The pandemic makes my breast cancer treatment longer and lonelier

This First Person article is the experience of Ann Cavlovic, a writer based in western Quebec. For more information about CBC’s First Person stories, please see the FAQ.

A cancer diagnosis is brutal at the best of times, let alone at the start of a pandemic. Yet people still seem surprised by how the timing of my diagnosis affected my treatment.

Surely, they think, a life-threatening tumour would push me to the front of the line.

The reality is that we’re still digging out of a backlog of elective surgeries that were cancelled before we understood how this virus worked. That term “elective” is deceptive; cancer surgery is not “elective”

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