The Cancer Survivorship Clinic is the only such physician-led program in Ontario
As a young doctor in South Africa when Dr. Martin Chasen first heard Canadian physician Sir William Osler’s quote, “Listen to the patient, he’s telling you the diagnosis,” it struck a chord.
He never imagined someday he would be working at a Brampton hospital named after the great Canadian physician, delivering the Cancer Survivorship Clinic, a program designed to help patients in remission on their recovery journey.
“Patients (who have been handed a cancer diagnosis) don’t want to feel hopeless, helpless and abandoned,” Chasen said. “We want to help people from feeling as though they’re victims to victors. The idea behind the clinic is tell patients they don’t have to do it all alone and there’s (a) team on their side …”
Delivered by a medical oncologist, nurses and a social worker, the Cancer Survivorship Clinic offers seamless and co-ordinated support by empowering people with knowledge about their health and wellness so that they can slowly ease away from the hospital setting into the hands of their family physician and cancer support centres such as Brampton’s Wellspring Chinguacousy.
The Osler program is one-of-a-kind in the province. The clinic, which receives no funding or support from Queen’s Park, has helped some 100 people since February when it opened and currently has a wait-list.
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