Past Webinars

Free CCSN Webinar – Nutrition Surveillance and Counselling for Cancer Survivors

If you missed this webinar on Thursday, March 25, 2021, you can watch a recording here. The topic of this webinar is Nutrition Surveillance and Counselling for Cancer Survivors. Dr. Paul C Rogers will discuss the role of nutrition in cancer research and survivorship.

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Top News

Brain Tumour Incidence and Mortality Report

June 9, 2021

The Brain Tumour Registry of Canada (BTRC) published their Incidence and Mortality Report on May 26th, 2021. The detailed breakdown of the data and...

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Your CCSN May 2021 Newsletter is Here

April 26, 2021

The May 2021 edition of our Newsletter is now available, with updates on Covid-19 and the Disruption of Cancer Care. Click here to view! Subscribe...

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Protect our Access OpEd: COVID vaccine delays illustrate what people dependent on other medicines experience

April 9, 2021

Canada’s drug review and reimbursement systems are already onerous. It can take from two to five years for some drugs to get to patients. The...

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Letter to Minister Churchill

March 31, 2021

24 March 2021 Minister Zach Churchill Minister of Health and Wellness Barrington Tower, 1894 Barrington Street P.O Box 488 Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J...

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Alberta Includes Cancer Patients in Vaccination Phase 2

March 17, 2021

Canadian Cancer Survivor Network congratulates Alberta on including cancer patients in Phase 2 On Monday, March 15th, the Government of Alberta...

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Comprehensive Cancer Testing in Ontario – Wave 1

March 16, 2021

On June 1st, 2021, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) began implementing comprehensive genetic testing for two additional types of cancer – uveal melanoma...

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Cancer can’t wait: Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) tells provinces to prioritize COVID-19 vaccination of cancer patients to save lives

March 15, 2021

OTTAWA, ON, March 15, 2021 /CNW/ – It is critical that provinces and territories prioritize cancer patients and their caregivers during the...

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Upcoming Events

  • Jun15
    Virtual Screening of Jim Allison: Breakthrough

    June is Immunotherapy Month, and BioCanRx is marking it by offering a free virtual screening of the film Jim Allison: Breakthrough. The film may be viewed at this link until Tuesday, June 15. Additionally, BioCanRx is hosting a discussion with the film’s creator, Bill Haney, on Tuesday, June 15 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm E.T., with opportunity for questions from the audience. Register for it

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  • Jun16
    What’s New in: Rare Lung Cancer Subtypes – webinar by Lung Cancer Canada

    Lung Cancer Canada is presenting the next edition of their What’s New In: series of webinars. This free webinar will be on the topic on rare cancer subtypes. It will be moderated by Dr Paul Wheatley-Price, a medical oncologist at The Ottawa Hospital. For more information, see the event page on Lung Cancer Canada’s website.

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  • Jun17
    Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Virtual Symposium

    The Colorectal Cancer Resource and Action Network (CCRAN) is responding to the growing number of young patients seeking support, education, and advocacy for advanced colorectal cancer by hosting its first of three symposia on June 17, 2021 on the topic of early age onset colorectal cancer (EAOCRC). Over the course of these three symposia, CCRAN will educate about and plan a response to the rising

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  • Jun22
    2021 CADTH Symposium Call for Abstracts

    CADTH is now accepting abstracts for workshops, panels, debates, breakfast sessions, oral presentations, and posters for the 2021 CADTH Symposium to be held online on November 2, 3, and 4. This year’s theme is Uncertain Times, Imperfect Evidence, and the Imperative to Act. Learn more about the theme. Abstracts must be submitted online at Call for Abstracts. Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Visit

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  • Jun22
    The Future of Dermatology – Exploring Virtual Care

    The Melanoma Network of Canada is hosting a webinar on virtual care for melanoma and skin cancer. Join us on Tuesday June 22, for our FREE Melanoma & Skin Cancer Information Session webinar. Learn from Dermatologist Annie Lui from DermCafé on virtual dermatology and what it means for patients. Also hear from a patient and learn the latest updates on melanoma and non-melanoma support services. The

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  • Call for Abstracts for National Lymphedema Conference

    The call for abstracts is open for the 2021 National Lymphedema Conference! The Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLF) is accepting abstracts for either an oral or poster presentation at the conference, which will take place virtually on December 3-4, 2021. The CLF welcomes abstracts from all stages of the research process, including study protocols, feasibility and pilot studies, and clinical case series. However, submissions are not limited to research-based abstracts. If you have a special interest in a topic that is important or have a special case study, the CLF encourages you to submit an abstract to share knowledge with your colleagues.

