Published by Mara Juneau
Published on September 10, 2018
“A New Voice”
When I was a graduate student, 48 years ago, I had a desk in the Physics lab at the London Regional Cancer Centre. The lab door was usually open to the corridor, where patients and staff would wander by. One patient, who was being treated for cancer of the larynx, was interested in what I was working on and would regularly come by and chat with me. During the course of his radiation treatment, his voice was very raspy, partially because of the disease and partially as a result of the treatment. At the end of his course of treatment, after his last treatment fraction, his voice had nearly disappeared completely, and, in a low whisper, he came by to say farewell. About six months later, I was in the lab working quietly at my desk and was suddenly interrupted by a loud voice singing “O Sole Mio”. This patient had returned for a follow-up visit and, on his way out, he proudly displayed the complete return of his voice, along with the cure of his disease. His visits and the grand display of his cure have remained an inspiration for me, as a Medical Physicist, that our work and our research really have a direct impact on patient care.
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