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Jul 30th

Treating the Person, Not the Disease

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The article below was written about our client, Liz Muscat in the Mississauga Halton/Central West Regional Cancer Program Newsletter.

CANCER NETWORK INSIDER Summer/Fall 2015
Profile: Liz Muscat, Member, Regional Patient and Family Advisory Council

Liz Muscat was in the healthiest shape of her life when she found a lump on her breast during a personal breast exam at her Zumba class. At the age of 38 and with no family history of cancer, there were no concerns about her ultrasound and mammogram results. But her diagnosis was positive for breast cancer. “I was by myself, I didn’t have my husband with me,” says Liz about receiving the news. “It was hard, but I wouldn’t change anything about my experience.”

Three years have passed since the initial diagnosis, with Liz’s cancer journey consisting of a full mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation, and a diagnosis of liver metastasis in December 2013 and bone metastasis in September 2014. Now on weekly chemotherapy treatment, Liz has chosen to “give back” by joining the Mississauga Halton Central West (MHCW) Regional Cancer Program’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. As one of the founding members of the Council, Liz brings to the Council valuable patient input from her experiences – both good and bad.

As a Council member, I may be able to assist in any changes, really bring things to light, in the cancer journey that patients are involved in within our regions.

The patient experience is what she truly believes holds huge weight in the healthcare system. “I felt it was important to become involved in my health journey,” says Liz. “As a Council member, I may be able to assist in any changes, really bring things to light, in the cancer journey that patients are involved in within our regions.” Celebrating its second anniversary, the Regional Patient and Family Advisory Council is a committee of patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals interested in how the MHCW Regional Cancer Program can best serve its patients and community.

The patient voice is so important… It needs to be incorporated more into the healthcare system. My view of cancer has definitely changed since my diagnosis. It’s all about treating the person, not the disease.

“The Regional Patient and Family Advisory Council is committed to ensuring that at every step of the way the person is at the centre of their cancer journey,” says Maria Rugg, Regional Lead, Patient Education and Psychosocial Oncology, Mississauga Halton Central West Regional Cancer Program. Adds Liz: “The patient voice is so important… It needs to be incorporated more into the healthcare system.” “My view of cancer has definitely changed since my diagnosis. It’s all about treating the person, not the disease.”

For more information on the Regional Patient and Family Advisory Council, please visit:
mhcwcancer.ca/InformationForPatients/Pages/Regional-Patient-and-Family-Advisory-Council.aspx

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