A Seat at the Table

The objective of the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network’s A Seat at the Table program is to increase the number of informed cancer patients, survivors and caregivers sitting on cancer and other healthcare Boards, committees and research peer review committees where decisions are being made about cancer diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment care and research funding.

The Network is certain that this program will increase the patient, survivor and caregiver voice in cancer and healthcare decision-making on many levels and will improve cancer care and healthcare services in the long term.

This objective will be accomplished in several ways, by:

  • Educating organizational decision makers of the value of having patients, survivors and caregivers participate in their decision-making processes.
  • Ensuring that Canadian cancer organizations which fund research include informed patients, survivors, caregivers or family members on their research peer review committees, ethics boards and other appropriate committees.
  • Ensuring that cancer centres and hospitals providing cancer treatment include informed patients, survivors, caregivers or family members on appropriate boards and committees.
  • Identifying other cancer and healthcare organizations on which cancer patients, survivors and caregivers should be at the table.
  • Identifying training modalities to ensure that patients, survivors and caregivers are educated and informed to enable them to fully participate in A Seat at the Table.
  • Developing appropriate patient education training programs to be offered online.

Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members as well as healthcare and cancer organizations who would like to be involved with A Seat at the Table should contact Jackie Manthorne, CCSN President & CEO, at jmanthorne@survivornet.ca.

Please check these pages often for A Seat at the Table volunteer opportunities! Additionally, check our Participate page for time-sensitive initiatives.

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

Cancer specific patient & family Advisory Councils
Research Peer Review Committees