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Huge gains made in breast cancer treatment thanks to Intrabeam® technology


An ongoing clinical trial using a new technology known as Intrabeam® is showing promising results in the treatment of breast cancer patients with low-risk recurrence at the Cedars Cancer Centre of the MUHC. The wand-like device, which is the first of its kind in Quebec, is used to administer a single dose of concentrated targeted radiation during tumour-removal surgery, causing minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue or organs. The procedure eliminates the need for post-surgery radiotherapy and reduces healthcare costs.

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MUHC patient receives Canada's first-ever radiosurgery treatment with the CyberKnife® M6


The MUHC was the first hospital centre in Canada to use the revolutionary CyberKnife M6 radiation therapy machine. Breast cancer patient Renée Grandbois, 38, was treated for a small tumour that had metastasized to the front right lobe of her brain. The CyberKnife can access hard to reach areas of the body and has little effect on nearby healthy organs and cells. The procedure marked an important milestone for the Cedars Cancer Centre of the MUHC and for the Canadian field of radiosurgery.

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Celebrating Dr. Phil Gold and the 50th anniversary of discovery of Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA)


The MUHC marked the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and the studies that led to the development the CEA blood test - the first blood test approved, internationally, for the detection and management of human cancer. Dr. Phil Gold, the Douglas G. Cameron professor of Medicine at McGill University and former chair of the McGill Department of Medicine shares some of his memories of his and Dr. Samuel Freedman‘s ground-breaking discovery.

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A new Smoke and Vape Free Policy so we can all breathe easier


The MUHC adopted a new Smoke and Vape Free Policy, with no smoking or vaping permitted on hospital grounds. The policy’s goal is to promote good health and contribute to a better healing environment. Every year, more than five million deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while more than 600,000 fatalities are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

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