Dr. Kit Wong is a medical oncologist who treats patients with gastrointestinal cancers.
As a medical oncologist, I am dedicated to deliver patient-centered care. I respect the values, experiences and perspectives of individual patients and their families, and integrate them in determining the optimal treatment plan. I see myself working as a team with my patients, and seek to keep them well informed at every step of their management and involve them in all treatment decisions. Furthermore, my goal is to provide the best possible care options as appropriate for each individual, whether in the form of evidence-based standard therapy or clinical trials. I strongly believe that a multidisciplinary approach is a key element in caring for patients with cancer.
- Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- HBSc: Biochemistry, University of Toronto
- MD: Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
- Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Toronto
- Fellowship: Medical Oncology, University of Toronto
- Fellowship: Developmental Therapeutics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Languages: English and Cantonese
Kit Wong, MD, has always been interested in science, particularly biology. Medicine gives her the unique opportunity of not only being intellectually challenged, but to also apply her knowledge to help others in need.
When she was in medical school, one of the first hospital patients she cared for was a young woman with advanced lung cancer. "It was my first time looking after someone with cancer, and this experience moved me in many ways," Dr. Wong says. "Not only was I deeply saddened, but I also realized the complexity of this disease and how much more we need to do to improve patient outcomes."
Dr. Wong's desire to better understand cancer and discover new therapies to positively impact the lives of cancer patients motivated her to pursue a career in oncology. "I value the privilege that an oncologist has in developing a long-term relationship with patients throughout their treatment course and being able to make a difference in their lives," she says.
Alongside treating her patients, Dr. Wong is involved in cancer research. She was drawn to gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies and drug development because of the great need for novel therapies for GI tumor types. She therefore did a second fellowship in Developmental Therapeutics following her Medical Oncology fellowship, both at the University of Toronto. She worked on a project studying a new molecular target in colon cancer and testing a new drug in tumor models, as well as being involved in early phase clinical trials. "This training consolidated my decision to have a career in translational research and cancer drug development in GI oncology, including Phase I clinical trials," Dr. Wong says.
Dr. Wong is excited by the progress that has been made in cancer research and is hopeful that much more will be done in discovering new treatments and improving survival in patients with GI cancers. "Specifically, we now recognize the remarkable cancer heterogeneity that exists," she says. "In the future, I believe that our ability to better define the molecular characteristics of tumors and their evolution and a greater understanding of the functional roles of these molecular alterations will guide the development of more effective therapies and combination strategies."
In her spare time, Dr. Wong enjoys dining out with friends, drawing and painting, attending museums/galleries and exercising.