Story 6

Ensuring patients can access the right treatments

Michael with his son

Michael is a volunteer board member with the Canadian Cancer Society in Manitoba. In 2003, he was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Fortunately, as a result of having timely access to effective treatment, he beat it.

Michael is now a vocal and active advocate for fair access to cancer drugs, in both hospital and home settings. This past year, thanks in large part to Michael's initiative and tenacity, the Manitoba government agreed to cover the costs of cancer drugs taken at home. The decision had an incredible positive impact on nearly 4,000 Manitoba families, improving their access to the best treatment options and reducing what had been a significant financial burden.

In 2011, Michael's cancer returned. Through careful monitoring, it was detected early. And thanks to a new drug regimen developed through painstaking research, Michael was declared cancer-free by Christmas of 2012.

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