‘The Princess Margaret saved my life and it saves a lot of people’s lives every single day’
Dana Warren’s cancer journey began with the flu. She was at home and felt so ill that she keeled over and clutched her chest.
That’s when she discovered something that didn’t feel right. After a referral from her doctor, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at The Princess Margaret.
“When you get that diagnosis, you stop to re-evaluate and you realize what’s important,” says Dana.
Treatment started with a lumpectomy, followed by eight weeks of chemotherapy and 21 sessions of radiation. During that time, Dana also received simultaneous infusions of a cancer-fighting drug called Herceptin every three weeks for a year.
Despite the circumstances, Dana has fond memories of her time in chemo thanks to the nursing staff who she calls “the heart and soul” of the Cancer Centre.
“The Princess Margaret became my home. They became my family,” says Dana.
On her last day of treatment, Dana rang the Bravery Bell, a tradition to mark the end of a patient’s chemotherapy.
Dana felt like she “won the lottery” when she was referred to The Princess Margaret for breast cancer treatment. She praises the Cancer Centre as being “the best of the best.”
“The Princess Margaret saved my life and it saves a lot of people’s lives every single day,” says Dana. “Thank you is not a big enough word.” Watch Dana's Story