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Trevor is living life to the fullest thanks to The Princess Margaret

When a routine blood test in 2014 showed Trevor Kahn might have prostate cancer, he was understandably worried.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers) and the third leading cause of death.

The 59-year-old Torontonian underwent a biopsy, which confirmed he had early stage prostate cancer. He was referred to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and was accepted into the Metformin Active Surveillance Trial (MAST) under the direction of Dr. Neil Fleshner.

Even though the news was difficult to take, Trevor says his worries eased the moment he met Dr. Fleshner.

“He said, ‘We’re going to look after you.’ I felt the treatment I was getting, the way it was being done, it just made me feel confident.”

The trial was a success for Trevor and his tumour shrank. He is now on a maintenance drug.

He also got diagnosed with melanoma almost three years after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had surgery to remove the mole at a clinic in North Toronto and is now doing well. Trevor has regular six-month checkups for both types of cancer and feels fortunate that even with two diagnoses of cancer, his quality of life hasn’t changed.

He is now living life to the fullest and enjoying time with his grandchildren.

“I think it’s fantastic I was able to get this extra time with my wife, my children and now my two grandchildren. It’s a bonus I don’t want to waste.”

He encourages everyone to purchase a Home Lottery ticket to help other patients like him benefit from the work being done at The Princess Margaret.

“Funds raised go towards research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and that’s very important. Plus, there’s always a chance of winning something.”