Dr. Arik Drucker, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Staff Medical Oncologist, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre
Member Cancer Care Nova Scotia Breast and Genitourinary Site Teams
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine, Capital Health
Mechanisms of carcinogenesis and cancer genetics, development of surrogate markers of cancer diagnosis/progression and tumor biomarkers, using multi-dimensional data; phase II and III clinical trials in genitourinary and breast cancer, cancer epidemiology, health services research.
Exploring the mysteries of occult cancer and cancer recurrence:
Together with surgeons and medical oncologists, we are collaborating with scientists at the National Research Council in Halifax to study cancer cells in the bloodstream of patients who are given chemotherapy with a curative goal after surgery. Although these cancer cells cannot be typically detected, we are studying ways to extract them from the blood, and subsequently study their genetic pattern. Our aim is to discover why some of these cells may survive and disseminate throughout the body - later causing cancer relapse, while others do not.