Illuminight Patient Ambassadors: Sue Hewitson


In 2013, Sue Hewitson of Jerseyville awoke to extreme pain in her side. An ultrasound in Brantford revealed that a cancerous tumour was growing in her kidney. Sue underwent surgery to have her kidney removed and no signs of cancer were found after the operation.

During a follow-up appointment in 2017, a CT scan revealed the presence of several small tumours in her lung. The cancer had returned and was spreading.

For the next stages of her care, she required the expertise of the specialized team at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre. Sue was placed under the care of Dr. Sébastien Hotte and his oncology team.

After a biopsy was taken, it was determined that she qualified for a clinical trial being conducted by Dr. Sébastien Hotte. Sue agreed to participate in the study, which involves a regimen of oral chemotherapy and infusions of medication to boost her immune system.

Sue is still in active treatment and she is responding well to the targeted therapy. Her tumours shrunk considerably and she is optimistic about the future.

Sue will be sharing her story as a Patient Ambassador at Illuminight on October 4, 2019. Register and fundraise at