A
CANCER
JOURNEY

A Cancer Journey

With each cancer diagnosis, a patient and their family face a difficult and uncertain future. These are their stories of resilience and hope.

With each cancer diagnosis, a patient and their family face a difficult and uncertain future. These are their stories of resilience and hope.

We believe cancer can be cured. Our inspiration comes from our patients — our neighbours, colleagues, friends, and family members. Here are just a few of their stories — cancer journeys from around our region. For them, and so many others, we will continue to discover and test novel ways to eradicate cancer and to foster new hope for a stronger future.

Alyssa Tremblay — Breast cancer diagnosis shocks pregnant, young mom

At the age of 22, Alyssa lost her 53-year-old mom to breast cancer. Almost ten years later — now a mother herself —  she learned she had the BRCA2 gene. It would be the beginning of a journey Alyssa hoped she would never have to experience. 

Kevin Freitas — Trusting his instincts led to a rare cancer diagnosis

At the first sign that something might be wrong, Kevin thought he would just wait to see what happens — maybe his one-time symptom would go away. But in the middle of the night, he felt compelled to call his doctor and leave a message. Tests revealed Kevin had mucosal melanoma — a rare form of skin cancer found inside the body. Today, he encourages others to take action when it comes to their own health. 

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Samuel Lawrence — A cancer diagnosis later in life didn’t stop this athlete from competing

At age 78, Samuel Lawrence’s athletic ability continued to dominate his life, even after a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome that he didn’t see coming. Treatment and guidance from his doctors allowed Samuel to compete at the Ontario Masters Championships in Toronto, one last time, in the summer of 2021.

Matt Zanutta – A top-notch attitude and big dreams

A young man with a young family and big dreams. But at twenty-nine-years old, Matt received the news no one wants to hear — a diagnosis of  medullary thyroid cancer. With his wife and newborn by his side, Matt has kept a “top notch attitude” through the ups and downs of his cancer journey.

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Alyssa Tremblay — Breast cancer diagnosis shocks pregnant, young mom

At the age of 22, Alyssa lost her 53-year-old mom to breast cancer. Almost ten years later — now a mother herself —  she learned she had the BRCA2 gene. It would be the beginning of a journey Alyssa hoped she would never have to experience. 

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Kevin Freitas — Trusting his instincts led to a rare cancer diagnosis

At the first sign that something might be wrong, Kevin thought he would just wait to see what happens — maybe his one-time symptom would go away. But in the middle of the night, he felt compelled to call his doctor and leave a message. Tests revealed Kevin had mucosal melanoma — a rare form of skin cancer found inside the body. Today, he encourages others to take action when it comes to their own health. 

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Samuel Lawrence — A cancer diagnosis later in life didn’t stop this athlete from competing

At age 78, Samuel Lawrence’s athletic ability continued to dominate his life, even after a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome that he didn’t see coming. Treatment and guidance from his doctors allowed Samuel to compete at the Ontario Masters Championships in Toronto, one last time, in the summer of 2021.

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Matt Zanutta – A top-notch attitude and big dreams

A young man with a young family and big dreams. But at twenty-nine-years old, Matt received the news no one wants to hear — a diagnosis of medullary thyroid cancer. With his wife and newborn by his side, Matt has kept a “top notch attitude” through the ups and downs of his cancer journey.

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Robert Hurst — Look forward. Move ahead. Cycle through cancer.

“Look forward. Move ahead.” That’s the motto Robert lives by — no matter what challenges life throws his way. In late 2017, Robert was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour inside his mouth. While it’s been a long road of treatment — cycling and giving back have empowered him throughout his cancer journey.  

Jennifer David – A message to other cancer patients: “You are not alone”

In 2019, Jennifer received an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis. It was overwhelming at the time, but she and her family were in it together. Her journey would include chemotherapy treatment, and surgery. While she knows nobody wants to join this club, Jennifer wants others facing a cancer diagnosis to know, they’re not alone.  

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Janet Pigott — Diagnosed with two forms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma within five years

Janet’s cancer journey began in Paris, France in late 2010 — the 51-year-old was enjoying a vacation with her husband when she noticed some enlarged lymph nodes. By early 2011, Janet faced a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and four years later, yet another cancer diagnosis.

Robert Hurst — Look forward. Move ahead. Cycle through cancer.

“Look forward. Move ahead.” That’s the motto Robert lives by — no matter what challenges life throws his way. In late 2017, Robert was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour inside his mouth. While it’s been a long road of treatment — cycling and giving back have empowered him throughout his cancer journey.  

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Jennifer David – A message to other cancer patients: “You are not alone”

In 2019, Jennifer received an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis. It was overwhelming at the time, but she and her family were in it together. Her journey would include chemotherapy treatment, and surgery. While she knows nobody wants to join this club, Jennifer wants others facing a cancer diagnosis to know, they’re not alone.  

Janet Pigott — Diagnosed with two forms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma within five years

Janet’s cancer journey began in Paris, France in late 2010 — the 51-year-old was enjoying a vacation with her husband when she noticed some enlarged lymph nodes. By early 2011, Janet faced a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and four years later, yet another cancer diagnosis.

Cancer. It’s a disease that has touched all of us in some way.

That’s why The Ottawa Hospital is challenging the boundaries of conventional cancer care and making critical advancements in cancer research that a decade ago were deemed impossible to achieve.

We treat cancer patients from Deep River to Hawkesbury to Cornwall, and as far away as Nunavut.

Our collaborative team of physicians, nurses, researchers, and other healthcare professionals are harnessing their collective skills, committed to finding the latest treatments options, and enhancing the quality of life for our cancer patients.

Cancer. It’s a disease that has touched all of us in some way.

That’s why The Ottawa Hospital is challenging the boundaries of conventional cancer care and making critical advancements in cancer research that a decade ago were deemed impossible to achieve.

We treat cancer patients from Deep River to Hawkesbury to Cornwall, and as far away as Nunavut.

Our collaborative team of physicians, nurses, researchers, and other healthcare professionals are harnessing their collective skills, committed to finding the latest treatments options, and enhancing the quality of life for our cancer patients.