Sunita Ghosh, PhD


Department of Medical Oncology
University of Alberta

Cross Cancer Institute
11560 University Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2
Tel: 780.577.8075

Biostatistician, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, University of Alberta, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, AB

Sunita Ghosh received her master’s degree in Mathematics from Kanpur University, India followed by her PhD in Biostatistics from University of Saskatchewan in 2007. Prior to joining Alberta Health Services-Cancer Control as a Research Scientist, she was working as a Biostatistician in the Department of Agriculture Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. She joined AHS in 2006 and joined the Department of Medical Oncology as an Assisstant Clinical Professor in 2009. Her research interests are in the area of Cancer Biostatistics, longitudinal data analysis, model prognostication, survival analysis, quality of life data analysis and genetic analysis. Apart from her collaborative research work at AHS and University of Alberta, she also serves as a elected member of Statistical Society of Canada Accreditation committee, Research Ethics board member of Alberta Cancer Research Ethics Committee (ACREC) and also sits on the panel of Investigator Initiated Clinical Trial research funding committee.

Relevant Publications

Schmidt KN, Olson K, Kubrak C, Parliament M and Ghosh S (2013). Validation of the Head and Neck patient symptom checklist as a nutrition impact symptom assessment tool for head and neck cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer Vol. 21(1): 27-34

Standeven L, Hiller JP, Mulder K, Zhu G, Ghosh S and Spratlin JL (2012). Impact of a dedicated cancer center surveillance program on guideline adherence for patients with stage II and III colorectal Cancer. Clinical Colorectal Cancer (In press).

Dechaphunkul A, Phukaoloun M, Kanjanapradit K, Graham K, Ghosh S, Santos C and Mackey JR (2012). Prognostic significance of tissue inhibitor of metallorpteinase-1 in breast cancer. International Journal of Breast Cancer (Online/In Press).

Cadili A, KC Kao C, Aljahdali A, Ghosh S and Owens R (2012). Efficacy and safety of Trans-arterial splenic embolization. Archives of Clinical Exp. Surg. Vol. 1(1): 22-26

Dechaphunkul A, Mulder K, El-Gehani F, Ghosh S, Deschenes J and Spratlin J (2012). Clinicopathologic characteristics and survival outcomes of patients with advanced esophageal, gastroesophageal junction, and gastric adenocarcinoma: a single institution experience. Current Oncology Vol. 19(6). (Online)

Roa WH, Kim JO, Razzak R, Du H, Guo L, Singh R, Gazala S, Ghosh S, Wong E, Joy AA, Xing JZ, Bedard EL (2012). Sputum microRNA profiling: a novel approach for the early detection of non-small cell lung cancer. Clin. Invest. Med. Vol. 35(5):E271

Prado CM, Bekaii-Saab T, Doyle LA, Shrestha S, Ghosh S, Baracos VE, Sawyer MB. Skeletal muscle anabolism is a side effect of therapy with the MEK inhibitor – selemetunib in patients with cholangiocarcinoma. The British Journal of Cancer.2012. Apr 17. (epub ahead of print).

Pervez N, Krauze AV, Yee D, Parliament M, Mihai A, Ghosh S, Joseph K, Murtha A, Amanie J, Kamal M and Pearcey R (2012). Quality-of-life outcomes in high-risk prostate cancer patients treated with helical tomotherapy in a hypofractionated radiation schedule with long-term androgen suppression. Current Oncology Vol. 19(3):e201-e210.

Capelle L, Warkentin H, Mackenzie M, Joseph K, Gabos Z, Pervez N, Tankel K, Chafe S, Amanie J, Ghosh S, Parliament M and AbdulKarim B (2012). Skin-sparing helical tomotherapy vs 3D-conformal radiotherapy for adjuvant breast radiotherapy: In Vivo skin dosimetry study. International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics Vol. 83(5): 583-590

Cadili A, Turnbull R, Hervas-Malo M, Ghosh S and Chyczij H (2012). Identifying patients with AAA with the highest risk following Endovascular repair. Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Vol. 46(6): 455-459

Fairchild A, Ghosh S and Baker J (2012). Patterns of referral and knowledge of palliative radiotherapy in Alberta. Canadian Family Physician Vol. 58(2): 113-122.

