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Clinical Trials Ontario Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

November 23, 2022

The need for accurate data in treating cancer is essential and its impact is felt across healthcare in general. Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) has been...

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Cancer Screening Bill Introduced in Nova Scotia Legislature

November 8, 2022

In last month’s newsletter, the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network outlined its work with our Cancer Can’t Wait Virtual Action Weeks with...

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In-person All Party Cancer Caucus meetings resume in Ontario

November 2, 2022

Parliamentary Assistants to Minister of Health, Health Minister Staff, Opposition Health Critics and MPPs in Attendance The Canadian Cancer Survivor...

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Start breast cancer screening at 40, add supplemental screening, says Dense Breast Canada Doctor

November 1, 2022

The guidelines on breast cancer screening need to be changed.  Dr. Paula Gordon with Dense Breasts Canada recently chatted with us about breast...

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How Breast Density Makes Cancer Harder to Find

November 1, 2022

Mammograms are considered the gold standard in finding breast cancer in women, but one of the leading experts in the disease says the very structure...

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If You Want to Get Screened for Lung Cancer in Ontario, Be Prepared to Travel

October 28, 2022

You are displaying the signs of lung cancer. You have the chest pains, the coughing up of blood and the fatigue associated with the disease, but you...

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Cancer Can’t Wait: CCSN Virtual Advocacy Weeks Continue

October 5, 2022

As cancer care continues to be disrupted by COVID-19, CCSN is continuing its Virtual Advocacy Weeks, meeting with politicians and other decision...

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Upcoming Events

  • Nov29
    Lung Cancer Canada 2022 Stakeholder Briefing

    This event is put on by Lung Cancer Canada and will start at 3 PM EST. The Stakeholder Breifing will launch their 2022 Faces of Lung Cancer Report. The event will feature discussions on various highlights from the report and the key lessons patients have learned through their lung cancer journey. Hosted by Dr. Rosalyn Juergens.

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  • Nov30
    West Island Cancer Centre’s December Workshops

    West Island Cancer Centre is offering a string of workshops and group classes. Click the link to learn more.

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  • Nov30
    Advocating for yourself or your loved one

    This event is put on by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada at 1 PM EST. If you are affected by a blood cancer, you want your voice to be heard and your health care needs to be met. Join Ryan Clarke, Senior Vice-President, Advocacy & PR at CRG-Eversana Canada Inc, who will speak about the importance of self-advocacy and will share tips on

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  • Nov30
    Living with COVID, The New Normal

    Infectious disease specialist and medical microbiologist Dr. Marty Teschler will join the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre on November 23rd on Zoom. In this interview-type dialogue, we will discuss what we should know to learn to live with COVID.

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  • Dec06
    Lung Cancer Awareness Month Virtual Patient Summit

    This event is put on by Lung Cancer Canada at 5 PM EST. This event will feature educational sessions, inspirational speakers, and an opportunity to connect with others who share a lung cancer diagnosis. You will be able to hear from medial experts and researchers, and connect with others a build community support.

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  • Colorectal Cancer Patient Values Survey

    Colorectal Cancer Canada  is conducting a survey with colorectal cancer patients and care givers from across Canada (more…)Participate Now

  • CancerCare Manitoba Interview Call Out

    Were you diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 to 39 years and are now +18 years living in Canada and identify as any of the following: Person of  Color, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIA+.  CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and Young Adult Cancer Canada wants to learn about your experiences in the health care system to improve  cancer care delivery. (more…)

  • University Of Liverpool Research Participants Call Out

    The University Of Liverpool is seeking participants for research into how young women of color experience hair loss as a result of chemotherapy for breast cancer. Are you a woman of color between the ages of 21 and 45 who experienced hair loss as a result of chemotherapy for breast cancer (more…)

  • Assessing Patient Awareness and Satisfaction about the Information Received by Health-Care Providers on the Potential Risks of Cancer-Associated Venous Thromboembolism and Anticoagulation

    A Global Initiative for World Thrombosis Day 2022. This survey has been created to evaluate patient knowledge and satisfaction with the information given to them regarding the potential risks of cancer- associated venous thromboembolism and anticoagulation.THROMBOSISParticipate Now

  • GI Society’s Gaps in Healthcare Survey

    MedAccessBC and the GI Society collaborated on a short survey to better understand Canadians' experiences with access to a doctor and prescription medications in various healthcare settings. This survey takes approximately 5-8 minutes to complete and it is open to adults in Canada who take prescription medication.Participate Now

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Cancer Journey Stories

Surviving Metastatic Prostate Cancer – Derek Lawrence

I first learned that I had prostate cancer from my urologist in 1995, and he told me that I actually had a very aggressive cancer. I had been to my family doctor in 1992 and 1993 for my annual checkup, which was fine; no mention was ever made to me about having a PSA blood test, but I was given a digital rectal exam. Somehow

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Out-Of-Country Cancer Treatment – Thomas Vicars

Thomas Vicars was 60-years-old when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which had been monitored throughout his 50s, had been rising for several years. After it went up to a little over 16, a biopsy confirmed prostate cancer. Thomas began looking into treatment options and wanted to go with brachytherapy, but was turned down due to his diabetes. This left surgery

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