    Key Dates

    April 15 - Call for English abstracts officially opens April 30 - Communication and Call for French abstracts officially opens August 1 - Deadline for abstract submissions September 15 - Notification of accepted abstractsParticipate Now

  • 2021 CADTH Symposium: Call for Abstract Reviewers

    The 2021 CADTH Symposium is being held virtually on November 2, 3, and 4, 2021. CADTH is looking for volunteers to review the abstracts submitted for presentation at this year’s conference. Volunteer reviewers help CADTH shape an engaging and well-rounded program. This is a great opportunity for individuals at all career levels, including students, to get involved in the 2021 Symposium. To join the Abstract Review Committee, simply complete the questionnaire by Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The call for abstracts for the symposium is also open! Abstracts must be submitted by Tuesday, June 22, 2021.Participate Now

  • Modernizing Health Canada’s Clinical Trials Framework

    Health Canada, the federal regulator for drugs and health products, is proposing to modernize the way it regulates clinical trials. Clinical trials are required for all kinds of health products, from prescription medications to medical devices, in order to ensure they are safe and effective. Health Canada regulates clinical trials to make sure that participants are safe, ethical principles are followed, and the results of the trial are reliable. Health Canada is in the process of consulting with stakeholders – including all interested Canadians – about the proposed changes to the regulations. For more information, see the Clinical Trials Regulatory Modernization Initiative on the Health Canada website.

    How can you participate in these consultations?

    First, read the consultation paper: it introduces the proposals for transforming Canada’s regulatory framework for clinical trials related to human drugs, medical devices, and natural health products. Then, you can fill out the accompanying questionnaire. You may also submit written input by email. Finally, Health Canada is also conducting a series of webinars with specific groups of stakeholders. This series includes a webinar discussion with patients and patient groups, taking place on June 21st, 2021. If you would like an invitation to this webinar, contact Now

  • Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders looking for people to join their Board of Directors

    The Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders is looking for passionate, creative, committed, qualified people to join our Board of Directors for the 2021-2024 term to help guide our organization to meet the needs of the rare disease community. CORD wishes to invite interested candidates to submit their application to join the Board of Directors for 2021-2024 term. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals whose experience and skill set includes a combination of the following:

    • Finance, accounting
    • Grant writing
    • Fundraising and special events
    • Health policy development
    • Public relations, communications
    • Advocacy on a provincial/federal level
    • Nonprofit, governance, management, administration experience

    Application Deadline: June 10, 2021

    Please submit your application to:

    Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders
    151 Bloor St W, Suite 600
    Toronto, ON M5S 1S4
    T: (416) 969-7464
    F: (416) 969-7420
    E: info@raredisorders.caParticipate Now

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Cancer Journey Stories

Second Wind: Thriving After Lung Cancer – Dann Wonser

I have got to be the luckiest guy alive – because I am still alive. It started when I broke my ribs. That “lucky break” led to an X-Ray, which is how the spot on my lungs was discovered. If I had not gotten tested until I had symptoms, it might well have been too late for me. It was already Stage III, and back

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Surviving and Thriving – Suzanne Doré

The journey to my diagnosis with advanced stage bowel cancer was an unusual one. Six months prior to my diagnosis, our world had fallen apart. Our son Sam, who was 13 at the time, was diagnosed with advanced stage nasopharyngeal carcinoma. This type of cancer is very rare in the west for adults, let alone children. It grows in the nasopharynx, a cavity behind your

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