Jadyn Schill is known as the “most irradiated child in Canada,” by the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, where she is referred to as “Super-Girl” after being treated there for cancer for nearly a decade.
First diagnosed when she was five years old, her mom took her to the hospital when she lost movement in the left side of her face. She was first diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, but after an MRI, a tumour was found. She was diagnosed with Ependymoma, a rare brain cancer.
Jadyn’s mom says the teenager doesn’t really remember her life before cancer.
Despite this, Jadyn remains positive about her future.
“I just want to go to school like a normal kid,” she told the CBC last year. “And try to get back into sports. I used to play soccer really well.”
One of the surgeries Jadyn received was from a Gamma Knife, which uses HSA Cobalt, like the Cobalt found in Bruce Power’s reactors. This innovative tool uses gamma radiation to focus 200 microscopic beams of radiation on a tumour or other target. Although each individual beam has little effect on the brain tissue surrounding the tumour, where the beam intersects, a strong dose of radiation is delivered to the site, minimizing damage to healthy tissue and lowering side effects compared to traditional therapy in some cases.
Sterilization of single-use medical devices
Gamma sterilization is a proven process that’s highly effective at treating single-use medical devices. With the ability to penetrate products while sealed in their final packaging, gamma sterilization economizes the manufacturing and distribution process, while still ensuring full sterility of the product.
Find out more about how Bruce Power and Nordion are ensuring the long-term supply of Cobalt-60 until 2064.