Dr. Louise Provencher is a surgeon-oncologist at the CHU de Québec-Laval University. She is also a clinical researcher at the Research Center of the CHU de Québec-Laval University, and clinical professor at the Laval University School of Medicine. Dr. Provencher is part of the research group of the Centre des Maladies du Sein of CHU de Québec-Laval University.

Dr. Provencher is a scientific committee member at the McPeak-Sirois research group and the CHU de Quebec leader for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project.

Using structured breast cancer data

The Centre des Maladies du Sein research team has a comprehensive database of all cancers diagnosed since 1974; more than 12,000 patients are listed. A database of biopsy data from 1999 is also available; data on more than 34,000 biopsies are listed. These databases allow quality publications that modify the management and follow-up of cancers and benign breast diseases.

Offer innovative treatments

The Centre des Maladies du Sein of CHU de Québec-Laval University research group is one of the largest in Canada offering innovative treatments for breast cancer. More than 50 clinical trials are active at all times and are offered to patients who consult at the clinic or are referred by clinics/hospitals in the area. These clinical trials provide access to innovative experimental medications and develop the expertise of our world-renowned oncologists.

Supporting quality of life

The Centre des Maladies du Sein of CHU de Québec-University research group is a pioneer in quality of life studies in breast cancer, from total mastectomy to partial mastectomy, to the use of the cooling cap to counteract hair loss, promoting physical activity to improve survivorship, including optimal preservation of the axillary lymph nodes. The research group is at the forefront of studies promoting quality of life despite the adverse effects of the disease on an individual’s life.

Hôpital Saint-Sacrement
1050, chemin Sainte-Foy
Centre des maladies du sein Deschênes-Fabia
Québec, Québec
Canada G1S 4L8
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Al-Akoum M, Maunsell E, Verreault R, Provencher L, Otis H, Dodin S

Effects of Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort) on hot flashes and quality of life in perimenopausal women: a randomized pilot trial

Journal Article

Menopause, 16 (2), 2009.

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Trudeau ME, Clemons MJ, Provencher L, Panasci L, Yelle L, Rayson D, Latreille J, Vandenberg T, Goel R, Zibdawi L, Rahim Y, Pouliot JF

Phase II multicenter trial of anthracycline rechallenge with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin plus cyclophosphamide for first-line therapy of metastatic breast cancer previously treated with adjuvant anthracyclines

Journal Article

J Clin Oncol, 27 (35), 2009.

Mackey J, McLeod D, Ragaz J, Gelmon K, Verma S, Pritchard K, Laing K, Provencher L, Charbonneau LF

Adjuvant targeted therapy in early breast cancer

Journal Article

Cancer, 115 (6), 2009.

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Lemieux J, Amireault C, Provencher L, Maunsell E

Incidence of scalp metastases in breast cancer: a retrospective cohort study in women who were offered scalp cooling

Journal Article

Breast Cancer Res Treat, 118 (3), 2009.

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Active projects

  • A phase II randomized study evaluating the biological and clinical effects of the combination of palbociclib with letrozole as neoadjuvant therapy in women with estrogen receptor-positive primary breast cancer, from 2016-03-30 to 2025-12-25
  • Effect of environmental contaminants and methylome of breast adipose tissue on aromatase inhibitor efficacy in breast cancer, from 2016-07-01 to 2024-09-30
  • NSABP Breast Cancer Treatment Protocols, from 1997-02-01 to 2025-12-25
  • Omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention of breast cancer: role of obesity-related markers in breast tissues, from 2018-10-01 to 2026-09-30
  • Towards better outcomes for young women with breast cancer : A pan-canadian collaborative - Reducing the bUrden of Breast cancer in Young women (RUBY), from 2016-03-10 to 2025-12-25

Recently finished projects

  • Breast adipocyte hypertrophy: a novel biomarker to predict breast cancer survival, from 2022-01-01 to 2023-03-31
  • Pilot study of a community pharmacy-based program to enhance adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy among breast, from 2019-10-01 to 2023-03-01
  • Utilisation de l'intelligence artificielle (IA) afin de prédire les résultats de biopsies faites pour les mammographies anormales avec comme but ultime de réduire le nombre de biopsies , from 2019-12-09 to 2021-12-08
  • Utilisation de l'intelligence artificielle afin de maintenir automatiquement le registre national de suivi en cancer du sein et du projet de recherche en cancer du sein associé, from 2019-01-01 to 2021-12-31
Data provided by the Université Laval research projects registery