stories of hope Lighting Up the Future of Women's Cancer Care

The Fluorescence Imaging Upgrade to the da Vinci Surgical Robot, also known as Firefly, is now allowing for state-of-the-art, life-saving procedures to take place at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women thanks to support from the Lois Hole Hospital Women's Society.

One of the most difficult things surgeons have to do in a day is to tell a patient they have cancer.

Annually more than 1,000 patients at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women are diagnosed with some form of gynecological cancer. Patients who can take comfort in knowing one of the latest innovations in care is now available thanks to the women and men of the Lois Hole Hospital Women’s Society. 

The Fluorescence Imaging Upgrade to the da Vinci Surgical Robot, also known as Firefly, has been fully funded by the Society and is now allowing for state-of-the-art gynecological cancer surgeries to take place.

“Technology plays a vital role in cancer surgery and patient outcomes are shaped by innovation, new techniques and cutting-edge procedures,” said Dr. Valerie Capstick, gynecologic oncology surgeon at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. “The da Vinci robot with the Fluorescence Imaging Upgrade is used to treat women with cancers of the cervix, uterus and endometrium, and really transforms the way our surgical team is able to see and therefore treat gynecological cancers.”

“The da Vinci robot with the Fluorescence Imaging Upgrade is used to treat women with cancers of the cervix, uterus and endometrium, and really transforms the way our surgical team are able to see and therefore treat gynecological cancers."

The group’s first successful fundraising campaign is proof-positive that they are making a profound difference in the lives of women across Alberta and beyond. Since its inception, less than two short years ago, they have successfully raised more than $450,000.

Thank you so much to each and every supporter of the Lois Hole Hospital Women’s Society. You are truly making a difference for women of all ages and in all stages of life.

 
"We take great pride in the Women’s Society’s success as we, just like the other two da Vinci surgeons on our team, are also Lois Hole Hospital Women’s Society Founding Members." Gynecologic oncology surgeons, Lois Hole Hospital for Women. Dr. Valerie Capstick (left), and Dr. Sophia Pin.

Join the Lois Hole Hospital Women’s Society Today!

The group’s effort to support the Lois Hole Hospital for Women has a bright future ahead of it.

Many more initiatives are in the works to raise important funds and awareness for this centre of women’s health excellence, and the group is always looking for more supporters to join.

By becoming part of the Lois Hole Hospital Women’s Society, you will have access to an insider’s perspective of the hospital, the opportunity to attend Wellness Lecture Series events focused on a variety of women’s health topics, and support to host your own charitable events with access to health care leaders from the Lois Hole Hospital for Women for presentations.