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Bringing care closer to home

Anyone who has lived with a diagnosis of cancer or has supported a loved one through treatment knows the toll that the illness can carry. Travelling to and from medical appointments can add a tremendous burden.

Over the course of a 34-year career at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Donna Van Allen has seen and been part of a transformation in the cancer system that focuses on ensuring patients receive care closer to home.

The power of a supportive network

The first time Lauri P. met with her fellow patient and family advisors at Cancer Care Ontario, she was unprepared for the emotions stirred up by the encounter. Sitting in her car after the meeting, she suddenly started to cry.

“The tears came out of left field. Meeting other survivors face to face was overwhelming,” she says. Far from being sad, Lauri says it was comforting to connect with people who had faced the same fears and frustrations she had.

6 lesser-known ways to reduce cancer risk

Many people think cancer isn’t in their power to control. They’re convinced it’s all a matter of “bad genes” — or just plain bad luck.

While it’s true you can’t change some risk factors like your age or family history, research has shown there are many things you can do to lower your cancer risk.

Quitting smoking, being physically active and eating a healthy diet, for example, have all been associated with reducing the risk of developing various types of cancer.

Towards healthier workplaces: The importance of researching occupational cancer

We spend an average of one-third of our waking hours at work, so it's important that our workplaces are safe and free from hazards.

But for many Ontarians, that isn’t always the case.

Occupational health and safety efforts often focus on preventing industrial accidents and other traumatic incidents. These are important efforts, but other exposures in the workplace can also lead to serious long-term health concerns.

Ieva and Malcolm: In sickness and in health

When a couple can count their wedding anniversaries in decades, they usually have their relationship pretty well worked out. But as Malcolm and Ieva F. discovered, cancer can dramatically alter a couple’s roles as husband and wife, even after 40-plus years of marriage.

Human Touch Awards celebrate excellence in cancer care

Passionate. Committed. Patient-focused.

These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe this year’s Human Touch Award recipients in the cancer care system.

Each year, these awards recognize the essential role played by healthcare professionals and volunteers. And as with previous years, the 2018 recipients embody what it means to go the extra mile in providing exceptional care.

How Andrea Crespo's pharmacy expertise helps to transform the health system

What do you do when you're interested in medicine but can’t handle blood and guts? For Andrea Crespo, the answer was to become a pharmacist.

Crespo's pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto has given her the opportunity to improve the lives of patients, both directly and through health system improvements.

Making person-centred care a reality across Ontario

Patients are at the heart of what we do at CCO. This focus on person-centred care helps drive every decision we make.

It can be seen in system-level programs and guidelines that enable treatment and care for patients, people living with chronic disease, and their families.

But it truly comes to life in the work of our partners at regional cancer centres and programs.

Welcome to the new CCO websites

Our websites have been completely redesigned to be mobile-friendly, accessible to everyone and to make it as easy as possible for you to quickly find what you need.

They aim to give you an improved experience, but still have everything you have come to expect from us, as well as a new and expanded focus on all of our operations.

cancercareontario.ca

This site has a cancer focus, with information such as guidelines, drug formulary and information about our cancer programs. You'll find:

Human Touch Awards recipients go the extra mile in cancer care

A young patient of Dr. Michael Lock received some terrible news.

Already on the liver transplant list for a non-cancerous ailment, the patient had been diagnosed with a malignant tumour in her liver. That made her ineligible for a transplant and she was classified as terminally ill.

But that didn't stop Dr. Lock, a radiation oncologist with the London Regional Cancer Program. He treated her cancer using focused radiation in a program that he had himself developed.

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