Speak Up: Resources available to support conversations about end-of-life care
April 16, 2013 – The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is pleased to join with voices from across the healthcare community to mark National Advance Care Planning Day and encourage Canadians, including those in good health, to reflect on their end-of-life wishes.
The Speak Up campaign, led by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and supported by the Partnership, provides resources for individuals, family members and healthcare professionals start conversations about an individual’s wishes for end-of-life care.…read more
Expanded implementation guides for the growing fields of patient navigation and screening for distress are now available to help improve the cancer journey for patients.
“In recent years, understanding of the need for both of these core elements of person-centred care has expanded rapidly,” says Dr. Margaret Fitch, Expert Lead of the patient experience and survivorship initiatives of the Person-Centred Perspective at the Partnership.…read more
Online resource, colonversation.ca, provides tips for the talk
The Partnership joins with partners across the country urging Canadians to talk to friends and family about the importance of colon cancer screening during March – Colon Cancer Awareness Month – and all year round.
“Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada. In 2012, 5,000 men and 4,200 women were expected to die from it,” says Dr. Heather Bryant, the Partnership’s Vice-President of Cancer Control. “But through screening colorectal cancer can often be found early, while it can still be treated successfully. Screening saves lives.”…read more
A new report released by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, entitled Organized Breast Cancer Screening Programs in Canada: Report on Program Performance in 2007 and 2008, provides key information about breast cancer morbidity and mortality as well as potential harms associated with screening. The report, which monitors and evaluates programs essential to the early detection of a disease that took the lives of an estimated 5,100 Canadians in 2012, provides the latest data available to ensure that Canadian women ultimately have access to high-quality breast cancer screening programs.…read more
February 4, 2013 - Today, the Partnership is marking World Cancer Day by joining hundreds of organizations globally to help debunk common myths and misconceptions about cancer.
“Cancer control is advancing rapidly,” says Dr. Heather Bryant, the Partnership’s Vice-President of Cancer Control and UICC Board Member. “Survival rates for many cancers are much better. More cancers are being found earlier through screening programs and are easier to treat successfully. Side effects are often fewer. Pain management is improving.”…read more