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The First Ever Lung Cancer Investigation Tracking System

Last year our call to action was well received and we were able to implement the first Lung Cancer Screening Program in Quebec. This year, we would like to, once again, call upon your generosity to help us implement the first ever Lung Cancer Investigation Tracking System. Imagine the overwhelming fear and uncertainty that a patient can experience following a lung cancer diagnosis. From initial suspicion to diagnosis and treatment, the investigation process can often take a long time, as patients go through a plethora of tests, imaging studies and invasive procedures to determine the extent of the disease [...]

2019-11-13T21:48:47-05:00November 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Raymond James Softball Game Hits a Homerun for Quebec’s First Lung Cancer Screening Program

It was blue skies and smiles all around as the 7th edition of the annual Raymond James softball game, benefiting the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation, took place in Côte-St-Luc on Saturday, August 24th. The MCI Lobes defeated the Raymond James Bulls, all in the name of raising over $25,000 for a worthy cause: Quebec’s first Lung Cancer Screening Program. The most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, lung cancer is the leading cause of death among Canadians. In Quebec, more women die of lung cancer than breast cancer. Unfortunately, lung cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, when it [...]

2019-10-22T13:08:45-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Quebec’s First Lung Cancer Screening Program

Last year, in 2018, the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation (MCIF) dedicated its annual appeal to raising funds to start the first Lung Cancer Screening Program in Quebec at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI). Located at the Glen site of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the MCI is the first hospital in Quebec to offer this ground-breaking initiative which uses special CT scans that provide low doses of radiation to detect lung cancers before they cause symptoms, on high-risk patients. Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, and the leading cause of death in Canadians. To [...]

2019-08-21T15:39:09-04:00August 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

The 6th Annual Raymond James Charity Softball Game was a Success!

On Saturday, August 18th, the 6th Annual Raymond James charity softball game was held to benefit the MCI. This year, money raised went to help open an innovative clinic for interstitial lung disease (ILD) that will be a new specialty focus for the MCI. ILD affects approximately 15% of our patients and is a group of difficult to diagnose pulmonary diseases that cause scarring (fibrosis) and/or inflammation of the lungs. The new clinic will provide special expertise and support for our patients. A big thank you to all donors and supporters! As for the softball game itself, the MCI Lobes [...]

2018-10-23T12:21:17-04:00October 23rd, 2018|Events|

Introducing the Dr. Margaret Becklake Fellowship

The Montreal Chest Institute Foundation is proud to honour Dr. Becklake’s legacy and immense contribution in developing generations of respiratory clinicians and researchers by launching the Dr. Margaret Becklake Fellowship. This fellowship will be awarded to at least one trainee in respiratory research every year and will pay her or his salary as s/he conducts research under the supervision of scientists at the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. Recipients will be chosen from low- and middle-income countries as well as from Canadian Indigenous communities. Over the course of her career, Dr. Becklake had a major [...]

2018-10-18T09:25:29-04:00October 18th, 2018|Doctors|

The MCI Foundation unveils plaque recognizing Raymond James’ tremendous contribution to the MCI

Annual Raymond James Charity Softball Game raises $130,000 for life-changing equipment, clinics and research at the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre Photo (above): Richard Rousseau, Mitch Rosenberg and Martin Leclerc from Raymond James stand next to the financial firm’s new plaque outside the exercise testing equipment room. Funds raised from their charity softball tournament paid for all the equipment in this room, to help patients with COPD. The Montreal Chest Institute Foundation extends a heartfelt thank you to the incredible team at Raymond James, a diversified financial services firm, which over the past five years, [...]

2018-07-06T07:27:20-04:00July 5th, 2018|Donors|

MCI recruits leading interstitial lung diseases (ILD) specialist

Playing detective is one of the things Dr. Deborah Assayag really likes about her job. The respirologist, who will be joining the team at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in July, specializes in the treatment of interstitial lung diseases (ILD), a group of difficult to diagnose pulmonary diseases that cause scarring (fibrosis) and/or inflammation of the lungs. “I am a bit like Sherlock Holmes. When I meet patients for the first time, I ask a lot of questions and take a very thorough medical history. I ask about their jobs, their medications, [...]

2018-06-30T15:39:59-04:00June 30th, 2018|Clinics, Doctors|

Why I love my nursing job: Joanie Bernier has found her calling

Joanie Bernier predicts her first and last job will be at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre. The nurse coordinator loves her job so much she plans to retire from the MCI in 2041! You could say, Joanie has found her niche. The reasons she enjoys nursing so much are many, but key among them are great colleagues and the opportunity to connect with patients and provide them comfort and security when they are most vulnerable. “Every night when I get home, I know that I have made a small difference in the lives [...]

2018-05-18T12:43:27-04:00June 20th, 2017|Nurses|

Mikaëlaglaë Tunis, proud member of Montreal Chest Institute’s team of respiratory therapists!

Mikaëlaglaë ‘Mikëy’ Tunis decided to study respiratory therapy because the profession gave her options. She could work in an operating room, an intensive care unit, a laboratory or as part of a home care team. She chose to work at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). That was 13 years ago and while she has tried working elsewhere, the MCI keeps calling her home. She explains the roles and responsibilities of a respiratory therapist (RT) are continuously expanding and evolving. In addition, she says, new medical technologies make the profession endlessly interesting and [...]

2018-05-18T12:43:27-04:00October 26th, 2016|Respiratory Therapists|

Chelsea’s story: Young woman with cystic fibrosis waits for the cure that will save her life

Most of us might pop a multivitamin each morning. Chelsea Gagnon swallows 20 to 30 pills per day or 10,000 pills a year. The 27-year-old has cystic fibrosis (CF): her body produces thick, sticky mucous that clogs her lungs, making it hard to breathe. The disease makes her prone to sinus and lung infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Eventually, chronic inflammation triggered by repeated infections will damage her lungs. Chelsea has been a patient of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre her entire adult life. CF is the [...]

2018-05-18T12:43:29-04:00October 19th, 2016|Patients|