Canadian Donor receives life-saving breast cancer treatment at Shaare Zedek
A routine mammogram in August 2013, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, for Shaare Zedek donor and Board Member Beverly Lyons, would turn into a life-changing experience for the 66-year-old, who was about to make Aliyah to Israel.
With no prior history of breast cancer in her family, Beverly received the news from Toronto doctors that there were abnormal changes in her left breast that needed further investigation.
Rather than delay her move to Israel with her husband Elliott, they decided to forge ahead with their relocation and have the changes investigated in Israel at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Beverly’s cousin, Dr. Ofer Merin, Deputy Director General at Shaare Zedek, referred her to the new Comprehensive Breast Health Complex at the hospital. There, she was placed under the care of Dr. Shalom Strano, the head of the Diagnostic Center, and one of Israel’s premier breast cancer experts. Everyone she asked in the community confirmed that Dr. Strano was the “best”. Beverly was impressed with Dr. Strano’s extremely thorough and compassionate care as he performed further testing and a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
Shaare Zedek’s Breast Health Unit is renowned for its patient-centered, integrated healthcare philosophy. The team of professionals offers a comprehensive approach to the services provided to patients coping with breast cancer by including surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, personal counselors for support, along with a breast health nurse coordinator who provides continuous guidance and information throughout the process.
“I was so grateful to have Susan Ben-Dahan as my Breast Health Nurse Coordinator. She seemed to always be there when I had doctor’s appointments and could explain exactly what was being done and what I should expect. The team, in addition to being extremely professional, was exceptionally caring and supportive. I knew I could contact them at any time with my concerns or questions and they would provide my husband and I with on-going support,” shared Beverly in a recent interview.
After diagnosis, Beverly was transferred to the care of Dr. Moshe Carmon, who as head of the Breast Health Clinical Center, is responsible for overseeing the treatment of over 65 percent of breast cancer cases in Jerusalem. Dr. Carmon is a leading surgeon and clinician known for using cutting-edge treatment and for his attention to the unique needs of each woman and her family.
Dr. Carmon crafted a treatment plan for Beverly that included surgery to remove the cancer cells in her left breast, followed by radiation. “Dr. Carmon provided personal care and made me feel comfortable and that I was in good hands. Shaare Zedek is at least on par with leading Canadian hospitals and I’m very appreciative and impressed by the exceptional care I received here in Israel. The team approach is more comprehensive than in many Ontario facilities and the speed with which I was moved from diagnosis to treatment was absolutely amazing. ”
Only three months after Beverly’s initial mammogram, her treatments at Shaare Zedek were complete. While this battle may be won, Beverly will continue to be followed by the team at Shaare Zedek with semi-annual visits to monitor her remission.
Beverly decided to share her very personal story because she wanted to underscore the importance of “mature” women receiving annual mammograms and the results analyzed by qualified institutions. She is grateful to the Radiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital for her expertise, for without her identification of the abnormal changes, Beverly’s outcome may have been quite different. Finally, it was the outstanding, compassionate and decisive care that she received at Shaare Zedek that is important to share.
In recognition of the superb care that she received at Shaare Zedek Beverly and Elliott have made a generous gift in support of our Canadian Foundation’s ambitious $1 million Breast Health Campaign to benefit the Breast Health Clinical Center at Shaare Zedek. With support from donors like Beverly and Elliott, we are hopeful that together we can ensure that Shaare Zedek remains at the forefront of breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.
We invite you to join our circle of donors and make a contribution to the $1 million Breast Health Campaign. With the support of a circle of generous and committed champions who rise to the challenge, Shaare Zedek Medical Center will transform care for women with breast cancer. If you would like to make a gift in support of the $1 million Breast Health Campaign please contact our office at 416-781-3584.