Patient Story: Robert

“Thanks to the incredible support from my dream team of doctors at Health Sciences North and the Shirley and Jim Fielding Northeast Cancer Centre, I’m back to living my life and doing the things I never dreamed would be possible again – am extremely grateful that I was able to attend my daughter’s wedding after my recent health set back,” said Robert.

When Robert’s doctor discovered a large tumour on his left shoulder, it had eroded his humorous bone from his shoulder all the way down to his elbow. He didn’t think he would ever be able to play guitar in his band again or maintain the healthy and active lifestyle that he was used to. 

Thanks to the expertise of specialized surgeons and the collaboration between orthopedic and oncology areas, a crucial and innovative surgery was performed called tumour embolization to block the blood flow to the tumour, followed by a procedure to remove the tumour and reconstruction surgery using a prosthetic – giving Robert back the quality of life that he once knew.

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