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Fellowship Information

List compiled by Monisha Sudarshan, M.D.

Accredited Fellowships in surgical oncology and its sub-specialities in Canada

Surgical Oncology

University of Calgary, Calgary

Dr. Gregory McKinnon|
Division of General Surgical Oncology
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
1331 — 29th Street NW
Calgary AB   T2N 4N2

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Turning Your Life Around – Fear and Uncertainty, Part 2

Turning Your Life Around is an ongoing series exclusive to the Cancer Knowledge Network.  It is written by Jen Luce, ovarian cancer survivor and young adult cancer advocate.  We hope this series will become a useful, peer-reviewed resource that will help to facilitate dialogue between cancer patients and their physicians with a view towards creating an individualized plan of action regarding treatment and therapy


After writing my last post, I realized there were other angles of fear that I hadn’t brought to light.

“Time and time again, we feel the harshness of failing – even, or especially, when we bravely make another attempt to do something.

Most of the time we don’t think about failure as an enemy, but it is. We simply have to plan a strategy that will carry us past that place where we once failed and help us to overcome all the things that dog our tracks – even ourselves. There are two necessary parts to this new strategy: first, strive to do better every day; and second, don’t look back.”

~ August 21 post from A Cherokee Feast of Days – Volume III by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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Interview | Dr.Meterissian

By: Dr. Monisha Sudarshan

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Dr. Sarkis Meterissian needs no introduction. He is not only an accomplished cancer surgeon, but he is also the Associate Dean of Post-graduate Medical education at McGill University, an active cancer researcher, Director of the Cedar’s Breast Clinic and above all a well recognized educator and mentor. He graciously grants an interview for the Cancer Knowledge Network to offer counsel and inspirational advice to surgical residents and delves down memory lane to give us an account of his own passage in the field of medicine that led him to the specialty of surgical oncology.

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Post-operative Concurrent Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy for High Risk Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck: Review of RTOG 9501

by Jonathan Klein, MD

Surgery plus adjuvant radiotherapy had long been the standard treatment for patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Looking at the results for all patients undergoing this regimen, local/regional recurrence rates were around 30%, distant metastases developed in 25% and 5-year survival was around 40%. However, in patients with high risk features such as extracapsular extension, positive surgical margins and others, recurrence rates of up to 61% had been observed and 5 year survival dipped to around 30%.1

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