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Momentum builds for Toronto East General Hospital’s Prostate Cancer Program

November 20, 2012

TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ – Building on the momentum of W. Brett
Wilson’s $1M Challenge in support of the Robotic Prostate Cancer
Program and Redevelopment Campaign, Toronto East General Hospital
(TEGH) Foundation is pleased to report that Urologist Dr. Rajiv Singal
is also leading the way nationally in the Movember campaign.

Demonstrating his leadership in prostate cancer awareness and treatment,
Dr. Singal’s passion is evident in his participation in the Movember
campaign where his TEGH team is currently ranked first across Canada
and 16th overall.  As an individual competitor, Dr. Singal, longtime
Head of the division of urology and current Lead of the surgical
robotics program, ranks third across the country.

It is this type of dedication that W. Brett Wilson, the former CBC
Dragon Den’s celebrity, recants.  “I became ill with radiation-induced
renal cystitis and was rushed to Toronto East General Hospital for what
I would say was a very personal and life-threatening experience. TEGH
saved my life.” Added W. Brett Wilson, now hosting Risky Business on
Slice.  “As a very fortunate prostate cancer “graduate”, I admire and
respect Toronto East General Hospital’s critical vision to be a leader
in men’s health and I’m extremely proud to lend my support.”

W. Brett Wilson has donated $100,000 towards TEGH and is openly
challenging others to give to raise $1M dollars for TEGH’s prostate
cancer program and its Redevelopment Campaign.

Under Dr. Singal’s leadership, the Hospital has invested significantly
into the robotic surgery program that will establish TEGH as the
training ground for the next generation of robotic surgeons.   Dr.
Singal is also championing prostate awareness and research by raising
funds through the Movember campaign as he positions the Hospital as a
definitive leader in men’s health.

Thanks to donors and a partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences
Centre, TEGH’s recent acquisition of the revolutionary da Vinci System,
aka “The Robot” provides patients with the latest in Minimally Invasive
Surgical technology. It enhances an already exceptional program and
enables surgeons to dramatically change the experience for prostate
cancer patients.

“We hope the W. Brett Wilson Challenge will inspire champions to match
his gift and support to Toronto East General Hospital as we transform
care for men with prostate cancer,” added Michael Burns, Chair of the
TEGH Foundation.

Wilson’s recent gift and Dr. Singal’s success are well-timed in a month
where prostate cancer is high on the radar.  At an alarming rate, one
in seven Canadian men will develop prostate cancer during their
lifetime and an aging population is pushing these rates even higher.
The good news is that prostate cancer is one of the most treatable
types of cancer and new research, technology and surgical techniques
are bringing better outcomes for prostate cancer patients.

About Toronto East General Hospital:
Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) has been proudly serving the
community of East Toronto since 1929, when it opened its doors as a
110-bed general hospital. Over the years TEGH has continually renewed
its commitment to the community it serves. Today TEGH is a large,
urban, full-service community teaching hospital, providing
comprehensive care to a diverse population of 400,000, representing
over 45 cultural and linguistic groups. TEGH boasts Centres of
Excellence in Thoracic Surgery, Family Medicine Residency Program, and
Progressive Ventilation Weaning among its leadership programs.

About the TEGH Capital Redevelopment Campaign:
TEGH has received final approval for redevelopment from the Government
of Ontario and the City of Toronto. TEGH Foundation is currently in the
midst of a $60 million private sector campaign to raise funds for the
Hospital’s $211-million redevelopment project. More than $50 million
has been raised to-date.  The most significant component of the
campaign is the Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre that will
improve access and infection control.

In the month of “Movember”, which raises awareness for prostate cancer,
Dr. Rajiv Singal, current Lead of the surgical robotics program at
TEGH, would be pleased to speak with members of the media about the
challenges with prostate cancer and what citizens can do to help tackle
this deadly disease. Arrangements can be made by contacting Justin Van
Dette at 416-659-3870 or by e-mail at juvan@tegh.on.ca

W. Brett Wilson is available to discuss the donation/challenge with
interested parties. If you would like to speak with W. Brett Wilson,
please contact Teresa Vasilopoulos, President of Toronto East General
Hospital Foundation, at 416-500-2384 or by e-mail at tvasi@tegh.on.ca

SOURCE Toronto East General Hospital

Source: PR Newswire