LHSC gifted anonymous$2-million donation | CTV News

An anonymous donor has gifted $2-million to the hematology program at London Health Sciences Center (LHSC).

According to a statement from the hospital, the gift will specifically support technology, research and patient care for multiple myeloma and other hematologic cancers.

The statement goes on to say that the gift was inspired by the donor’s experience with multiple myeloma.

“Our family was generally uninformed of the serious issues related to multiple myeloma until it struck a family member,” said the donor. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be able to assist our wonderful London medical community with this donation that will help keep LHSC at the forefront of hematology research and patient care in Canada.”

“We are tremendously grateful for this transformational gift,” said Dr. Phua, a hematologist at Victoria Hospital. “It will also support advanced cancer care technology to enable future innovation and discovery, keeping LHSC on the cutting edge of multiple myeloma research, ultimately improving long-term outcomes for our patients.”

LHSC said the money will fund the following items:

  • A mass spectrometer – a device which detects proteins in the blood mitigating the need for bone marrow procedures every six months and allows for the adjustment of patient treatment and care based on biomarkers.
  • A physician extender and pilot study – a vital position that will take the lead on the pilot study which aims to change the entire model of care and help countless patients in the process. The study will examine the feasibility, effectiveness and safety of an intermediate care model among patients that are in the survivorship space from hematologic malignancies while also looking at the impact of an intermediate care model in regards to global health care utilization, clinical efficiency and quality of life for patients.
  • A clinical research coordinator – a specialized research professional who will play a vital role in assisting Dr. Phua with various medical studies and projects.

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