The Impact of Your Donations to the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation

The Montreal Chest Institute (MCI), like all Quebec hospitals, is under tremendous pressure to do more with less funding. In addition, new treatments, diagnostic tools and equipment are allowing discoveries to detect, diagnose and treat various respiratory diseases more and more rapidly, easily and painlessly. It is essential that the MCI be able to purchase necessary medical equipment and launch new programs and services to ensure patients can continue to benefit from world-class health care. It is vital that the MCI’s stellar research team be given the means to develop new treatments and care protocols to help the millions of people locally and worldwide living with chronic, complex respiratory disease. These medical innovations not only improve lives, they save lives.

Because of the generosity of donors like you, the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation (MCIF) has been able to purchase a wide range of vital medical equipment and fund various programs and clinics including:

Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

The MCI’s Cystic Fibrosis Clinic has impressive results, with the MCI’s CF patients living on average five years longer than patients elsewhere in Canada. The clinic offers care and conducts clinical research, both aimed at improving the quality of life and life expectancy of our CF patients. Our clinic has been recognized and co-funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because of the quality of care and support provided to patients.

Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) System

This innovative technique to alter airways in patients with severe asthma allows for better control of symptoms and less use of potentially toxic medications. An international breakthrough, the results of the MCI’s clinical research findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The technique allows physicians to perform a minimally invasive and safe outpatient procedure for the treatment of severe, persistent asthma.

Electromagnetic Navigation Bronschoscopy (ENB) System

This system is used for the early and precise diagnosis and staging of lung cancer and other thoracic cancers. It allows MCI physicians to reach far into the lungs in a minimally invasive way to diagnose and prepare to treat suspicious lesions. It gives physicians a groundbreaking tool in the fight against lung disease and lung cancer.

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)

The EBUS allows physicians to perform a minimally invasive but highly effective procedure to diagnose lung cancer, infections, and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in the chest. It helps patients avoid more invasive and risky biopsy procedures. The procedure allows MCI physicians to rapidly diagnose and stage lung cancer, detect infections and identify inflammatory diseases that affect the lungs, such as sarcoidosis or other cancers like lymphoma.

Exercise Measuring Equipment

This equipment will help Dr. Jean Bourbeau and his team develop new rehabilitation programs for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The project will lead to new health protocols which will help those with COPD enjoy a better quality of life.

Home Ventilation Program

The MCI’s life-altering Home Ventilation Program, which is supported by donations to the MCIF, allows those living on a ventilator to remain in the comfort of their home rather than confined to hospital. It is a provincial program that provides and supervises home ventilator support for patients with chronic respiratory failure due to ailments like muscular dystrophy (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The program was developed by the team at the MCI. There are only two such programs in Quebec. In fact, the MCI helped establish the other program at the Université Laval in Quebec City.

The high-tech, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) suite is used to diagnose lung cancer.

Cardiopulmonary exercise rooms are used to measure the impact of exercise-induced asthma.

Inhalation Therapy Equipment

This equipment is used to help people living with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory diseases.

Rigid thoracoscopes/Flexi-rigid thoracoscope

A thoracoscope is a thin, flexible viewing tube that allows MCI physicians to visually inspect the lungs for abnormalities, obtain tissue biopsies or fluid samples from the lungs, and to remove excess fluid from the lung cavity. The rigid thoracoscopes allow doctors to diagnose pleural disease under local anesthesia, avoiding more invasive procedures and general anesthesia. The flexi-rigid thoracoscope is similar but allows for an even smaller incision and even faster recovery time.

Smoking Cessation Program

This program helps the MCI’s most vulnerable patients (those with severe enough lung disease to be admitted to hospital) to quit smoking. MCI data demonstrates the efficacy and impact of the program, so much so the program has been expanded to include cardiac patients and has been adopted as a model by the MUHC.

Your donations help millions here and around the world. Donate today.