested in these “late effects” and trying to find ways to make them less severe and less frequent. Researchers from the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital recently published a study where they clinically assessed a large group of adult survivors of childhood cancer (over 1,700 patients). They...

Treating Pediatric Brain Tumours: A Multidisciplinary Approach

For many pediatric brain tumours, successful therapy involves a multidisciplinary approach which includes radiation therapy (RT) as well as surgery and chemotherapy. But before treatment can begin, highly specialised neuropathologists have to determine what type of tumour we are dealing with. Major advancements have been made recently in the molecular characterization of brain tumours and there is hope that in the future this may lead to new and innovative therapy. At the BC Cancer Agency, I work with an excellent team of neuropathologists: Dr Steven Yip, Dr. Glenda Hendson and Dr. Chris...

Paediatric Oncology: Why it Matters So Much

About 10,400 North American children (between birth and 14 years of age) develop childhood cancer every year. The outlook for these children has improved enormously. Now at least 80% of them will become long-term survivors who are cured of their disease. This was very different 20 to 30 years ago, when most children with cancer did not survive. Cure rates have for the most part improved by the use of multiple treatment modalities (chemotherapy, surgery and sometimes radiation therapy), better supportive care and through therapy intensification (using higher total doses of chemotherapy over a...

Dr. Karen Goddard: About Me and my Practice

As a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency, I find my work really interesting and challenging. I am a full time clinician and have a very busy practice which includes caring for adult lung cancer, adult sarcoma and pediatric oncology patients. In addition, I organize long term follow-up for many adults who were previously treated for childhood cancer. I grew up in the north of England and moved to B.C. over 20 years ago. My training in internal medicine was completed in the UK and my training in radiation oncology took place at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. I completed a...