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A 30-year-old Ontario woman diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer has had her surgery postponed indefinitely and says it could be too late to save her if the procedure keeps getting pushed back.
Woodbridge, Ont. woman Cassandra Di Maria was diagnosed with cancer in 2020 and has undergone 17 rounds of chemotherapy since then.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Now, I’m waiting on my next big surgery,” Di Maria told CTV News Toronto on Thursday. “I have no idea when this surgery will happen and I’m at a standstill.”
The report explains that De Maria’s surgery was originally scheduled for December, then postponed to January, then that appointment was cancelled as well.
In an email, Mount Sinai Hospital informed Di Maria her surgery was cancelled because of “the situation with COVID-19” and that “everything is getting cancelled at this point.”
The 30-year-old says there’s a “very high” chance her cancer will spread before the surgery.https://t.co/l4fWUI7Ned
— CTV Toronto (@CTVToronto) January 13, 2022
Di Maria’s cousin posted the following desperate account on Instagram:
I am posting this to bring to light a story of how Ontario has cancelled a LIFE SAVNG Surgery for a stage 4 cancer patient.
My cousin is 30-year-old and was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in November 2020. By the time it was found, the cancer had spread from her colon, to her ovaries and liver, leading to a removal of a piece of her colon and one of her ovaries. She went on chemotherapy, in an attempt to shrink the spots on her liver before surgery could be performed to remove those spots. This surgery was supposed to take place in November 2021 and has since been pushed back numerous times. It was POSTPONED AGAIN, thanks to the government’s decision to cancel “nonurgent” surgeries due to Covid-19.
This means she will be off chemo for at least three months, giving the cancer a chance to multiply and spread to every single part of her body. This could potentially render her chances for surgery USELESS, meaning she will die. My 30-year-old cousin, with a wedding planned for April 2023 and an ENTIRE life ahead of her, will die thanks to the reckless decision to cancel and postpone “nonurgent” surgeries.
I am wondering when my 30-year-old cousin’s life will be a priority? When will hospitals be equipped to handle the influx of Covid-19 patients AND the rest of the population that has other illnesses, besides Covid-19? When will Canadians, who have done their part by receiving the vaccine and staying home, be considered a PRIORITY? When will my cousin, who is battling stage four cancer, be just as important as a covid-19 patient? When will my cousin, who has had to attend all of her doctor’s appointments and chemo treatments ALONE, be treated as a priority during this pandemic?
I am calling on the Ontario Government to rethink this decision to cancel surgeries, ultimately punishing a boatload of individuals whose lives are at risk. I am calling on the Ontario Government to give my cousin a fighting chance at life; a chance to marry her high school sweetheart, a chance to travel the world, a chance to watch her nephew grow up and give him a cousin. A chance to LIVE.
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’PEOPLE LIKE ME ARE SUFFERING’: Cassandra Dimaria has Stage 4 cancer but can’t get life-saving operation because ‘non-urgent’ surgeries have been postponed by COVID https://t.co/ngmW4rz7pq Via @LizBraunSun pic.twitter.com/IJiSD30L8Q
— Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) January 14, 2022
“Having it postponed and cancelled so many times … I’m worried, obviously, the cancer has gotten the chance to now spread further,” Cassandra Di Maria says. https://t.co/R2GMt1Nmbk
— CBC Toronto (@CBCToronto) January 14, 2022
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