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

Visit booths and displays from more than 20 national and local cancer and health organizations to learn about patient services and supports as well as Canada’s national cancer strategy. Take a tour of Colorectal Cancer Canada’s inflatable Giant Colon and spend some time speaking with some of our exhibitors and supporters.

Keynote Presentation

Why do we get cancer? Why is it so hard to beat? What are the most exciting new developments in research and treatment? Dr. John Bell, a leading cancer researcher at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, will answer these questions and more in his keynote presentation. Dr. Bell will be joined by Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, breast cancer survivor and anchor of CBC News Ottawa at 6, who will share her personal experience with the cancer system and patient supports. Dr. Bell will highlight some of the most promising areas of cancer research, including personalized medicine, immunotherapy and CAR-T therapy, and show how Canadian researchers are making a difference. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a leading cancer researcher and learn more about new developments in research and treatment.

Dr. John Bell 

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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