The Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont is developing a pilot project full of hope for female cancer patients suffering from cognitive impairment associated with their treatment (chemobrain). Vital and ground-breaking in Quebec, this project has been made possible thanks to major financial support from the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, which is donating $350,000 as well as from the HMR Foundation and its donors, who are contributing $20,000.
The goal of this pilot project is to screen for, assess and address the cognitive issues associated with Oncology treatments that are often accompanied by related issues such as stress, loss of self-esteem, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and a perceived reduction in work ability. Of course, this constellation of cognitive, behavioural, and affective symptoms has repercussions on the lives of these women, as it affects their ability to function and their relationships, both at work and at home.
Using a multifaceted intervention, the HMR’s interdisciplinary team hopes to make the experience easier for the person affected and her loved ones when dealing with this disease and its consequences. This initiative will undoubtedly contribute to ongoing improvement in the quality of care and services provided to cancer patients, and can later be shared with other teams working with breast cancer patients throughout Quebec.
On April 6, Opération Enfant Soleil renewed its support to the HMR Foundation for the 5th year by donating $16,073 to the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Pediatrics Department. This invaluable support will help finance biofeedback treatments for urinary incontinence in children.
Developing continence marks an important step toward a child’s autonomy. When an incontinence problem becomes chronic, the child and the family may feel a great sense of heaviness, or even distress. The acquisition of a biofeedback device for bladder training using biofeedback may lead to a significant improvement, or even to the resolution of chronic symptoms. In this way, the treatment contributes to reducing psycho-familial repercussions, to the great delight of children and their families.
This specialized technique will provide children with effective ways of dealing with the situation. The Foundation wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to Opération Enfant Soleil for its loyal commitment to child wellness!
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Representatives of the Foundation and HMR, along with Opération Enfant Soleil spokespeople.[/caption]