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2011/2012 Annual Breast Cancer Research Grant Recipients

Dr. Nadine Caron, UNBC, Prince George

Project Title

Breast Cancer in British Columbia's Northern Communities: the Cancer Care Spectrum   
Project Overview
The objective of this study is to identify uses of breast surgery options, radiation therapy, and drug therapy for breast cancer patients in BC’s Northern Health Authority (NHA) compared to the non-NHA, using a new “Northern Breast Cancer Database.” The results of the study will improve understanding of access to quality cancer care in the NHA compared to the rest of BC and will help us gain insight into how to optimize access to cancer care for those diagnosed in rural, northern and remote regions.

Dr. Blake Gilks, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver

Project Title

Clinical Testing for Basal-like Breast Cancers   
Project Overview   
This project will develop and deploy high-quality testing for basal-like breast cancer, an aggressive subtype in need of a practical method of identification to allow best patient care and to aid development of new therapies.

Dr. Stephen Chia, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver

Project Title

Concordance and Clinical Utility Study of PAM50 in Comparison to Immunhistochemical (IHC) Assessment of Estrogen Receptor Negative and Low to Moderate Positive Stage I-III Breast Cancer   

Project Overview
The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility, concordance and ultimately the clinical use of the PAM50 test, a newer and more improved method of categorizing breast cancers.

Dr. Adelyn Ho, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Project Title

The Use of Botulinum Toxin-A in Two-stage Tissue Expander/Implant Reconstruction   

Project Overview

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of Botox in patients undergoing an immediate two-stage reconstruction with a tissue expander and implant. The research team expects that the patients receiving Botox will have a faster and more comfortable expansion process, greater satisfaction with their breast reconstruction, and an increase in their quality of life.