To the Editor,
Re: City now without oncologist, March 17.
As a cancer survivor and former patient of Dr. Carole Most, I have a great interest in bringing back a better quality of cancer care for our mid-Island region. I was indeed fortunate to receive excellent care in my own community, not having to travel to receive chemotherapy and having such an excellent oncologist who inspired such hope in me all contributed to my recovery. I shudder to think what a hardship it would have been for me to make frequent trips over the Malahat for my treatments and appointments.
Unfortunately, this is what many people are now being asked to do just at a time when they need to be able to concentrate on healing and regaining their strength. Having to commute to receive treatment is unconscionable. We need to make sure that Nanaimo keeps its cancer clinic functioning with a full-time oncologist who can diagnose and put forth a schedule of treatment in a timely fashion. When cancer is involved, immediate action is needed. No one should have to wait for a diagnosis or treatment.
As a community, we need to support an investment in our local cancer clinic to keep it functioning. We need to invest in the future well-being of our own and our loved ones now.