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April 16th, 2014

Innovative initiatives across Canada aim to improve cancer patients experience

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer announces $13 million in funding for partner organizations

April 16, 2014 (Toronto) – Every person who is living with cancer is unique, and so is that person’s cancer journey. The person-centred perspective in cancer care is driven by the needs, values and priorities of the person receiving the care.  The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is pleased to announce $13 million in funding to provinces, territories and cancer organizations across Canada that will focus on best practices that address patients’ needs and improve cancer care delivery. These 14 initiatives will build on the foundational work established during earlier work. Significant gains have been made as partner organisations across the country have examined best practices, established guidelines and identified innovative models of care for cancer survivors.…

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Report highlights the need for culturally safe cancer care in Inuit communities

Monday, April 14, 2014 – Although relatively unknown to past generations, cancer has become the second-highest cause of death in the Inuit population and is having a profound effect on patients, their families and communities. The incidence of cancer is rising and social determinants of health and behavioural factors interact in complex and individual ways to raise the risk of Inuit developing cancer. A new report released today examines cancer control for Inuit across Canada and provides a baseline against which progress can be measured over the coming years.…

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Pan-Canadian, collaborative approach to improve the health of Canadians

New initiatives driving better health outcomes by helping to shape lifestyles to prevent cancer and chronic diseases

April 9, 2014 –More than 100 organizations across Canada are uniting as partners in a series of projects designed to improve the health of Canadians by preventing chronic disease.  In phase two of the Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) initiative, a total of $15.3 million is being invested in eight projects to address issues such as obesity, tobacco use, screening for cancer and chronic disease, and the unique health needs of First Nations communities.…

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Report shows older Canadians less likely to receive recommended cancer treatments than younger patients

March 26, 2014 – The most comprehensive review of the performance of Canada’s cancer control systems reveals that some older Canadians with colon, lung or breast cancer are not receiving guideline-recommended radiation and chemotherapy at the same rate as younger patients with these cancers.

This age-related disparity may be explained by a number of factors. For example, older people are more likely to have other acute and or chronic health problems, which could make the risks of chemotherapy or radiation therapy outweigh the potential benefits. But the new report suggests that these legitimate factors may explain just part of the apparent age-related treatment gap. It may be that too many older patients are in fact not receiving cancer therapies that could improve their health outcomes—including longer survival.…

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Addressing priority cancer control gaps with and for First Peoples

First time collaborations to improve the cancer experience for patients in rural, remote and isolated communities

March 6, 2014 – Today, partners from across First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations, the health sector and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer met to launch a new initiative to improve cancer control with and for First Peoples.  While cancer affects everyone, rates of common cancers have increased among First Nations, Inuit and Métis in the past few decades and in some populations are now at or above those in the general Canadian population.   The new initiative will help reduce the cancer burden for these communities and improve the experience for patients.…

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