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My patient Susan sits across from me, shifting uncomfortably in her chair.

I can only imagine what is going on in her mind – how terrified she must be. After all, Susan has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

But as a trained oncologist at PRHC, I can tell there’s something more going on. Her constant shifting isn’t just nerves. Susan is experiencing hip pain.

Sadly, a CT scan confirms my suspicions. Susan’s cancer has spread to her bones. Gently I explain it is not curable, but very treatable. With appropriate treatment we can slow the cancer down and give Susan more time to spend with her loved ones.

My name is Dr. Neera Jeyabalan, and I’m part of a cancer care team that is there every step of the way for people like Susan. Oncologists, nurses and diagnostic experts are all part of the circle that surrounds cancer patients at PRHC to ensure they have the very best care.

Our donors are part of our circle, too. With your ongoing support, you help fund the technology and equipment that form the backbone of cancer care for patients at PRHC. You help us bring new, lifesaving services like radiation therapy to your regional hospital, and make it possible for us to attract and retain expert doctors and staff.

I’m deeply grateful for our donors' commitment to our patients. And today, I hope we can count on you again. Your special gift will help ensure your neighbours, friends and loved ones can continue to access the highest standard of cancer care and treatment right here at home.

With your help, we do everything in our power to give our patients the precious gift of time – years, even decades, to embrace life and create special memories with the ones they love. But, as I’m sure you can imagine, PRHC’s ability to provide the best possible cancer care goes hand in hand with access to new, state-of-the-art equipment.

Your support today will help us invest in leading-edge equipment, including:

  • Three digital mammography machines with 3-D technology that can be used to identify the nature of an anomaly with more certainty
  • Critical diagnostic tools like cystoscopes that enable urologists to visualize the inside of the bladder, or locate and remove tumours in the prostate, without making an incision
  • Two new CT scanners to support cancer diagnosis and significantly improve quality of care for cancer patients

Access to the latest equipment and treatments can make a huge difference for cancer patients – even when the cancer is advanced, like it was in Susan’s case.

In the four years I cared for Susan, I saw her joy as she became a grandmother.

I celebrated with her when she finished her personal support worker certification. And I heard all about her son’s college graduation – how proud she was to be there that day.

Two days before she passed away, I visited Susan in our Palliative Care Unit. She told me how grateful she was for the care she received from us in the Cancer Care Program. In turn, I was thankful to be part of the circle that helped extend her extraordinary life.

And always, I’m thankful for your support. You’re there when we diagnose cancer early, provide patients with quality treatment close to home, and give them the innovative, compassionate and personalized care they need for their best chance of recovery.

Please show your support for cancer care today. With your gift you’ll continue to be by my side every time I tell a patient there are options, there is time, there is hope.

With sincere gratitude,

Dr. Neera Jeyabalan
Peterborough Regional Health Centre

P.S. We’re seeing more cancer patients at PRHC than ever before: from 4,500 patient visits in 2008 to a staggering 24,000 visits last year. We need caring supporters like you to help provide the tools and technology our doctors urgently need. Please support PRHC by sending your special gift today. Thank you.