Oncology is a free-standing division within the College of Medicine. The division members include physicians located at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, and at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina; research scientists located in the Health Sciences Building, University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, physicists based at the two cancer centres and epidemiologists and clinical trials. The physicians offer a broad range of expertise in medical oncology, radiation oncology, pediatric oncology as well as general and malignant hematology. All members of the College’s Division of Oncology are contracted with or employees of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency with academic appointments with the College of Medicine. They provide leadership in cancer control for the people of Saskatchewan through prevention, early detection, treatment, and research.
Medical oncologists treat cancer using chemotherapy or other medications such as targeted therapy.
Radiation oncologists treat cancer using radiation therapy (such as megavoltage X-rays or radionuclides).
Hematologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma as well as general hematology conditions such as anemia, rare blood disorders and disorders of coagulation.
Pediatric Oncologists treat cancer in children and young adults.
Our research scientists carry out cancer research activities that provide new knowledge regarding the causes, mechanisms, and possible new treatments of cancer.
Research scientists in the Division of Oncology are located in D-wing of the Health Sciences Building within the Cancer Cluster, together with other cancer researchers that are affiliated with other departments within the College of Medicine.
The Clinical Research Program, housed in the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, leads the participation in clinical trials. A large portion of the clinical trials are in partnership with the cooperative groups, the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Group (CCTG), and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and NRG which is comprised of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG). We are the only Canadian Centre to hold a membership with the Alliance, a merged board consisting of the following groups: American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), and the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG).
Medical physics is the application of physics concepts theories and methods to medicine. Radiotherapy physicists play a central role in such areas as the design and construction of radiotherapy treatment equipment, the theory of radiation absorption, dose calculation and radiobiology. Imaging physicists are continually developing and improving methods to image body structure and function.
Epidemiology and Performance Measurement
Epidemiology and Performance Measurement provides expertise in treatment outcomes, epidemiological research, risk factor surveillance, evaluation, spatial analysis and cancer surveillance to determine effectiveness of programs, assist with planning and reduce the burden of cancer for the population of Saskatchewan. It produces the Saskatchewan Cancer Control Report, which is a status report on cancer surveillance for the province. Each report highlights a special topic with detailed information about cancer for the population of Saskatchewan. Past reports have highlighted cancer prevalence and cancer stage distribution.
Dr. Monica Behl