Access to chemortherapy here reduces stress

Rebecca Lawrence
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The fifth annual Family First Radiothon 2011

Cancer has been a long battle for Moose Jaw resident Karen Seabrook.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, but despite a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation, the cancer spread to her liver and hip.

Seabrook, 56, who worked as a nurse at Providence Place before she was diagnosed with cancer, then underwent a second round of chemotherapy from March to September, 2008, in Regina.

A CT scan still showed a spot on her liver so she had a liver resection in Saskatoon and then a third round of chemotherapy in Regina from January to June 2009.

But in October, 2009, a CT scan showed the cancer on her liver again.

Seabrook started her fourth round of chemotherapy, a long course of 16 months, which just finished in February.

She has just received some good news, after tests in Winnipeg, that there is now no sign of cancer.

"It's the best news in the past five years," she said. "I'm still being watched very closely. For now, I'm off chemotherapy. I feel great. It's like a weight off my shoulders."

For her last course of chemotherapy, Seabrook was able to receive the treatment at Moose Jaw Union Hospital, which she said was a huge relief. She was on a three-week cycle where she went into the hospital once a week for two weeks and then had a week off.

But, after receiving treatment at the Day Surgery unit, Seabrook said it is in desperate need of new equipment.

This is the fifth in a series published by the Times-Herald, a community health partner, about the upcoming Family First Radiothon.

The radiothon, put on by 800 CHAB and the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, will call on the community of Moose Jaw to donate money to provide the best chemotherapy equipment in Canada at the Day Surgery unit at the Union Hospital.

Read more in tomorrow's Times-Herald edition.

Organizations: Times-Herald, Moose Jaw Union Hospital, Moose Jaw Health Foundation

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Regina, Providence Place Saskatoon Winnipeg Canada

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  • Ryan
    March 31, 2014 - 23:48

    You are a fighter mom.