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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Paving a new path for survivorship care in BC

Over the past few years, we have made significant strides in the ongoing treatment for survivors of childhood cancers – a demographic previously unaccounted for within the Provincial cancer care system. The LEAF clinic is making this possible and, in partnership with generous support from donors to the BC Cancer Foundation, these survivors – many of whom are unaware of their risks – will now receive the care they need. The first education day for adult survivors of childhood cancers will be held this Fall, and will bring together survivors, their family, clinicians and community organizations...

New clinic to improve care for young cancer survivors

As we have discussed, survivors of childhood cancers have ongoing, long-term health problems known as late effects. As a result, they have special health care and screening needs. recall program in progress At the LEAF clinic, we’re organizing a “recall” program where we try to reconnect with cancer survivors who were treated in childhood and are lost to follow-up (this means that they may not have been seen for many years to check on how their health is). We want to make sure that survivors at high risk of late effects, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, second cancers and anxiety...

For survivors of childhood cancers, cure comes at a price

Hello, My name is Dr. Karen Goddard and I’m the medical director of the Adult Cancer Survivorship Program at BC Cancer. It’s a pleasure to be blogging once again for the BC Cancer Foundation and to share with you the importance of advancing research and care in this field. I have been working at BC Cancer for almost 30 years now and from the very beginning have been part of the BC Children’s Hospital pediatric oncology and the BC Cancer - Vancouver radiation oncology teams. I have cared for many children and adolescents with cancer as a member of these multidisciplinary teams. The majority of...

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...