Santana MJ, Feeny D, Ghosh S and Lien DC (2012). Patient-reported outcome 2 years after lung transplantation: does the underlying diagnosis matter? Patient Related Outcome Measures Vol 3: 79-84

Andrin C, McDonald D, Attwood KM, Rodrigue A, Ghosh S, Mirzayans R, Masson J-Y, Dellaire G and Hendzel M (2012). A requirement for polymerized actin in DNA double-strand repair. Nucleus Vol. 3(4):384-395

Liu, D, Usmani N, Ghosh S, Kamal W, Pedersen J, Pervez N, Yee D, Danielson B, Murtha A, Amanie J, Sloboda R. Comparison of prostate volume, shape and contouring variability determined from pre-implant magnetic resonance and transrectal ultrasound images. Brachytherapy 2012 (In press); DOI: 10.1016/j.brachy.2011.11.004

Capelle L., Mackenzie M., Field C., Parliament M., Ghosh S., and Scrimger R (2011). Adaptive Radiotherapy Using Helical Tomotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer in Definitive and Postoperative Settings: Initial Results. Clinical Oncology

Duggleby W., Swindle J., Peacock S., and Ghosh S. (2011). A mixed methods study of hope, transitions, and quality of life in family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease. BMC Geriatrics 2011, 11:88 doi:10.1186/1471-2318-11-88

Ghosh S., McLaughlin J.R., Spinelli J.J., Dosman J.A., McDuffie H.H. and Pahwa P. (2011). Multiple Myeloma and Occupational exposures: A Population based case-control study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (In press).

Nawaid Usmani, Ron Sloboda, Wafa Kamal, Sunita Ghosh, Nadeem Pervez, John Pedersen, Don Yee, Brita Danielson, Albert Murtha, John Amanie, Tara Monajemi (2011). Can Images Obtained With High Field Strength Magnetic Resonance Imaging Reduce Contouring Variability of the Prostate? International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, Volume 80 (3): 728-734

Shakam A, Scrimger R, Liu D, Mohamed M, Parliament M, Field GC, El-Gayed A, Cadman P, Jha N, Warkentin H, Skarsgard D, Zhu Q, Ghosh S (2011). Dose-volume analysis of locoregional recurrences in head and neck IMRT, as determined by deformable registration: a prospective multi-institutional trial. Radiother Oncol. Vol;99(2):101-7.

Robert P. Evans, Greg Dueck, Roger Sidhu, Sunita Ghosh, Inka Toman, Jonathan Loree, Nizar Bahlis, Alexander C. Klimowicz, Joyce Fung, Michelle Jung, Raymond Lai, Linda M. Pilarski, Andrew R. Belch, Tony Reiman (2011). Expression, adverse prognostic significance and therapeutic small molecule inhibition of Polo-like kinase 1 in multiple myeloma. Leukemia Research (In Press).

Susan Horsman, Karin Olson, Heather Au, Sunita Ghosh (2012). Symptom assessment in ambulatory oncology: initial validation of the nurse-developed Modified Ambulatory Care Flow Sheet. Quality Of Life Research Vol 21(5): 889-908

Gioulbasanis I, Georgoulias P, Vlachostergios PJ, Baracos V, Ghosh S, Giannousi Z, Papandreou CN, Mavroudis D, Georgoulias V. (2011) Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) and biochemical markers of cachexia in metastatic lung cancer patients: Interrelations and associations with prognosis Lung Cancer. [Epub ahead of print].

Harvey Quon, Bryan Brunet, Abraham Alexander, Albert Murtha, Bassam Abdulkarim, Dorcas Fulton, Marie Smerdely, Maryann Johnson, Raul Urtasun, Samir Patel, Sunita Ghosh, Wilson Roa (2011). Changes in Serial Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Predict Outcome in High- grade Glioma During and After Postoperative Radiotherapy. Anticancer Research, vol. 31(10): 3559-3565

Gioulbasanis I., Kamposioras K., Doufexis D., Panagiotis J. Vlachostergios, Makridou M., Giannousi Z., Ghosh S., Tzereme M., Papandreou C.N., Georgoulias V. (2011). “Predictive and prognostic value of the Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS) in Greek patients with metastatic lung cancer”. Forum of Clinical Oncology, Vol 2, No 1

Sehrawat B., Sridharan M., Ghosh S., Robson P., Cass C.E., Mackey J.R., Greiner R. and Damaraju S (2011). “Potential novel candidate polymorphisms identified in genome- wide association study for breast cancer susceptibility” Human Genetics (online) DOI: 10.1007/ s00439-011-0973-1

Winter Dixon, Brita Danielson, Edith Pituskin, Alysa Fairchild, Sunita Ghosh (2010). The Feasibility of Telephone Follow-up Led by a Radiation Therapist: Experience in a Multidisciplinary Bone Metastases Clinic. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. Volume 41, Issue 4, Pages 175-179

Fairchild A, Baker J, Ghosh S (2010). Barriers to referral for palliative radiotherapy: A survey of practitioners referring to a single Canadian tertiary cancer centre. Canadian Family Physician (In press).

