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Our Partners and the System

Improving cancer screening for Indigenous peoples

Alethea Kewayosh
Alethea Kewayosh
Director, Indigenous Cancer Control Unit
Cancer Care Ontario

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.

Biosimilars: New opportunities and challenges for Canadian cancer care

Recently, I provided opening remarks at an event that brought together various stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges presented by the introduction of biosimilar drugs to cancer systems across Canada. The issue is both important and timely, as we expect the first therapeutic biosimilar to be marketed for oncology in this country in 2019.

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.

Birthday greetings include an invitation to start colon cancer screening

For many of us, birthdays mean scrumptious cake, glowing candles, gifts and greeting cards. If you’ve just turned 50, those birthday greetings will also include a letter in the mail from the province’s ColonCancerCheck program inviting you to start colon cancer screening as part of your routine medical care.

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.

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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