The Inaugural Edition of “The Clinical Chronicle” Discusses Current Issues in Cancer Surgery

Earlier this month, the inaugural edition of “The Clinical Chronicle” was released, which discussed some of the big issues that cancer surgeons in BC are facing today and the plans they have going forward. Featured in the article is our very own Dr. Andrea MacNeill. You can find the article and more information about “The Clinical Chronicle” at the links provided.

New Study on the Impact of Surgery on Global Climate

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea MacNeill on her recent publication in Lancet Planetary Health regarding the impact of surgery on global climate. The study estimated the carbon footprint of several health care facilities, and found that in addition to energy consumption (i.e. heating, air conditioning), anesthetic gases were one of the largest contributors to the generation of greenhouse gas emissions. You…

Operating Room Ultrasound Advances Breast Cancer Care at the BCCA

In early March 2016, West Coast Surgical Oncology and the BC Cancer Agency took a major step forward to improve the care of breast cancer patients. With funds from the BC Cancer Foundation, specialized ultrasound equipment was purchased for surgeons to use during breast cancer surgery. This equipment allows real-time confirmation of the cancer site, size, and resection margins. There…

West Coast Surgical Oncology welcomes new expert cancer surgeon

West Coast Surgical Oncology is pleased to welcome Dr Trevor Hamilton as a new member of our team. Dr Hamilton is a surgical oncologist with clinical and research expertise in the fields of gastric cancer, retroperitoneal sarcoma, peritoneal malignancy and laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery. He completed medical school at Dalhousie University, general surgery residency at the University of Calgary, surgical…

Vancouver surgical oncologist chairs national update on breast cancer surgery

September 20, 2014: Dr Andy McFadden, a surgical oncologist in Vancouver, chaired a symposium for breast cancer surgeons held today at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This symposium, part of a 3-day national meeting of Canadian general surgeons, was coordinated by Dr McFadden in his role as chair of the Oncology Committee for the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. The session…


We perform most major cancer operations at Vancouver General Hospital. After surgery, patients recover on the inpatient wards of VGH. Tests such as CT scans, MRIs, ultrasound, xrays, and blood tests are done here. The Emergency Department is used for patients requiring urgent assessment and/or admission to hospital.

UBC Hospital

Many day surgeries and some surgeries requiring a short (over night) stay in hospital are performed at the UBC Hospital. This hospital is located within the Point Grey Campus of the University of British Columbia. You will be given clear directions if your surgery is going to be booked at the UBC Hospital.