The Scotiabank Feast of Fortune, an annual banquet for Lunar New Year, is aiming to raise $1 million to offer fresh hope to female patients in heart, breast, and maternity care at Providence Health Care.
That means patients like Lucia, who was an active woman in her forties when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After the biopsy confirmed her fears, the confident words of her surgeon at the Breast Centre at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital stood out to her: “It’s okay if you don’t remember everything I’m telling you. All you need to know is that this is fixable.”
Six weeks later, Lucia underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. As she began her new life as a cancer survivor, she praised hospital staff for giving her the confidence and strength to face her diagnosis and to heal.
The system “will help us make decisions while we’re still in the operating room to prevent post-op complications and improve surgical outcomes,” said the centre’s Dr. Nancy Van Laeken.
The tool helps surgeons who are reconstructing a breast to ensure tissue is properly connected and blood is circulating while the patient is still in surgery, saving time and preventing complications. The Breast Centre performs about 1,200 breast cancer surgeries per year, more than any other facility in B.C.
Since 2008, the Feast of Fortune has raised more than $6.7 million for medical equipment. This year, the event is focusing on women’s health in the areas of breast cancer, heart health, and maternity care.