New UBC chair will study how cancer outcomes of Indigenous people in B.C. can be improved – CBC

Dr. Nadine Caron appointed First Nations Health Authority chair in cancer and wellness

Jan 07, 2020

Canada’s first female Indigenous general surgeon has been appointed to a newly created position at the University of British Columbia dedicated to improving cancer outcomes and wellness among Indigenous peoples.

Dr. Nadine Caron will study the experiences and unique needs of Indigenous cancer patients, survivors and their families in her role as the First Nations Health Authority chair in cancer and wellness.

Over the course of her five-year term, Caron will collect and report on Indigenous cancer experiences and outcomes, and aim to better understand the health-care system’s responsiveness to Indigenous cancer care needs.

She told CBC her focus will be on figuring out if traditional cancer research and treatments work as well for Indigenous people as they do for the rest of British Columbians.

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