Dr. Karen Gelmon
Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia, and Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency
“Cancers are made up of billions of cells and those cells can travel around the body. In metastatic breast cancers, those cells have left the breast or the lymph nodes in the immediate area, and traveled to other areas of the body.
When someone has a diagnosis of any disease, but particularly when one has an incurable disease, it’s very important that there’s a dialogue between the healthcare providers and the patient.
For a medical oncologist, the most important thing is to prolong good quality survival for a patient. It’s not just survival with terrible symptoms or terrible toxicity.
It’s good quality survival. But for every patient, their definition of good might be different.”
~Dr. Karen Gelmon
Made possible through financial support from one of the Canada’s leading research-based pharmaceutical companies.
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