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Help us be ready when you need us!

Monday, June 19, 2017

It’s no surprise to anyone that our community is growing rapidly, and we want to make sure that Peace Arch Hospital is fully equipped - ready to provide the best health care possible, close to home.

That means preparing for a growing need for diagnosis and treatment of colorectal issues, including cancer. This disease now mostly affects Canadians aged 50 and older – and there’s a sharp rise in colorectal cancers in Millennials and Gen-Xers. New research* reveals that those born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer, and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer, than those born in the 1950s.

We’ve already noticed the increased need for our Endoscopy Suite where our surgeons and specialists diagnose and treat surgical outpatients with digestive and colon health issues. To do their best work, we need your help to replace and upgrade our 10-year old cauterizing machine with new, progressive argon technology.

Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, the second leading cause of death in men, and the third in women.

This new minimally invasive Argon “Beamer” Electrosurgical Unit will give us more precision and control to identify and treat, in one visit, small and large areas of diffuse bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. The unit provides thermal energy, or heat, which can be directed precisely at bleeding tissue.  We can immediately help patients with an emergency, active bleed; and those prone to a gastric esophagus bleeds, gastro reflux disease, or lifestyle issues from their diet. Patients with chronic bleeds will no longer need multiple transfusions, and surgical procedures like polyp removal will be faster, safer, less painful and with fewer complications. This new $50,000 unit features:

  • Combined cautery and argon gas options, for flexible treatment options 
  • A bigger, high resolution viewer screen to see more detail
  • A printer to capture the image as a permanent record, and to show the patient
  • A computerized documentation system to share files and pictures with other specialists.

Better yet, this unit expands our ability to treat patients close to home, and eliminates the need to send patients elsewhere for treatment, and to endure duplicate tests.

Please help us to buy this much-needed equipment so that we can treat more patients, quickly and safely, right here in our community.

Your donation ensures we are ready, close to home, when you or your loved ones need us most.

*Sources: Canadian Cancer Society, American Cancer Society