“Cancer is a truly terrifying experience, and I hope everyone going through it will be able to have even more options for treatment.”
Cancer research: A source of hope for Lynda
The story of Lynda, who was referred to the CHUM because she needed specialized care for endometrial (uterine) cancer, is a tale of adversity, determination, resilience and hope.
Lynda went to the doctor after experiencing abnormal bleeding at the age of 54. She had been treated for precancerous cells on her cervix twice in the past, and was starting to worry. Hôpital Notre-Dame tested her and confirmed her greatest fear: she had endometrial cancer.
Lynda underwent a hysterectomy, followed by several chemotherapy and radiation sessions, and was transferred to the CHUM once it opened. A few years later, when she thought she was done with cancer for good, it made a comeback. It had now spread to her liver, kidney and peritoneum. The prognosis was bleak.
Lynda is on hormone therapy to this day, and doing much better. This treatment opens up new possibilities for controlling cancerous cells and preventing recurrence. Although she isn’t fully back to normal yet, many of her tumours have shrunk, and others are continuing to regress.
As a sign of appreciation for the care she received and to help contribute to research, Lynda started donating to the CHUM Foundation. She’s able to give back to the hospital that she now sees as her second home. She even gracefully agreed to be the face of our TV ad.
Acting faster than cancer means finding new, more effective treatments for patients like Lynda—including by further developing personalized medicine. Thanks to your generosity, this dream is within reach.
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