The Quebec Cancer Foundation is officially opening the doors of its new accommodation centre in Lévis to people affected by cancer and is getting ready to welcome its first residents and beneficiaries as of September 28, 2020.


The primary purpose of the new Lodge is to simplify the lives of people dealing with cancer as well as those of their loved ones. Despite the distance that separates these people from their homes, the Quebec Cancer Foundation is offering them a warm second home that will permit them to focus on healing, rather than on the logistics surrounding the disease and its treatment.
 
Whereas previously patients and their companions were obliged to travel on a regular basis for their outpatient treatments at the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, the Maison Dessercom now offers them accommodation for a very affordable fee in a building that is comfortable, peaceful and accessible, whether for one night, a few days or a few weeks.
 
“This service is fundamental if these people are to concentrate on their upcoming treatments without worrying about round-trips, snowstorms and other travel hazards” says Julie-Suzanne Doyon, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fondation de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis.  


Exceptional new offer of services and care at the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis


The Maison Dessercom is located just a few steps away from the Centre régional intégré de cancérologie (CRIC) de Chaudière-Appalaches and the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis. This 30-room two-storey building is primarily intended for people residing outside Lévis who need to receive one or more cancerology, hyperbaric medicine or dialysis treatments, or for the parents of newborns hospitalized at the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis.
 
According to Daniel Paré, President and CEO of the CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches,  “The creation of an integrated regional cancer center would have been unthinkable without the creation of a service to accommodate these patients who live outside the immediate region of Lévis. Thanks to our concerted efforts, we are now able to offer an exceptional range of care for the people who use the services of the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis and the CRIC. [...] Our thanks go to the Quebec Cancer Foundation for allowing us to benefit from its great expertise!”
 
Among the services offered at the Hôtel-Dieu are social, community and relaxation activities aimed at reducing the stress associated with treatment.
 
In addition, beneficiaries will be able to profit from the various services offered by the Quebec Cancer Foundation, which include massage therapy, kinesiology, art therapy, and hair prosthesis loan services.
 
 “In order to mark our 40th anniversary, we have chosen to be closer to people. Expanding our accommodation network is one more way of giving expression to this desire. We are proud to establish ourselves in Chaudière-Appalaches and to offer a service that will provide people with a second home away from home, in a warm, modern building” says Quebec Cancer Foundation Director General, Marco Décelles.
 
More than just hotels, the Quebec Cancer Foundation’s accommodation centres are true living environments where employees and volunteers generously dispense the warmth, humanism and creativity needed to make the visitors’ daily lives a little easier. They are places where people help each other and where great victories are achieved, both over oneself and the disease. Every day bears witness to the beneficial effects of the therapies designed to complement the medical treatments. It is undeniable how much this environment and these activities help people cope better with cancer.
 
Since 1988 (when the first Lodge opened) the Quebec Cancer Foundation has provided more than 500,000 overnight stays across the province. Forty years later, cancer continues unabated, and ever more people are turning to the Foundation to alleviate their ordeal.
 
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