Craik AC, Veldhoen RA, Czernic M, Buckland TW, Kyselytzia K, Ghosh S, Lai R, Damaraju S, Underhill DA, Mackey J, and Goping IS. (2010) The BH3-only protein Bad confers breast cancer sensitivity to taxanes through a non-apoptotic mechanism. Oncogene

Maria-Jose Santana, David Feeny, Sunita Ghosh, Ronald G Nador, Justin Weinkauf, Kathleen Jackson, Marianne Schafenacker, Dalyce Zuk, Grace Hubert and Dale Lien (2010). The construct validity of the health utilities index mark 3 in assessing health status in lung transplantation. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 8:110

Lisa Martin, Sharon Watanabe, Robin Fainsinger, Francis Lau, Sunita Ghosh, Hue Quan, Marlis Atkins, Konrad Fassbender, G. Michael Downing and Vickie Baracos (2010). Prognostic Factors in Patients with Advanced Cancer: Use of the Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment in Survival Prediction. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Vol.28: 4376-4383.

Hanan Armanious, Jean Deschenes, Pascal Gelebart, Sunita Ghosh, John Mackey, Raymond Lai (2010). Clinical and biological significance of GSK-3β inactivation in breast cancer—an immunohistochemical study. Human Pathology Vol 41(12):1657-1663.

Zsolt Gabos, John Thoms, Sunita Ghosh, John Hanson, Jean Deschenes, Siham Sabri and Bassam Abdulkarim (2010). The association between biological subtype and locoregional recurrence in newly diagnosed breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat Vol 124:187–194.

R.P.Skomro, J.Gjevre, J.Reid , B.McNab, Sunita Ghosh, R.Jokic, H.A.Ward, D.Cotton (2010). Outcomes of home – based diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Chest Vol. 138 ( 2): 257-263.

Brenda Rose, Alysa Fairchild, Sunita Ghosh, Shannon Eberle, Trevor Campbell, and Don Robinson (2010). Virtual Simulation of Bone Metastases by a Dedicated Palliative Radiation Therapist: A Retrospective Comparison Pilot Study Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. Vol. 41:25-29

Edith Pituskin, Alysa Fairchild, Jennifer Dutka, Lori Gagnon, Amy Driga, Patty Tachynski, Jo-Ann Borschneck, Sunita Ghosh (2010). Multidisciplinary Team Contributions Within a Dedicated Outpatient Palliative Radiotherapy Clinic: A Prospective Descriptive Study. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics Vol. 78(2): 527–532.

Ghosh S, Pahwa P, Rennie DC and Janzen B (2009) Gender related interactive effect of smoking and rural/urban living on asthma prevalence: a longitudinal Canadian NPHS Study. Journal of Asthma. 46(10):988-994.

Kurian Jones Joseph, Alasdair Syme, Cormac Small, Heather Warkentin, Harvey Quon, Sunita Ghosh, Colin Field, Nadeem Pervez, Keith Tankel, Samir Patel, Nawaid Usmani, Diane Severin, Tirath Nijjar, Gino Fallone, John Pedersen (2009). A treatment planning study comparing helical tomotherapy with intensity-modulated radiotherapy for the treatment of anal cancer. Radiotherapy and Oncology. 94(1):60-66

David Lesniak, Yaoxian Xu, Jean Deschenes, Raymond Lai, John Thoms, David Murray, Sunita Ghosh, John R. Mackey, Siham Sabri, and Bassam Abdulkarim (2009). β1-Integrin Circumvents the Antiproliferative Effects of Trastuzumab in Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor-2–Positive Breast Cancer. Cancer Research 69: 8620-8628

Mark Warren, Peter M. Venner, Scott North, Tina Cheng, Chris Venner, Sunita Ghosh, Allison A. Venner, and Daygen Finch (2009). A population-based study examining the effect of tyrosine kinase inhibitors on survival in metastatic renal cell carcinoma in Alberta and the role of nephrectomy prior to treatment Can Urol Assoc J. 3(4): 281–289.

C. Shenfield, D. Berger, J. Dimopoulos, S. Ghosh, R. Pötter (2009). Systematic comparison of two methods of bladder contouring in cervix cancer brachytherapy: “Direct” vs. indirect” Brachytherapy, 8 (2):141-142

Don Yee, Matthew Parliament, Satyapal Rathee, Sunita Ghosh, Lawrence Ko, Brad Murray (2010). Cone Beam CT Imaging Analysis of Interfractional Variations in Bladder Volume and Position during Radiotherapy for Bladder Cancer Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys Volume 76(4) :1045-1053

Fairchild A, Barnes E, Ghosh S, Ben-Josef E, Roos D, Hartsell W, Holt T, Wu J, Janjan N, Chow E (2009). International patterns of practice in palliative radiotherapy for painful bone metastases: Evidence-based practice? Int J Radiation Oncology Biol Phys 75(5): 1501-1510.

