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This week is National Hospice Palliative Care Week. This year's theme – "Palliative Care Everywhere" – speaks to how compassionate care that alleviates the suffering of people with life-limiting illnesses can be delivered in any setting, from hospice and hospital to long-term care and home. In UHN's Palliative Care program, physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, spiritual care professionals, social workers, and other interdisciplinary team members work together to prevent and ease suffering and improve the quality of life of those facing significant challenges. They provide exceptional care across Princess Margaret, Toronto General, Toronto Western, Toronto Rehab, and Kensington Hospice. We thank these dedicated professionals for showing that palliative care is about more than the end of someone's life and for putting patients first.
May is Vision Health Month. It's an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary work of our colleagues at the
Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute who provide the highest level of patient care, research, and education in ophthalmology. Vision loss affects people of all ages. Today, more than 5.5 million Canadians live with eye diseases, such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts, and this number is expected to double over the next 20 years. Clinicians and scientists at the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute work together at the forefront of innovation, conducting cutting-edge research and developing new treatments for blindness and vision loss. A recent paper published by Dr. Michael Reber, Senior Scientist at the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute, and Dr. Monica Daibert-Nido, Clinician-Investigator at the institute, showed that biofeedback training led to encouraging improvement in visual functions for individuals with homonymous hemianopsia. Read the full study
May is also Brain Tumour Awareness Month. An estimated 3,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with brain cancer in 2023, and 2,500 Canadians will die from the disease. It can strike people of all ages, and its impact on both patients and their families can be profound. UHN is a leader in brain tumour care and research and is dedicated to advancing our understanding of this complex disease. The Krembil Brain Institute, at the Toronto Western Hospital, has a renowned surgical neuro-oncology program, which directly links with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at UHN. Our neurosurgeons can diagnose and provide surgical treatment for patients with brain tumours, while our team members at the Gerry and Nancy Pencer Brain Tumour Centre at the Princess Margaret provide cancer care for patients who don't need surgery. Our interdisciplinary team of specialists – emergency physicians, neurosurgeons, primary care nursing, specialized nurses, Allied Health professionals, and specialists – ensures the best possible care for patients. In conjunction with our world-leading cancer care programs, UHN's dedication to brain tumour research continues to work towards providing patients and families with treatment options. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is looking at using stem-cell-derived therapies to stop glioblastoma growth, one of the most aggressive types of brain cancer. Krembil researchers are working towards using a blood test as a diagnostic tool for certain types of brain cancers and using lasers to treat challenging brain tumours. Learn more about the research by listening to Season 1, episode 5 of the Your Complex Brain podcast, featuring Dr. Gelareh Zadeh.
Don't miss this eye-opening interview with Dr. Michael Seidman, Director of Autopsy at UHN. Pathologists, pathologist assistants, and trainees perform 75 autopsies each year at UHN, and Dr. Seidman has performed hundreds throughout his career. These specialized surgical procedures help clear up mysteries about the mechanism of a patient's death and contribute to learning and research. Autopsies can also provide closure for the families and loved ones of deceased patients. "Unanswered questions can cause significant anxiety and answering some of those questions is part of patient care," he said.
Read the full interview, which includes some fun facts that may surprise you about autopsies.
Michener's virtual Student Awards Ceremony will take place online at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 4 th.This ceremony is a perfect opportunity to celebrate Michener students' incredible achievements in their programs and their dedication to healthcare. The event link will be posted on Michener.ca. There is always an opportunity to donate to Michener's student bursaries. Just visit this page to donate.
And now… our
video of the week. In
this clip, some young friends help us learn more about UHN's Epilepsy Pregnancy clinic at Toronto Western Hospital.
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