Monthly updates from The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Partenariat Canadien Contre Le Cancer
JULY 2018


A big part of what we do at the Partnership is to bring together people and resources to tackle the complex challenges that stem from a federated health system where care is delivered across 13 provincial and territorial health systems.

We work alongside our partners in cancer agencies, governments, and Indigenous organizations to help jurisdictions customize approaches to fit the local context.

To that end, we recently announced key advancements to our work with partners – all with the aim of improving the experience of having cancer in Canada.

To learn more about how we’re furthering health system goals, read our latest announcements below – and stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks.

 Preventing disease before it begins 

The BETTER Program led by Dr. Eva Grunfeld will be expanded to improve chronic disease prevention and screening in primary care settings. The next phase of the program will be hosted by The University of Alberta and include the opening of the “BETTER Training Institute” consisting of two branches, one in Eastern Canada and one in Western Canada. READ MORE 
 Improving access to palliative care in the home

We’ve partnered with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) to support palliative care training for paramedics. This approach will allow patients to receive after-hours, in-home pain and symptom management, while diverting palliative patients away from overburdened hospitals, when appropriate. READ MORE 

Adancing person-centred health care 

Cancer agencies and their partners will expand training for health care providers on how to deliver palliative care for cancer patients early in the disease process. The use of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) will also be expanded, building on earlier work that identified a common set of PRO measures to be collected in all provinces and territories. READ MORE
More equitable care for Indigenous peoples

Many Indigenous people in Canada have not benefited equally from the medical advances in cancer prevention and care, and as a result, have worse outcomes compared to the general population. New funding will advance the self-determined cancer care priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada, with the goal of reducing disparities in cancer care and outcomes among Indigenous peoples.
Increasing patient access to clinical trials

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and the Partnership renewed their commitment to the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network (3CTN). Supporting 3CTN will ensure Canada remains a world leader in academic cancer clinical trials and improve patient access to promising new treatments. READ MORE