Dr. Marco Marra
Director, BC Cancer Genome Sciences Centre , BC Cancer

Blog Posts by Dr. Marco Marra

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Why we need to expand personalized cancer treatment in British Columbia

Personalized Onco-Genomics needs to grow if we’re to fully address the cancer problem here in British Columbia. Right now we have around 26,000 new cancer diagnoses in the province, and that figure is expected to increase as our populations continue to grow and age. Approximately 10,000 of those new cases will present themselves as metastatic disease, and that is a very big clinical problem. It’s also one that we don’t know a great deal about. There is much to learn. Most of the information we’ve been able to generate about metastatic disease comes from primary tumours, restricted to a single...

Experimental study revolutionizes cancer care across globe

The origins of POG We chart the origins of the Personalized Onco-Genomics (POG) platform to an experience that occurred around 9 years ago. We had been building the capacity to sequence all 3+ billion letters of human cancer genomes. At the time there was a patient with a rare form of cancer that had been treated with surgery and radiation, but the cancer had come back. We were challenged to find all the mutations (or genetic “spelling mistakes”) and gene activity changes in the patient’s cancer genome to identify those that might have caused the patient’s cancer. By searching through the...

Dr. Marra on cancer: "We've really got to get a handle on this"

Hello, my name is Dr. Marco Marra. I’m a distinguished scientist at BC Cancer, a professor of medical genetics at the University of British Columbia and the director of the BC Cancer Genome Sciences Centre. This is my first time blogging for the BC Cancer Foundation, and I look forward to updating our donor community on the progress we have been making with genome sciences generally, and specifically our Personalized Onco-Genomics program. But, before we get to the science, I’ll introduce myself and tell you a little about how I came into this line of work. Interest in science sparked Dr...