STATEMENT BY SALMA ZAHID, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR SCARBOROUGH CENTRE
February 20, 2018 – “I would like to share with my constituents in Scarborough Centre that I have begun a medical leave to seek treatment for a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
After returning home from an overseas visit over the holidays, I suffered from intermittent pain for several weeks. After returning home from Ottawa on February 8th, the pain worsened over the weekend and I visited a medical clinic. This led to testing and several hospital visits over the last week that confirmed a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
I am under the care of Dr. Neil Berinstein, a practicing Medical Oncologist at the Odette-Sunnybrook Cancer Centre in Toronto, and will begin an intensive course of chemotherapy today. Following this first round of treatment, the prognosis and treatment plan will become clearer.
I am determined to fight this diagnosis, and to continue my work in service of the people of Scarborough Centre as soon as I am medically able to do so.
By coincidence, the last time I spoke in the House of Commons was during question period on February 5th, regarding World Cancer Day. Canada has some of the best doctors, nurses and medical professionals in the world, and is doing world-leading research in this field. I am grateful for the care I have and will receive.
During my leave, my Scarborough and Ottawa office teams will continue to provide assistance and support to the people of Scarborough Centre.
I would like to thank all of you in advance for your support and understanding, and I ask that my privacy and the privacy of my family be respected as the treatment begins. My team will provide updates as new information becomes available.