Her mom’s lung cancer was caught too late. It’s part of a pattern in Nunavik – CBC

New study points to pattern of high mortality among Inuit patients

Feb 27, 2024

Nearly 17 years after her mother’s death, Natasha Ita MacDonald, from Kuujjuarapik in northern Quebec, still wonders if she could have survived.

Louisa Tuckatuck MacDonald, died at 57, just seven months after doctors discovered a grapefruit-sized mass in her lungs and diagnosed her with Stage 4 cancer.

“If she had been living in Calgary or Montreal or Vancouver would it have been screened before?” questions MacDonald. “Would she have had a better chance?”

MacDonald thinks so.

The assistant professor of Indigenous education at McGill University says her mother’s story highlights the failures in the health-care system in Nunavik.

MacDonald says her mom was only diagnosed after being sent to Montreal for a nagging cough. She had no idea it was cancer.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/lung-cancer-nunavik-mortality-inuit-patients-medical-care-1.7126038

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