The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is pleased to present Better Together: Annual Highlights 2012/13, which showcases selected achievements in the Partnership’s recent work with partners throughout the cancer community. As the first year of the Partnership’s second five-year mandate, 2012/13 was our first year delivering against a new strategic plan that will further our coordinated long-term efforts to improve cancer outcomes for Canadians.
Better Together was prepared with partners’ busy schedules in mind and therefore offers a brief summary of the accomplishments of 2012/13. A more detailed view of the Partnership’s recent work is available in the full 2012/13 Annual Report. We are grateful for the contributions of our partners and look forward to broader and deeper impact as we continue to drive Canada’s cancer strategy.…read more
We wish to express our deep sadness at the loss of one of Canada’s heroes in palliative care. Larry Librach’s vision, leadership, and passion in advancing the field of palliative care are a true legacy; one that will live on and continue to benefit many Canadians to come. Please visit the Temmy Latner Center for Palliative Care website for a complete overview of Larry’s significant accomplishments.
One of Larry’s last contributions was a candid video interview on May 23, 2013 about his own personal experience facing a life-threatening illness. Please take a moment to watch.…read more
Caregivers and patients receiving palliative care share their experiences in new The Truth of It videos
Insights valuable for improving care
Sisters. Husbands. Daughters. Fathers. Familiar roles transform when one cares for a family member or close friend living with cancer. The experiences of patients moving to the palliative stage of their cancer journey are uniquely dynamic and difficult. A new selection of videos from the Partnership’s patient video series, The Truth of It, aims to support people taking on caregiver roles or those receiving end-of-life care, as well as the health-care providers working with them.
“You have to make some sacrifices in your own life to be able to spend some quality time and not have any regrets with that family member with cancer, but you have to take care of yourself too,” says Jeff, who speaks of his experience supporting his sister through a two-year struggle with colorectal cancer.…read more
Partnership supports Canada Health Infoway’s Impact Challenges
Canadians who have benefited from digital health investments are invited to share their personal and professional stories as part of a new initiative that aims to capture the impact that health technology innovations is already having. The initiative also encourages continued innovations that will help to transform health care.
Digital health, or health IT, refers to using technology to improve the quality of patient care. Examples include connecting a care team with an integrated electronic health record, shortening wait times through online access to clinic information or accessing specialists through telehealth.…read more
Evaluation published in Current Oncology
They set out to create a way for people living in rural areas, or with less common cancers, to learn from each other through scheduled live online chats – typing, not talking – with a professional facilitator as part of the group. That’s how CancerChatCanada began.
“We expected that it would not be as good an experience as face-to-face groups,” says Dr. Joanne Stephen of the BC Cancer Agency. “We thought it would be better than nothing, but we totally didn’t expect that it would be as good an experience as it turned out to be.”…read more