Dr. Palma, Betty and Dr. Nichols

From left: Dr. David Palma (Lawson Associate Scientist), Betty Ostrander (Research Participant) and Dr. Anthony Nichols (Lawson Associate Scientist)

Results from world first trial suggest that robotic surgery for oropharyngeal cancer is not superior to radiation therapy

LHSC: London Regional Cancer Program - 

For Betty Ostrander, an operating room nurse from Tillsonburg, Ontario, a throat cancer diagnosis was life-changing.

Betty was 59 years old when she discovered a small lump on the right side of her neck while walking her dogs in Florida. Thinking that she might be coming down with a cold, she waited a couple of days but the lump was still there. 

“I went to a walk-in clinic in Florida and the nurse told me I was healthy,” says Betty. “She prescribed me antibiotics but I asked her for an ultrasound requisition.”

In Canada, about 235,000 people experience homelessness each year. 

Second study phase points to the need for transitional services 

Off­site - 

At a community symposium on health care and homelessness attended by over 250 Londoners, a research team from Lawson Health Research Institute announced the results of a nine-month, federally funded project tackling the issue of homelessness from within hospital walls. 

Members of the team who contributed to the 6-year long work that resulted in this discovery

Researchers first to develop reliable, non-invasive cardiac functional MRI

An international team led by scientists from Lawson Health Research Institute and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are the first to show that Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can be used to measure how the heart uses oxygen for both healthy patients and those with heart disease. 

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