Why the LAB is ‘FAB’ in the Fight Against Cancer Webinar
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This webinar will highlight the increasing importance of the information provided by the lab when diagnosing and treating individuals with cancer. As cancer treatments are becoming more individualized and sophisticated, there is increasing reliance on understanding patient factors as well as tumor characteristics on a biochemical and cytogenetic basis. This webinar hopes to demystify what occurs in the oncology clinic and outline the rationale for specific testing in an easy-to-understand format.

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At the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • How mutated and non-mutated genes may help tailor cancer treatments
  • The rationale for some bizarre bloodwork requests from the oncology department
  • The rapidly evolving role of immunotherapies and targeted therapies in cancer treatments


Speaker: Amber Swan, MD, CCFP

Dr. Swan is a general practitioner in oncology at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (DECH). She is an associate professor and lecturer through Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Swan is a member of the Horizon Health Oncology Symptom Toxicity and Assessment Group and is the Atlantic Canada representative on the Oncology Subspecialty Committee for the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She is a co-investigator on a National Cancer Institute (NCI) accredited oncology research team and a reviewer for multiple medical journals. In her spare time, Dr. Swan owns and manages a farm with her husband and son.

Recorded: May 24, 2019

PEP hours: 1.0

CPS credits: 0

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