Elaine Shiu

I am a supporter of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and I’m very emotionally attached to this centre. My father, Mr. Henry Lui, was diagnosed with advanced esophageal cancer in 2010. Hearing this news, we were astonished and sad, but we realized that the most important thing was finding the best treatment and care for my dad. We next experienced the process that many other families do – searching for the best health care services and treatment in the world. 
One thing we did was talk to a close family friend who is a neuro-oncologist at one of the leading U.S. cancer centres to get his advice on getting the best doctors for my dad’s type of cancer. Without hesitation, he said that would be Dr. Lillian Siu - a world-leading oncologist at The Princess Margaret. 
We also considered Hong Kong, but in the end, it was an easy decision as The Princess Margaret is a Top 5 Cancer Centre in the world and also right in our backyard. 
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre certainly lived up to that reputation. The staffs here are experts in their field. They are dedicated, work as a team and treat you as family. Since we first came to The Princess Margaret with my dad, we’ve always had a sense that patient care is always the highest priority here. 
They want to provide the best possible treatment. As family members, we were fully aware of what was going on and knew the outcome of the treatment. 
My father received radiotherapy and chemotherapy simultaneously for 7 weeks. During his last period, while my father was in palliative care at home, he was rushed into emergency one night due to incredible pain. Dad’s palliative care doctor wanted him to be seen immediately by a Radiation Oncologist from The Princess Margaret, and so he was. A specialist from the Radiation team came to see him and recommended a one-time radiation treatment to Dad’s spine right away. He called in a radiation therapist and the treatment was administered at 2am. This gave my dad relief from pain and swelling around his neck. Although we were sadden when he passed away in the end, and miss him dearly, we are still very grateful to all the medical personnel who took care of my dad. 
The story of my father taught me and my family that we must speed up the time to find a cure for cancer so that the others don’t have to go through the same pain. That’s what dad would have wanted – for us to help find a cure so his grandson’s generation and mine will not have to face the same disease. 
- Elaine Shiu

Reviewed: December 2013