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In Brief
June/July 2013

Caregivers and patients receiving palliative care share their experiences in new The Truth of It videos
Insights valuable for improving care

Sisters. Husbands. Daughters. Fathers. Familiar roles transform when one cares for a family member or close friend living with cancer. The experiences of patients moving to the palliative stage of their cancer journey are uniquely dynamic and difficult. A new selection of videos from the Partnership's patient video series, The Truth of It, aims to support people taking on caregiver roles or those receiving end-of-life care, as well as the health-care providers working with them.

"You have to make some sacrifices in your own life to be able to spend some quality time and not have any regrets with that family member with cancer, but you have to take care of yourself too," says Jeff, who speaks of his experience supporting his sister through a two-year struggle with colorectal cancer. Read more...
Wanted: Made-in-Canada examples of the impact of digital health
Partnership supports Canada Health Infoway's Impact Challenges

Canadians who have benefited from digital health investments are invited to share their personal and professional stories as part of a new initiative that aims to capture the impact that health technology innovations is already having. The initiative also encourages continued innovations that will help to transform health care.

Digital health, or health IT, refers to using technology to improve the quality of patient care. Examples include connecting a care team with an integrated electronic health record, shortening wait times through online access to clinic information or accessing specialists through telehealth. Read more...

Lessons learned from CancerChatCanada surprised experts
Evaluation published in Current Oncology

They set out to create a way for people living in rural areas, or with less common cancers, to learn from each other through scheduled live online chats - typing, not talking - with a professional facilitator as part of the group. That's how CancerChatCanada began.

"We expected that it would not be as good an experience as face-to-face groups," says Dr. Joanne Stephen of the BC Cancer Agency. "We thought it would be better than nothing, but we totally didn't expect that it would be as good an experience as it turned out to be." Read more...

2013 edition of Canadian Cancer Statistics points to an increase in liver cancer

The 2013 edition of Canadian Cancer Statistics, recently released by the Canadian Cancer Society, provides updated estimates of the state of cancer in Canada, with a special focus on liver cancer. Liver cancer is one of the cancers increasing the fastest in Canada, a trend the Partnership documented in its 2012 System Performance Report.

The 2013 statistics publication estimates that 187,600 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Canada this year, more than half of which will be prostate, breast, lung and colorectal cancers. Read Canadian Cancer Statistics 2013.

New report an opportunity to add consistency to the cervical histopathology landscape

A new report provides key recommendations for cervical pathology reporting terminology that will ultimately help provide timely, high-quality care for women with abnormal cervical screening results. Intended to stimulate discussion and inform practice, Reporting Histopathology Specimens from the Cervix and Vagina - Consensus Statements lays the groundwork to close gaps in collecting cervical pathology data across Canadian jurisdictions. The report also helps move the community closer to developing reporting standards and common data elements that are essential for developing quality assurance and evaluation processes. Implementation of these recommendations will reduce the potential for miscommunication between pathologists and clinicians.

The report was developed by the Pan-Canadian Cervical Screening Network of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and endorsed by the Canadian Association of Pathologists in April 2013.

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