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Tumour Group Information


Dear Family Physicians,

Please find attached the up-to-date list of tumour group coordinators at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Please use the coordinators as the ‘go-to’ person for referral inquiries and any other assistance or questions regarding a patient with a suspected/new/recurrent/metastatic cancer. The role of the tumour group coordinator is to get cancer problems directed to the right person at the right time.

If you have difficulty contacting a tumour group coordinator or would like to give general feedback, please contact Carol Baumgarten at Carol.Baumgarten@albertahealthservices.ca.

 

Breast

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Marc Webster and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Scott Blanchard. The Breast Tumour Group is a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nurses, and psychosocial team members who work together to provide multidisciplinary world class care for patients with Breast Cancers.

Cutaneous

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Claire Temple-Oberle and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Diana Keyte. The Cutaneous tumour group is a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and nurses who work together to provide multidisciplinary world class care for patients with skin tumours including melanoma as well as non-melanoma skin cancers such as basal, squamous, and Merkel cell carcinoma, and extra-mammary Paget’s disease.

Endocrine/Neuroendocrine

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Chris Symonds and the Tumour Group Coordinator is France Singleton. The Endocrine/Neuroendocrine tumour group is a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nurses, psychosocial oncology who work together to provide multidisciplinary world class care for patients with endocrine and neuroendocrine tumours.

Gastrointestinal (GI)

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Patricia Tang and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Bonnie-Mae Gerbrecht. The gastrointestinal (GI) tumour group is a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nurses, psychosocial oncology who work together to provide multidisciplinary world class care for patients with gastrointestinal tumours.

Genitourinary (GU)

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Daniel Heng and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Shay McClure. The GU Tumour Group is a multidisciplinary team that includes urologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nurses, psychosocial oncology, and pharmacists who work together to provide excellent multidisciplinary care for patients with genitourinary tumours including prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancers.  The GU Tumour Group works together to help provide the best care possible in a multidisciplinary fashion.  We are engaged in an extensive research portfolio including housing one of the largest databases for metastatic kidney cancer patients in the world as well as databases for testicular and prostate cancers.  The GU Tumour Group has published important research articles using these databases.  The GU Tumour Group is also heavily involved in phase I, II and III clinical trials evaluation the most cutting edge drugs in the field.  The GU Tumour Group also has a very strong psychosocial oncology program that includes research to ensure that every part of a patient’s well-being is looked after.

Gynecologic

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Gregg Nelson and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Sandra Whalen. The Gynecologic tumour group is a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, nurses, psychosocial oncology who work together to provide world class care for patients with pelvic cancers.

Head & Neck

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Harold Lau and Dr. Shamir Chandarana and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Erin MacDonald. The Head & Neck tumour group is a multidisciplinary team including: head and neck surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, plastic surgery, oral maxillofacial surgery, hospital dentistry, radiology, pathology, nursing, speech pathology, dieticians, social work, pharmacy and psychosocial oncology who work together to provide multidisciplinary care for patients with tumours of the oral cavity (lips, gums, cheeks, hard palate, oral tongue), throat (soft palate, base of tongue, tonsils), larynx (vocal cords), salivary glands, sinus and nasal cancers.

Hematology

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Carolyn Owen and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Debbie Peters. The Hematology Tumour Group is a multidisciplinary team composed of hematologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, hematopathologists and nurse practitioners.  We treat all forms of blood cancer including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other rare cancers.  The Hematology Tumour Group actively participates in many clinical trials that offer patients potentially better treatments than are currently available and funded by Alberta Health Services.  Several members of the tumour group also run laboratory research projects, trying to better understand these diseases and to help guide better treatments.

Lung

The Tumour Group Leaders are Dr. Desiree Hao and Dr. Elizabeth Kurien and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Kerrie Brennan. The Lung Tumour Group is a multidisciplinary team that includes thoracic surgeons, respirologists, interventional pulmonologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nurses, and  psychosocial oncology staff who work together to provide multidisciplinary care for patients with lung tumours.

Neuro Oncology

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr Paula De Robles and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Caitlin Foster. The Neuro Oncology Tumour Group is a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nurses, pharmacists, psychosocial and spiritual care who work together to provide multidisciplinary world class care for patients with cancers of the brain and spinal cord.  The tumour group is actively engaged in clinical and translational research.  The tumour group also runs multiple clinical trials with promising treatments in the hopes of improving survival and quality of like for the patients.

Pain & Palliative

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Lyle Galloway and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Renee Lee. The pain & palliative tumour group is a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nurses, psychosocial oncology who work together to provide multidisciplinary world class care for patients.

Pediatric

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Victor Lewis. The Pediatric Oncology and BMT Program is located at Alberta Children’s Hospital.  We treat children and young adults, up to the age of 18 years, who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer or tumour.  We are the Province of Alberta’s pediatric BMT site, and transplant children for various types of cancer, blood disorders, immune system deficiencies and inherited metabolic disorders.  Seven clinical and one laboratory-based physicians provide care along pediatric oncology nurses and a multi-disciplinary team or professionals all dedicated to the care of children with cancer.  We also have a Long Term Survivors (LTS) Program which patients may attend into their adult years.  We are actively planning a LTS clinic in the new cancer hospital for adult survivors of childhood cancer.  The tumour group participates in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium (POETIC) and several BMT consortia.  Through these, we offer research clinical trials to patients at all stages of their cancer experience, from experimental therapies to long-term survivorship.

Sarcoma

The Tumour Group Leader is Dr. Shannon Puloski and the Tumour Group Coordinator is Tuoyo Abati. The Sarcoma tumour group is a multidisciplinary team, that consists of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurse practitioner, and registered nurses working together to provide excellent care to patients with different types of soft tissue sarcomas. The sarcoma tumour group treats patients at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, providing multidisciplinary world class care to patients with soft tissue sarcomas such as: fibrosarcoma, liposarcoma, leiyomyosarcoma, angiosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, synovial sarcoma, etc. Sarcomas are malignant (cancerous) tumours that develop in tissues which connect, support or surround other structures and organs of the body. Soft tissue sarcomas can arise almost anywhere in the body, with most occurring in the extremities and in/around organs.