Nadeem Pervez ,Cormac Small, Marc MacKenzie, Don Yee, Matthew Parliament, Sunita Ghosh, Alina Mihai, John Amanie, Albert Murtha, Colin Field, David Murray, Gino Fallone and Robert Pearcey (2010).Acute Toxicity in High-Risk Prostate Cancer Patients Treated with Androgen Suppression and Hypofractionated Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys Vol 76(1):57-64

Fairchild A, Pituskin E., Rose B., Ghosh S., Dutka J., Driga A., Tachynski P., Borschneck J., Gagnon L., MacDonnell S., Middleton J., Thavone K., Carstairs S., Brent D. and Severin D. (2009). The rapid access palliative radiotherapy program: blueprint for initiation of a one-stop multidisciplinary bone metastases clinic. Support Care Cancer 17:163-70

Maria-Jose Santana, Heather-Jane Au, Melina Dharma-Wardene, Joanne D. Hewitt, David Dupere, John Hanson, Sunita Ghosh and David Feeny (2009). Health-related quality of life measures in routine clinical care: Can FACT-Fatigue help to assess the management of fatigue in cancer patients? International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 2009;25(1):90-96

Carey B Shenfield, Robert G Pearcey, Sunita Ghosh, George S Dundas (2009). The Management of Inoperable Stage I Endometrial Cancer Utilizing Intracavitary Brachytherapy Alone: A 20 Year Institutional Review Brachytherapy, 8(2): 278-283

Quon H, Ghosh S, Roa W. Changes in serial magnetic resonance spectroscopy (2009). Treatment outcomes in high-grade gliomas during and after postoperative radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Bio Phys, (in press).

Jidong Lian, George Dundas, Marco Carlone, Sunita Ghosh, Robert Pearcey (2008) Twenty- year review of radiotherapy for vaginal cancer: An institutional experience. Gynecologic Oncology (2008);111(2):298-306

Ghosh S, Pahwa P and Rennie DC. (2008). A comparison between the Design-based and Model- based approaches using longitudinal Survey Data. Model Assisted Statistics and Applications, 2008; 3(3):177-185

Tsang RY, Santos C, Ghosh S, Dabbagh L, King K, Cass CE, Reiman T, Lai R, Mackey JR (2008). Immunohistochemistry for human Concentrative Nucleoside Transporter 3 protein predicts fludarabine sensitivity in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Journal of Modern Pathology 21(11): 1387-1393.

Jha N, Seikaly H, Harris J, Williams D, Sultanum K, Hier M, Ghosh S, Black M, Butler J, Sutherland D, Kerr Pand Barnaby P (2008). Phase III randomized study comparing oral Pilocarpine vs. submandibular salivary gland transfer protocol for the management of radiation induced xerostomia. Head and Neck 31(2):234-243.

Joseph KJ, Al-Mandhari Z, Pervez N, Parliament M, Wu J, Ghosh S, Tai P, Lian JD and Levin W. “Reirradiation following radical radiation therapy: A survey of patterns of practice among Canadian radiation oncologists”. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2008; 72(5): 1523-1529.

Ghosh S, Pahwa P and Rennie DC. “Comparison of Design-based and Model-based methods to estimate the variance using National Population Health Survey Data (1994-2003)”. Model Assisted Statistics and Applications 2008; 3(1): 33-42

Ghosh S, Pahwa P, Rennie D, McDuffie HH. Opposing trends in health professional diagnosed asthma prevalence by gender: A Canadian National Population Health Survey study. Canadian Respiratory Journal (CRJ) 2008; 15(3): 146-152

Fairchild A., Goh P., Sinclair E., Barnes, E.A., Ghosh S., Danjoux C., Barbera L., Tsao M., Chow E. Has the Pattern of Practice in the Prescription of Radiotherapy for the Palliation of Thoracic Symptoms Changed Between 1999 and 2006 at the Rapid Response Radiotherapy Program? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2008; 70(3):693-700.

Takayuki S., Pahwa P., McDuffie HH, Yurube K., Egoshi M., Umemoto Y., Ghosh S., Fukushima Y., Nakagawa K. Association between cytochrome P450 3A5 polymorphism and the lung function in Saskatchewan grain workers Pharmacogenetics and Genomics, 2008; 18(6): 487-493

Takayuki S., Pahwa P., McDuffie HH., Nakada N., Goto S., Ghosh S., Nakagawa K. Interactive effect of paraoxonase-1 Q192R polymorphism and smoking history on the lung function decline in grain workers. Annals of Epidemiology , 2008; 18(4):330-334


Department of Medical Oncology
University of Alberta

Cross Cancer Institute
11560 University Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2
Tel: 780.577.8075