Exceptional cancer care is possible

You don’t have to go far for top quality cancer care in Durham Region. Lakeridge Health’s R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre is located in the heart of Oshawa and provides comprehensive cancer care services, including prevention and screening, diagnosis, treatment, palliative care, and survivorship with state-of-the-art equipment.
Having innovative technology on hand gives the expert medical staff and physicians the right tools to deliver exceptional patient care. With more than 100,000 families relying on the Cancer Centre each year, private support from donors like you is more important than ever.
Earlier this year, Lakeridge Health Foundation was thrilled to grant the funds needed to purchase an important piece of equipment for the Thoracic Department, which specializes in diseases of the chest, trachea, esophagus and stomach. Thanks to donor support, the department received their first Endobronchial Ultrasound Unit (EBUS) which uses ultrasound technology to obtain real-life images and identify difficult to reach tumours. The minimally invasive equipment can also take biopsies and fluid samples which makes for more accurate treatment and less risk.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in Ontario and treating this deadly disease is one of Lakeridge Health’s top priorities. In order for the thoracic team to better treat patients, screening and identifying cancer at an early stage is critical. Lakeridge Health was chosen by Cancer Care Ontario to be one of three hospitals in the province to pilot a new lung cancer screening test. This pilot focuses on patients over 55 years of age, and includes a low-dose CT scan to help long-time smokers find cancer earlier. To learn if you qualify for high-risk lung cancer screening, contact your doctor or call our screening pilot program at 905-576-8711 ext. 4449.
Specialized equipment plays a vital role in every aspect of patient care from pilot projects to complicated surgeries. To find out how you can make a donation and help arm Lakeridge Health staff with the very best resources now and in the future, visit www.lakeridgehealthfoundation.com.