Dr. Juanita Crook, radiation oncologist for BC Cancer.

Dr. Juanita Crook, radiation oncologist for BC Cancer.

Dr. Juanita Crook named chair in brachytherapy for Interior B.C.

Crook is a radiation oncologist at BC Cancer

An Okanagan doctor who two years ago applied an innovative breast cancer treatment to women around B.C. is now the chair of the brachytherapy at BC Cancer – Kelowna.

Dr. Juanita Crook, a radiation oncologist at BC Cancer – Kelowna and a pioneer in the field of brachytherapy, will fill the new role that will help transform care for people facing cancer in the Interior and elsewhere in the province.

Brachytherapy is beneficial over traditional radiation or chemotherapy as it delivers a smaller, more targeted, dose of radiation that produces fewer side effects.

In 2018, the Capital News reported that Crook used brachytherapy to treat breast cancer in about 75 B.C. women, all of whom are now cancer-free.

“The results are great, 100 per cent cancer-free. In the period of time, I have been doing this nobody has had a recurrence of the tumour in the tumour site where it was treated,” Crook said at the time.

According to BC Cancer, Crook is known globally as a leading expert in the field and is dedicated to advancing scientific breakthroughs, moving the dial in medicine as well as fostering leadership.

The BC Cancer Foundation kicked off a $3.5 million campaign for the chair in brachytherapy role and program, which was supported by local communities.

“Having a person based in Kelowna to lead the widespread adoption of image-guided brachytherapy across B.C. is an impressive endorsement of BC Cancer – Kelowna’s excellence,” said Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. “As a leader in cancer care and an emerging leader in technology in B.C., Kelowna has all the attributes necessary to take the next major step in breaking down cancer.”

READ MORE: Improving the standard of care through brachytherapy


@Jen_zee
jen.zielinski@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

BC Cancer Foundation

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Keremeos Grist Mill and Gards is preparing for another season of their Pantry Share program, distributing monthly packages with preserves like the one taken in the photo above. (Grist Mill Facebook)
Shares in heritage community garden program go on sale

The Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos is bringing back its Pantry Share for 2021

Expect cold weather and snow over the weekend. (Submitted photo)
Prepare for subzero weekend in South Okanagan

Expect some snow to start falling Saturday night and into Sunday

Skaha Middle School
Arrest made in indecent acts near Penticton schools

A 32-year-old man was arrested and released on strict conditions, say police

Flooding has become a reality for many communities in the Okanagan Valley as the region faces more extreme weather storms, blamed on the impact of climate change. (File photo)
Okanagan high target for spring flooding

Higher snowpack and mild winter precipitation levels raise concerns for Canada’s insurance industry

Interior Health reported 79 new cases of COVID-19 and two new death in the region Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
79 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths reported in Interior Health

Both of Friday’s deaths were both recorded at long-term care homes

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sits in on a COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health. (Birinder Narang/Twitter)
PHOTOS: Bernie Sanders visits B.C. landmarks through the magic of photo editing

Residents jump on viral trend of photoshopping U.S. senator into images

(Hal Brindley - Dreamstime)
Enderby farmers caught between coyotes and bylaw tickets

The Smith family is stuck in a Catch-22 between protecting their livestock and incurring noise complaints

A COVID-19 exposure has been confirmed at Black Mountain Elementary in Kelowna Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (Google Image)
Another COVID-19 exposure confirmed at Kelowna school

Interior Health confirmed an exposure at Black Mountain Elementary School Saturday

Members of BCEHS Station 343 in Lake Country receive a donation of treats and wine from the community in December. (Contributed)
‘Unexpected and heartwarming’: Okanagan community supports paramedics

Cards, discounts, treats, more given to Lake Country paramedics in sign of support

A 75-year-old aircraft has been languishing in a parking lot on the campus of the University of the Fraser Valley, but will soon be moved to the B.C. Aviation Museum. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Vintage military aircraft moving from Chilliwack to new home at B.C. Aviation Museum

The challenging move to Vancouver Island will be documented by Discovery Channel film crews

The North Okanagan Naturalists' Club completed its annual swan and eagle counts Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Claude Rioux - NONC photo)
North Okanagan bird count shows decrease in swan and eagle numbers

Trumpeter swans were down 61 per cent from last year’s count; eagles down 14 per cent

Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron Louis has served as the band’s chief since his first of six electoral wins in 1991. (File photo)
Okanagan Indian Band seeks nominations for upcoming election

A new OKIB chief and council will be elected March 30, 2021

Lake Country firefighters helped deliver a healthy newborn baby Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Pixabay)
Lake Country firefighters help deliver baby boy

Firefighters from the Winfield hall assisted with the birth of a healthy newborn Thursday morning

A video posted to social media by Chilliwack resident Rob Iezzi shows a teenager getting kicked in the face after being approached by three suspects on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (YouTube/Rob i)
VIDEO: Security cameras capture ‘just one more assault’ near B.C. high school

Third high-school related assault captured by Chilliwack resident’s cameras since beginning of 2021

Most Read