“Vincent Lessard can drive!” Dr. Ramez Malak exclaimed this twice. It may seem trivial, but it’s a sign that Vincent is in good health. That he’s able to function 16 months after he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He has multiform glioblastoma to be precise. And it’s very rare for someone with GBM and who’s been operated on twice to be able to drive…
That’s no small feat. Especially when the average survival rate for patients is 14 months if they have the surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy combined. And only a few months if nothing is done. Unfortunately, it’s a very aggressive tumour that comes back.
It all happened very quickly… First symptoms in October 2021. The cancer diagnosis. In December, Vincent had a craniotomy—surgery to open the skull and remove the tumour. Followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The tumour returned. In July, Vincent had surgery again—this time with the new neurosurgical laser financed entirely by your donations.
Since then, Vincent has continued his chemotherapy. His condition is stable. His last MRI showed that his tumour has even shrunk!
What is a neurological laser?
By helping to finance the neurosurgical laser, you reduced the risks and discomfort of Vincent’s surgery. And, above all, you gave him time. You delayed the progress of his tumour. You improved his quality of life. His survival.
A big thank you on behalf of all the patients! You’re offering them another therapeutic choice. Before, there were relapses and nothing could be done. Now, thanks to you, we have the laser! And as long as there are possibilities, there’s hope.