Dr. Philippa Hawley

BC Cancer Vancouver Centre
600 W. 10th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6

Type of Practice:
Palliative Medicine

Education Associations

BC Cancer


Dr. Hawley is a general internist with a palliative medicine subspecialty practice at BC Cancer, provincial lead for Pain & Symptom Management/Palliative Care and medical leader of the Vancouver team. She is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.


Hawley P, Ridley J, Youngson M. Dramatic response to lidocaine infusion for pain from brachial plexus avulsion injury. Pain Medicine Care Reports 2021

Gallagher R and Hawley P. Re. Evidence-based opioid sparing approaches to pain management. Letter to the editor in response to article. BCMJ Nov 2020:62(9):315

McTaggart-Cowan H, Bentley C, Raymakers A, Metcalfe R, Hawley P, Peacock S. Understanding cancer survivors’ reasons to medicate with cannabis: a qualitative survey based on the theory of planned behaviour. Cancer Medicine 2020;00:1-9.

Ko JJ, Ballard MS, Shenkier T, Simon J, Roze des Ordons A, Fyles G, Lefresne S, Hawley P, Chen C, McKenzie M, Ghement I, Sanders JJ, Bernacki R, Jones S. SIC-Ex – A novel assessment tool for residents leading Serious Illness Conversations. Palliative Medicine Reports 1.1:280-290, 2020. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/pmr.2020.0086

Hawley P, Gobbo M, Afghari N. The impact of legalization of access to recreational cannabis on Canadian medical users with cancer. BMC Health Services 20:977, 2020. https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12913-020-05756-8

Hawley P, Fyles G, Jefferys S. Subcutaneous lidocaine infusion for cancer-related pain. J Palliative Med 27 Apr 2020 (online ahead of print) https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2019.0621

Hawley P, MacKenzie H, Gobbo M. PEG vs. sennosides for opioid-induced constipation in cancer care. Support Care Cancer. Jul 2019;28(4):1775-178

Hawley P, Gobbo M. Cannabis use in cancer: a survey of the current state at BC Cancer before recreational legalization in Canada. Current Oncology 2019, 26(4), e425-432 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3747/co.26.4743

Sadler E, Easson A, Hawley P. Palliative care and active disease management are synergistic in modern surgical oncology. Surgery. 2018 Apr;163(4):950-953.
doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2017.10.001. Epub 2017 Dec 20.

Cheng P, Hawley P. Experiences with cutting matrix fentanyl patches as a method of dose titration in cancer patients. J Pall Med 2017 Jun;16(6):616-622