Cancer Still Waiting: Read the Media Release and CCSN’s Open Letter to the Canadian Government

55% of Canadian cancer patients, caregivers and those awaiting confirmation of a cancer diagnosis have had appointments, tests, and treatment postponed or cancelled. Half of all Canadians will become cancer patients. We need a plan for their care during the next national crisis because Cancer Can’t Wait. Read our open letter in The Globe and Mail and Le Devoir this World Cancer Day. Read the

Virtual Care Can Complement, but not Replace In-Person Care

Virtual appointments with your doctor including video calls, phone calls, text messages and emails have been the new norm ever since the start of Covid-19. However, this method of contact has a major impact on a patient’s ability to effectively communicate their symptoms and concerns. According to our Leger survey on the Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Cancer Patients and their Ability to Receive Treatment

CCSN’s White Paper on Medicine Companion Diagnostics in Canada

What Good is Targeted Cancer Treatment without the Test? The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) commissioned a review of precision medicine companion diagnostic testing in Canada through a literature review and a series of stakeholder interviews to determine if there were any challenges or barriers that would ultimately impact patient access to companion diagnostics and then issue a series of recommendations to help inform thoughtful

Proposed Changes to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

Medical assistance in dying (MAID) became legal in Canada in June 2016. Canada’s Criminal Code now exempts doctors and nurse practitioners who provide, or help to provide, medical assistance in dying. The government recently proposed changes to MAID in response to feedback from Canadians.

CCSN meets with the Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Rana Shamoon, Director of Health Policy in the Office of the Premier

CCSN President & CEO Jackie Manthorne and CCSN Public Policy Coordinator Alex Wyatt recently had two very productive meetings in Toronto with the Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Rana Shamoon, Director of Health Policy in the Office of the Premier. CCSN’s fruitful and engaging discussion with Minister Elliott covered several topics, including how to improve patient access and financial coverage