Sharon Needham is a professional who loves to travel and is always planning her next trip. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking. In 2015, Sharon was diagnosed with Lung NET cancer which came as a shock to a non-smoker. The diagnosis explained why she had been so ill for over seven years and it was a relief to finally have answers.
What has been your involvement with CNETS Canada?
“The Canadian Cancer Society recommended CNETS Canada to me. When I contacted CNETS I was grateful to have someone that understood my illness so I didn’t feel so alone. I was lucky enough to go to a CNETS Canada patient education day in London, Ontario where I was very impressed with the team of NET cancer specialists. The day was helpful for my family and me to understand my cancer better. We were impressed with the quality of the day, the doctors who presented and the level of professionalism.”
How has CNETS Canada made a difference?
“CNETS Canada led me to a better outcome for my NET cancer through education and support. The online support through the closed group on Facebook has been invaluable. It’s a community of patients connecting and I feel lucky I can give back to people who have been recently been diagnosed so they don’t feel so alone.”
What if CNETS Canada did not exist?
“There would be no one advocating for proper care and treatment for our NET cancer patients in Canada.”
What parts of our work have you benefitted from the most??
“I think the calibre of what CNETS offers is what makes me have confidence. It’s so professional; information is timely and responses and support are there when you need them.”
What do you want from CNETS Canada as a patient?
“I see great benefit in CNETS advocating and lobbying for more advanced treatments in Canada to get us on par with Europe and USA. Net Cancer awareness is also critical for better outcomes for patients.”