Language identified as barrier to cervical cancer screening
The Partnership’s 2017 Cancer System Performance Report found that language barriers may prevent some groups of women from getting screened for cervical cancer. The data show Canadian immigrants aged 21-69 who do not speak English or French at home are three times more likely never to have had a Pap test (26%) compared to those who speak the language (8%). Pap tests are one of the most effective methods of screening for cervical cancer.
Successful cancer prevention model spreads across country
Patients at risk for cancer, diabetes and heart disease may soon receive a personalized “prevention prescription” that provides the support they need to make lifestyle changes. The BETTER program (Building on Existing Tools to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care) trains primary care providers to be “prevention practitioners” who work with patients to put a plan in place. Building on the program’s success in Alberta and Ontario, the Partnership is now funding the “BETTER Training Institute” consisting of two branches to train providers across the country, with a focus on serving rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
Surgical standards designed to improve care and outcomes
The Partnership released Canada’s first evidence-based standards for gynecologic oncology surgery and standards for thoracic surgery. The standards provide surgeons and cancer centres with guidance on the resources and requirements needed to improve surgical cancer care and outcomes. They are intended to reduce the significant variations that exist in surgical care across provinces.
Synoptic reporting projects focus on improving quality of care
Electronic synoptic reporting uses standardized checklists and data fields to report pathology and surgical results. New Partnership-funded projects in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island will help pathologists improve the quality of cancer care by using synoptic data to identify and address variations. A project with the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons will address quality by linking synoptic surgical reports with morbidity and mortality data. Surgeons from Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia will review the data and identify where changes to their surgical practices could improve outcomes.
Patients participate in cancer research conference
Patients and caregivers joined the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance and Canada’s top cancer researchers at the 2017 Canadian Cancer Research Conference through the Patient Involvement in Cancer Research Program. This new program integrates patient advisors into the conference to help incorporate the patient voice and perspective in Canadian cancer research.
Cancer research funding highlighted in report
A report on cancer research funding from the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance reports that $480 million dollars was invested in cancer research in Canada in 2015 (the most recent available data). From 2011–2015, there was a significant increase in research funding for prostate cancer, brain cancer, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia. The Partnership is a CCRA member and supports the organization’s executive office.
Cancer prevention policies easier to develop with new tool
A new tool using content from the Partnership’s Prevention Policies Directory makes it easier for municipal, provincial and territorial governments to develop cancer prevention policies that address modifiable risk factors. The Partnership’s policy packs provide evidence on which policy interventions are effective. They also provide economic evidence to support these approaches and a summary of which ones have been adopted across Canada. An alcohol policy pack for municipalities and an alcohol policy pack for provinces/territories are now available. Packs are also planned for healthy eating, physical activity and UV exposure.
Northern cancer strategy launched
The Partnership has launched a new strategy to work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners, cancer centres and other partners to improve cancer care in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Labrador (Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut). The Partnership will support each of the regions to address inequities and gaps in cancer care by increasing the system’s capacity to provide culturally safe and accessible cancer care in the North.