Your Impact - Thoracic Endoscopy Unit

Look Deep Inside to Help Us Look Deep Inside

HSC's new Thoracic Endoscopy Unit will soon:
  • help HSC detect lung and esophageal cancer earlier;
  • help HSC keep up with the growing diagnostic demands of an aging population;
  • shorten wait times for patients waiting for biopsy results;
  • help patients avoid unnecessary invasive surgery; and
  • help patients get faster treatment.



What was the need?

The numbers are alarming. The Canadian Cancer Society reports that nearly one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with a form of cancer in their lifetime. This year, more than 206,000 Canadians will be diagnosed, and nearly 81,000 will die.
At HSC, we see startling numbers as well. With lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths, we see up to 30 new patients a week. We see one or two esophageal cancer patients every week. In the 1970s, that number was one or two esophageal cancer patients per month.
We know that early detection and early treatment are essential. We also know that as the population ages, cancer rates will continue to rise. Keeping pace with the diagnostic demands is a high priority for HSC. So we've done just that. 

How will the new Thoracic Endoscopy Unit make a difference?

Thoracic Endoscopy Unit is one major initiative that will help address the challenge. "Thoracic endoscopy” is a diagnostic procedure to look at the chest and digestive tract (excluding the heart). It is the primary way of discovering lung and esophageal cancer – both especially aggressive and dangerous forms of the disease. With the number of cancer patients growing, HSC is now able to increase its capacity to help these patients, thanks to donors like you.
The new unit will help diagnose more patients, more quickly, and more accurately. It will allow for more procedures and treatments. In some cases, surgery can be avoided. Ultimately,  patients will be scoped, diagnosed, and even receive a first treatment on the very same day.