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It started with a shave and a conversation about the weather. That’s the moment Doug Oliver cites as the beginning of his career in health care. Now, he is focused on improving the health of older adults in his role as a respected physician researcher working in downtown Hamilton.
Hsien Seow was six when his mother, Suat-Tein, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She died four years later.
The close-knit family that included Seow’s father and older brother wasn’t prepared for her death, holding out hope as doctors had suggested until the last week of her life.
Clinical research trials on optimal radiation treatments for breast cancer often take years, and without any guarantee of meaningful outcomes.
But Timothy Whelan perseveres, driven by a singular factor, and that is the patient.
“All of my research derives from how we treat breast cancer patients, and what we could do better,” says Whelan, professor of oncology at McMaster University and radiation oncologist at the Juravinski Cancer Centre of Hamilton Health Sciences. “They are at the centre of everything I do.”