2017 Webinar Series

The CCSN webinar series is of interest to patients, survivors, family, friends, caregivers, and any member of the community interested in the best possible care and follow-up for cancer patients and survivors.  The impact of volunteering and taking positive action to effect change are important elements in the transition to post-treatment life.

Reframing Distressing Thoughts, Self-Compassion and other Mind-Body Techniques on the Cancer Journey

Date held: January 12, 2017
Presented by: Oncologist Dr. Rob Rutledge

Webinar Information: 

At this webinar, Oncologist Dr. Rob Rutledge outlines the essential mind-body techniques and attitudes which help people recover from a cancer diagnosis. Drawing on the mind-body connection is a powerful way to promote healing both physically and emotionally.

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Healthcare in the Federal Budget and How it may Affect Patients

Date held: March 1, 2017
Presented by: Steve Sampson (Global Public Affairs)

Webinar Information: 

At this webinar, Steve Sampson (Global Public Affairs) discusses how the upcoming federal budget may contain announcements related to the way healthcare is funded in Canada, including changes to the regulation of pharmaceutical prices. Value for taxpayer money should always be the focus for government, but the need for cost-containment needs to be balanced with access to optimal healthcare innovations for patients.

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New Diagnostics Guiding Oncology Treatment Decisions

Date held: March 9, 2017
Presented by: Bill Dempster (3Sixty Public Affairs), Rachael Manion (3Sixty Public Affairs), Dr. Tracy Stockley (University Health Network)

Webinar information:

The Survivor community can learn more about the state of the art in new tests available in cancer centres, which pinpoint specific types of tumours that will respond best to treatments. Join speakers Bill Dempster, Rachael Manion and Dr. Tracy Stockley as they discuss precision medicine and diagnostic services.

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My Journey Through Melanoma and My Hope for the Future

Date held: May 18, 2017
Presented by: Kathleen Barnard, Save Your Skin Foundation

Webinar information:

Kathleen Barnard, President and Founder of the Save Your Skin Foundation, discusses her personal journey with stage 4 malignant melanoma and how her experiences inspired her to start the international patient group.

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Health Canada calls for new tools to control drug prices: what will it mean for patients?

Date held: June 8, 2017
Presented by: Bill Dempster & Gerry Jeffcott from 3Sixty Public Affairs

Webinar information:

This webinar summarizes the various pharmaceutical pricing reforms recently announced by federal health minister Dr. Jane Philpott and examine their potential effects on patient access to new innovations.

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Unpacking the OHIP+ pharmacare plan for kids & youth in Ontario: a live webinar from CORD’s Roadmap to Optimal Access Conference

Date held: June 14, 2017
Presented by: Bill Dempster, 3Sixty Public Affairs and Durhane Wong-Rieger, CORD

Webinar information:

This webinar is a live broadcast from the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD’s) Roadmap to Optimal Access event being held on June 14th, 2017 in Toronto. Listeners participated in a live panel session addressing OHIP+, the recently announced expansion of the Ontario drug program to cover young people who are younger than 25 years-old.

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Learn about CAPCA from its Executive Director, Heather Logan

Date held: July 13, 2017
Presented by: Bill Dempster, 3Sixty Public Affairs and Heather Logan, CAPCA

Webinar information:

CAPCA wants to make sure that patients have access to innovative and effective cancer treatments, and Heather Logan, ED of CAPCA, will explain how CAPCA is going to do this and answer your questions about the process. This webinar will introduce you to CAPCA and its mandate and to the new pan-Canadian Cancer Drug Funding Sustainability Initiative (DFSI). The goal of DFSI is to ensure that patients continue to have access to innovative and effective cancer treatments, and that the cancer system is achieving maximum value for money invested.

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How Changes to the PMPRB Could Affect Patients’ Access to Drugs

Date held: September 28, 2017

Presented by: Bill Dempster, 3Sixty Public Affairs, John-Peter Bradford, CEO, Life Saving Therapies Network (LSTN), Neil Palmer, Founder and Principal Consultant, PDCI Market Access and Wayne Critchley, Senior Associate, Global Public Affairs

Webinar information:

This webinar will introduce you to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB), how they regulate drug pricing in Canada and the proposed changes that will affect cancer patients.

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Cancer Associated Blood Clots

Date held: October 12, 2017

Presented by: Dr. Peter Gross

Webinar information:

In this webinar, Dr. Peter Gross speaks about blood clots and how they can complicate a cancer patient’s quality of life and long-term survival.

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What Is a Biosimilar? The Current Biologics and Biosimilars Landscape in Canada 

Date held: October 19, 2017

Presented by: John Snowden,  Director of Biosimilars at Amgen Canada, Inc.

Webinar information:

Biologic cancer treatments have become incredibly important in oncology, but they can be expensive. Biosimilars are molecules manufactured to replicate the effects of biologics. They give patients and providers a choice and help to drive prices down through competition, but doctors, patients and caregivers need to understand what biosimilars are, what they can do, and the strengths and limits of this new frontier in medicine.

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Clinical Trials 101

Date held: November 2, 2017

Presented by: Dawn Richards, Director of Patient and Public Engagement at Clinical Trials Ontario (Panelists: James Davidson, Eric Pitters and Kathie LaForge)

Webinar information:

This webinar will tell you what you need to know about clinical trials, their history, and help you prepare for a trial. If you’re currently considering participating in a clinical trial, we hope that this webinar helps to answer many of your questions. In the presentation you’ll learn the difference between different types of clinical trial and the design and purpose of clinical trials, and you’ll get an inside look at the approval process.

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Navigating Private Insurance in Canada 

Date held: November 30, 2017

Presented by: Suzanne Lepage

Webinar information:

Canadians are often uncertain about the role and limits of their private insurance coverage. Let’s change that.

For this webinar, we were joined by Suzanne Lepage, private health plan specialist, for a discussion of Canada’s private drug plan marketplace and its overlap with government provided services. She walked us through what to expect in terms of coverage and answer audience questions about private insurance. She broke down the Canadian health care system, helped us understand how insurance and employers interact, and gave us tips for contacting our insurance representatives for more information or to appeal the denial of a claim.

She also gave us a tour of the coming changes to Ontario’s private insurance marketplace with the introduction of OHIP+.

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