Cameron Lane

Cam Lane knows first-hand the importance of clinical trials. One of them saved his life.

In 2007, Cam was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite undergoing successful surgery he was advised that the chance of reoccurrence for melanoma was high. Several years later, in 2012 his cancer had reoccurred. For the next year and a half, Cam underwent multiple surgeries to have the reoccurring tumours removed. But in November 2013, cancer had spread to his lungs.

“I had four tumours in my lungs, and I felt like a ticking time bomb,” says Cam.

Luckily he was found to be eligible for a clinical trial run by Dr. Michael Smylie and Dr. John Walker at the Cross Cancer Institute. By July 2014, Cam had a complete response to the clinical trial treatment and the tumours in his lungs had disappeared. Today, the dad of three is cancer-free and is grateful for the moments he can spend with his family.

“Six years ago if it wasn’t for this trial I would not be here. I have had years of great memories and moments with my family. I feel so blessed. It could have all been taken away from me before.”

Atieh Behravesh

Atieh Behravesh is a stage 4 breast cancer thriver receiving treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. Like most newly diagnosed cancer patients, she experienced significant emotional distress when she was diagnosed in February 2019. “At the time, I kept asking myself, ‘why me?’ I kept looking for a reason or someone to blame.” But with the help of nurse navigators, Atieh and her husband, Masoud, became more informed and started to adapt to their new life

“I started to go to the Look Good Feel Better Workshop at Wellspring and learned how to manage my appearance during chemotherapy. I joined the breast cancer supportive care organization, where I met the angel of my life, Dr. Taylor, who helped us understand all the medical terms, answered all our questions and supported us emotionally. As I started to become more informed, I felt better.”

Today, Atieh is continuing to undergo treatments and is living life one day at a time. She is grateful for the support of her family, her health care team and the resources available for cancer patients in Alberta.