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Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society Donates CADD Pump to Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation
October 28, 2004: Jason Miller and Terry Wyatt of the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society visited the oncology department at Ridge Meadows Hospital Tuesday to present a cheque for $4,978.00 to Dr. Wendy Lam, RN Sharon Jones and RN Michelle Dyke. These funds were used to purchase a CADD pump.
Since 1998 the oncology program has been offering their service to the people of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The program is the result of a collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency where Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows residents diagnosed with cancer are able to receive some kinds of chemotherapy close to home. The oncology program is part of the Ambulatory Services where treatment is administered as an outpatient service. Last year there were 384 patient visits for chemotherapy and an additional 191 ambulatory care visits by cancer patients.
There are many kinds of cancers, many types of chemotherapy mediations, and many kinds of protocols. Prompt cancer treatment can be critical for the patient both physically and emotionally in getting a good result.
Cancer patients say that having their treatment at RMH makes a huge difference for them. They are able to get to and from the hospital easily with the support of friends and family and they build close relationships with the oncology nurse over their treatment period.
The chemotherapy using the CADD pump is used generally for those patients who have colorectal cancer and receiving 5FU as their chemotherapy. This means that they receive treatment for a 46 hour period. The CADD pump is attached to the patient’s body and infuses the medication 24 hours a day.
The purpose of the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Fund is to assist individuals and charitable organizations within their community.
For more information, please contact
Sandra Rankin, CFRE
Executive Director, Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation
Box 5000, Maple Ridge BC V2X 7G5