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Stories of Canadians Living with Cancer

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or have a loved one who was, it can feel scary, overwhelming, and so much more. Hearing the stories of others facing a similar disease situation can help remind you that you’re not alone – and that there is hope.

 

Here, we share inspiring stories of real patients who have faced cancer, including their journey with immunotherapy.

 

The following is part of a series that highlights cancer patients who have been treated (or are being treated) with cancer immunotherapy/ies, sometimes in combination with other cancer treatments. Each patient’s journey is different, and outcomes are not the same for everyone. As with any drug or medical treatment, cancer immunotherapy can result in side effects.

Sylvain

From Diagnosis to Avid Runner

When diagnosed with cancer in 2010, Sylvain was given a one per cent chance of living two more years. Since then, he has undergone invasive surgery and various treatments, including cancer immunotherapy. In the fall of 2019, after training for several years, he fulfilled a lifelong dream: he completed a marathon in New York City with his wife.

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If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or have a loved one who was, it can feel scary, overwhelming, and so much more. Hearing the stories of others facing a similar disease situation can help remind you that you’re not alone – and that there is hope.

 

Here, we share inspiring stories of real patients who have faced cancer, including their journey with immunotherapy.

 

The following is part of a series that highlights cancer patients who have been treated (or are being treated) with cancer immunotherapy/ies, sometimes in combination with other cancer treatments. Each patient’s journey is different, and outcomes are not the same for everyone. As with any drug or medical treatment, cancer immunotherapy can result in side effects.

Shannon

From Cancer to Motherhood and Beyond

After multiple cancer diagnoses and three miscarriages, Shannon had made the difficult decision not to have a child, knowing that the child could grow up without a mother. However, after numerous surgeries and treatments, she now has an eight-year-old daughter. This is one woman’s story of treatment, motherhood, and moving forward.

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Daniel

From a Shocking Diagnosis to Hope and Positivity

When Daniel was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer, it came as a shock. Together with his oncologist, Dr. Fradet, they agreed on a treatment plan that included surgery first and, eventually, immunotherapy. See how a trusted relationship with his oncologist gave Daniel hope throughout this journey.

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Additional Stories

Below you will find additional stories of real Canadians living with cancer.

Everyone’s cancer is different – you have to think about your options.
Barrie Kellett

Barrie

A father of three and grandfather of five, Barrie Kellett has lived with bladder cancer since 2016. After various treatments, including radiation and chemotherapy, he started cancer immunotherapy, becoming a vocal advocate for the latter and helping others through their own journeys with cancer. During treatment, he kept busy with renovation projects around the house.

Emotionally, it’s traumatic – you think of your family.
Jean McIntee

Jean

Doctors diagnosed Jean with stage 4 lung cancer in January 2017. The proud wife, mother, and grandmother was told she had approximately 12 months to live, and began chemotherapy, before eventually starting cancer immunotherapy. Jean unfortunately lost her battle to cancer in 2021.


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