Getting up close and personal with cancer
Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer or bowel cancer, is a leading cause of death from cancer in Nova Scotia. There is an opportunity to advance treatment for Nova Scotians facing a colorectal cancer diagnosis. This treatment is known as colorectal brachytherapy; a less invasive form of radiotherapy where a sealed radiation source is placed inside or next to the area of the body requiring treatment.
The QEII’s Brachytherapy Suite was the first dedicated brachytherapy suite in Canada to combine the necessary services and equipment to treat a patient in one room. Currently, the QEII does not have the technology to perform colorectal brachytherapy. With over 1,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in Nova Scotia every year, it is imperative that the QEII aquire this technology to improve patient care and outcomes. Colorectal brachytherapy can be used alone or in combination with other therapies such as surgery and chemotherapy.
THE OPPORTUNITY: GIVING PATIENTS IMPROVED CARE AND QUALITY OF LIFE
Cancer continues to affect our quality of life. By helping bring colorectal brachytherapy technology to the QEII, you are giving patients are more comfortable journey to face their cancer diagnosis head-on. Compared to current treatment (surgery and chemotherapy), colorectal brachytherapy is far superior and provides many benefits such as:
- treating the tumour with very high doses of localized radiation while reducing the probability of unnecessary damage to surrounding healthy tissues;
- retaining the correct position of radiation, even if the patient moves or if there is any movement of the tumour within the body during treatment;
- completing treatment in less time than other radiotherapy techniques. This can help reduce the chance of surviving cancer-cells dividing and growing in the intervals between each radiotherapy dose; and
- fewer visits to the radiotherapy clinic for patients, including some the treatment as outpatients.
With your support, lives will be changed and lives will be saved.