Hello! My name is Omar El-Sherif and I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Medical Biophysics at Western University. You might have seen my last blog post outlining the details of my breast cancer research project.
The latest development in my research and training is that I wrote and submitted an article to the International Journal of Radiation Oncology – Biology -Physics, known for being one of the top journals in the radiation oncology community. My article is not yet published, but it outlines the benefits to breast cancer patients of using a medical imaging technique adopted from lung cancer radiotherapy.
Here at London Regional Cancer Program, we’ve shown that by using the added information from medical imaging, we can minimize the amount of radiation exposure to the heart that can occur during the treatment of left-sided breast cancer.
Submitting research articles and getting published in international journals is an important aspect of every PhD student’s training. Published research allows you to disseminate what you’ve learned to other cancer centers, and this knowledge translation is how we improve cancer care on a larger scale. Personally, it’s very rewarding to know that our work will potentially impact more breast cancer patients through this process.
Thank you to BCSC for your trainee support!
Pamela Greenaway-Kohlmeier Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit, London Health Sciences Centre