It’s hard to believe but it will soon be a year since Jim died from stomach cancer. I am forever grateful for your love and support of Jim and me throughout his illness, and of me as I continue to find a new rhythm in my life.
Even during a tough year, there have been moments of light and hope. One of these moments, is a deepening connection with Dr. Eric Chen and his team at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, who provided Jim with such excellent, compassionate medical care. I wanted to “give back” and support their work in a way that would benefit other patients and families living with stomach cancer.
I have identified a research project led by Dr. Chen that examines a long-standing chemotherapy drug called Cisplatin which is commonly used to treat stomach cancer. By measuring the amount of Cisplatin in a patient’s tissue, we may be able to determine how likely a tumour is to recur after surgery. This information will help us personalize chemotherapy treatments for each patient.
So, together with The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, we have set up a stomach cancer research fund. Our goal is to raise $200,000 to cover the costs of tissue analysis and a clinical fellow to support Dr. Chen’s research. I would appreciate your help sharing this campaign with your families and friends.
I will be matching all contributions up to $50,000.
All proceeds raised will go towards a stomach cancer fund to support Dr. Eric Chen’s research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.
Dr. Chen grew up in China and received his first degree there in pharmacology. He later came to study in Canada where he attended medical school at the University of Toronto.
Currently, Dr. Eric Chen works as a staff Medical Oncologist in the department of medical oncology and hematology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. He has been working with The Princess Margaret for 15 years and specializes in treating patients with cancer of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This includes cancer found in areas such as the esophagus, stomach, colon, and rectum.
With your generous support, Dr. Chen and his team will continue to develop better and more effective cancer treatments for patients.
What is stomach cancer?
Stomach cancer is a disease in which cells in the stomach can become malignant and form a tumor. The tumor can then spread to other parts of the body and destroy nearby tissue. Stomach cancer most commonly begins in the inner layer of the stomach wall. This is called gastric mucosa. Sometimes cells in the stomach can change, making them abnormal but not cancerous. These cells would still need to be treated, otherwise they may become cancerous in the future. Over the years, the number of cases of stomach cancer have been declining, and though North America has one of the lowest incidence rates, stomach cancer is still one of the most common cancers worldwide. Higher risk areas around the world include China, Korea, Japan, and Eastern Europe.
Buildup of fluid in the abdomen
Darkening of skin on body folds and creases
Loss of appetite
Wart-like growths on skin
What are the treatment options?
A few factors would determine the ideal treatment plan for someone with stomach cancer including the stage of the cancer, location of the tumor, and the individual's overall health.
Surgery to remove the tumour
Targeted therapy through the use of drugs
In support of my campaign, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is offering one 6-week paid internship with the Brand Communications department.
Upon completion of a donation, you will have the option of nominating a student who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution. This student can then apply for the internship.
The 6-week paid internship will begin at a mutually convenient time.
A panel of three marketing experts from The Foundation along with Reeta Roy will review applicants and select the successful candidate. Only the successful candidate will be notified and the decision will be posted on The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation website.