Fighting cancer in the lab and at the bedside

The Jerusalem Post profiles Prof. Karen Gelmon, a senior medical oncologist at the department of medicine at UBC and clinical head of the investigational drug unit in her field at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA). After completing an undergraduate degree in philosophy, getting a medical degree and becoming a specialist in internal medicine, in 1984 she studied oncology at UBC and in New York State and England.
“I was just interested in it,” she says. “I wanted to know why cancer happens and what medical sense it made.”
“In my career, I have seen a lot of improvements in less-toxic treatments, and better survival rates. I have also seen an increased appreciation for cancer prevention and survivorship – the two ends of the spectrum.”

Jerusalem Post, Sat Jan 14 2012, By: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich