By Renu Mehta
TORONTO: Meena Singh was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 that left her devastated. Being a vegetarian, she was highly conscious of eating organic food and eliminating chemicals in her diet.
Timely care, emotional support as well as many treatments took place before the doctor told her she was past the danger mark. Now she treasures every moment, goes out with friends, and tries to enjoy her life and living healthy again.
Just like Meena and many others who are diagnosed with cancer, Nelda Lozinski, cancer patient at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH), is happy to just be able to see the sun rise and set. And while Nelda is focused on today, staff and physicians at TSH are focused on tomorrow to ensure the future of cancer care at the hospital is just as bright.
The 67-year old grandmother was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006, and is one of the thousands of patients who receive treatment through The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) Cancer Care Program.
However, the hospital envisions something more for the residents of Scarborough – an integrated Cancer Care Program that will streamline services, increase efficiency and improve access for patients with cancer.
Recently, the hospital has taken a major step in the right direction towards a brighter tomorrow for its cancer patients – Karen Craig, a Nurse Navigator, has joined the breast cancer team at TSH and plays a major role in providing patients and families with coordinated care, emotional support, education to assist in informed decision-making, and links to community resources.
According to Cancer Care Ontario, the incidence of breast cancer in women has risen significantly since screening mammography has become common and is detecting more cases. With more women, and some men, being diagnosed with breast cancer, ensuring these patients receive timely access to care, especially during the diagnostic phase, is imperative to determining and beginning treatment.
The Nurse Navigator helps connect the people and the pieces to create a seamless continuum of care for patients.
“The diagnostic process can be very frightening – it’s the fear of the unknown,” says Karen. “My job here is to pull the pieces together to ensure patients and families can receive timely access to medical care, emotional support and education – all in a formalized, individualized process.”
To support cancer initiatives, Deepti Aurora, a successful entrepreneur, and Dr. Shivani Sharma, a renowned general practitioner, are organizing The Pink Gala for the benefit of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation.
“The Gala theme is called Hollywood Bollywood Night and will take place at Markham Convention Centre, 30 Ironside Crescent in Scarborough on April 13 at 5 pm,” says Aurora. “We anticipate a full house and proceeds from funds raised at this Gala will go to Integrated Breast Cancer Surgery with Reconstruction.
People interested in attending should call me at 416-660-6095 or call Neelam Kumar at 647-409-3535,: