Cancer: Piecing the Puzzle Together

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Shaw Centre Rideau Canal Atrium (2nd Floor)
Free Community Event

This year in conjunction with the Canadian Cancer Research Conference the CCRA will be hosting a community event, Cancer: Piecing the Puzzle Together on the afternoon of Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Current and past individuals affected by cancer and their family and friends, donors to cancer charities, patient advocates, volunteers and members of the community will be invited to join the CCRA for a family-friendly afternoon to learn about cancer, cancer research, the impact of cancer research happening in Canada, the successes of cancer research investments thus far and learn about the future of cancer research.

Community Hub

Check out booths and displays from over 20 local organizations including: Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, The Ottawa Hospital, Let’s Talk Science and walk through Colorectal Cancer Canada’s inflatable Giant Colon!

Keynote Presentation

Presented by Dr. John Bell with Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld.

Breakout Sessions (English and French)

Life with Cancer

With an estimated 1 in 2 people diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime and survival rates ever increasing, more and more Canadians are living with cancer and its long-term effects. In addition to fear of death and recurrence, cancer patients and their families are dealing with issues like ongoing physical impairments (like chronic fatigue and pain) and mental health problems (like anxiety, depression, and PTSD). Cancer is truly a lifelong illness. But thankfully, Cancer Coaching is changing our experience with cancer, helping us become more active in our care, achieve our health and wellness goals and improve our quality of life. Cancer Coaching is helping cancer patients and their families live with cancer.

Cancer Research 101

Did you know that cancer research is more than working in a lab with test tubes and microscopes? Cancer research is multidisciplinary including many types and areas of research. In this session, you will learn about the different types of research, why we do them and how they help to improve the experiences of people impacted by cancer.

Intro to Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a research study that tests new ways or interventions to prevent, detect, or treat disease or symptoms. Interventions might be new drugs or combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. Clinical trials can also test other aspects of care – for example, ways to improve the quality of life after cancer treatment has been completed.

Patient Advocacy

The voice of the patient plays an important role in identifying priorities for cancer research. Patient advocates can play many roles from helping to design research studies, reviewing research proposals, helping to disseminate the findings of research studies and advocating for change based on evidence. There are different ways of becoming involved in patient advocacy either through formal organizations or working individually within your local cancer program or withing your community. Learning from experienced patient advocates this session will provide tips and ideas about how you can become involved as a patient advocate.

Cancer Research Investments

Cancer research in Canada is funded by federal and provincial government organizations/agencies, academic institutions, charities, professional associations, hospitals and institution-based foundations, and industry. The CCRA publishes an annual cancer research investment report which describes cancer research investment in Canada analyzing trends in Canadian cancer research investment over time. As well as analyses of funding by different funding organizations, funding across Canada and funding by research type and cancer site. Understanding how cancer research is funding helps us to identify gaps and potential opportunities in cancer research.

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