‘It’s not about just surviving. It’s about seeing my patients living normally’
Friday, November 15, 2019
Messner Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Program at the Princess Margaret hits milestone with 3,000th transplant, helping people not just survive, but thrive.
Newswise — (TORONTO, Canada, November 12, 2019) Dr. Eugene Chang was 25, recently engaged and halfway through a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency in Vancouver when he started feeling sick. Fatigue, dizziness and nausea took over his normally active lifestyle. Suddenly his bike to work was not so easy.
After a blood test, an abnormally high white blood cell count revealed the worst. He was diagnosed with leukemia, and his hematologist advised him to head home to Mississauga – this was going to take a while.
“It was a huge shock,” says Dr. Chang. “At the time, I thought I could do chemotherapy and get right back to residency.
“I didn’t have an appreciation for what this meant for my life.”
Two days later, Dr. Chang’s residency was paused and he was back in the GTA in the clinic of Dr. Jeff Lipton, oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
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