Stem Cell Transplant Campaign Will Give More Cancer Patients a Tomorrow

Hamilton, ON: Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre is one of three hospitals in Ontario providing all forms of adult stem cell transplants. Time is of the essence for patients with blood cancers, so Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation is asking for the public’s support to help increase capacity for stem cell transplants and give more tomorrows to patients across the province in need of this potentially life-saving treatment.

web-header-01-01The Tomorrow Stems From You™ campaign has set a $3.5-million goal to enable the expansion of a dedicated and specialized clinical space, as well as the purchase of essential equipment, so that Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre can provide 50 per cent more cancer patients with stem cell transplants. Stem cell transplants are an essential component of treatment for some patients with blood-related cancers, such as lymphoma, leukemia, and other hematological (blood) disorders. Stem cell transplants are complex and resource-intensive, requiring very specialized facilities and highly trained clinical teams. Both the treatment and potential complications from a stem cell transplant require a patient to remain in hospital for an extended period of time followed by daily hospital visits, which is one of the factors underlying the importance of this campaign.

“It is an exciting time as this expansion will allow us to provide care to more patients and their families,” says Dr. Kylie Lepic, Hematologist and Physician Spokesperson at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre for the Tomorrow Stems From You™ campaign. “It will enable us, as clinicians, to provide leading-edge treatment in a purpose-built space. A space optimized for patients going through the biggest challenge of their life.”

This expansion involves a dedicated clinical area to house 15 individually-equipped private inpatient rooms, five individually-equipped outpatient bays and a dedicated sterile compounding area for chemotherapy preparation. Two new examination rooms and an expanded work area at Juravinski Cancer Centre will also be integrated into this project. The new unit will allow adults patients from across the province to receive stem cell transplants at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.

While 90 per cent of the capital development costs for the new stem cell unit will be paid for by the Ministry of Health, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation needs the support of the community to raise the remaining 10 per cent in addition to the cost of equipment.

The Tomorrow Stems From You™ campaign can mean the difference between life and death for patients with blood cancer, and community support is key to providing more opportunities for these patients to have a tomorrow. To learn more about the campaign, to read the inspiring stories of patients who now have a tomorrow thanks to a stem cell transplant, or to make a donation, please visit hamiltonhealth.ca/stems.

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Media Contact:
Tamara Pope
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
905-521-2100 ext. 43744
popetamara@hhsc.ca

About Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation:
Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation, as part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, is focused on raising funds in support of Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre and its programs. The Foundation provides funding for leading-edge equipment and patient amenities, innovative research initiatives, redevelopment of patient care spaces, and the education and training of health care providers.

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Foundation supports specialized cancer and orthopedic programs. The site oversees the regional cancer program, including a network of community-based oncology clinics at hospitals in Brantford and Burlington, and a partnership in Niagara. Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre is the only site in the region treating all cancers. It is also home to the region’s only stem cell transplant, acute leukemia and blood cancer programs. The combined volume of chemotherapy visits overseen by Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre is the largest in Ontario, and a comprehensive cancer clinical trials program is housed at the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute. As a foundation, we are focused on enabling outstanding patient care through our goal of Health Care, Transformed.