Canadian partnership against cancer
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In Brief
March 27, 2014
Report shows older Canadians less likely to receive recommended cancer treatments than younger patients
The most comprehensive review of the performance of Canada's cancer control systems reveals that some older Canadians with colon, lung or breast cancer are not receiving guideline-recommended radiation and chemotherapy at the same rate as younger patients with these cancers.

This age-related disparity may be explained by a number of factors. For example, older people are more likely to have other acute and or chronic health problems, which could make the risks of chemotherapy or radiation therapy outweigh the potential benefits. But the new report suggests that these legitimate factors may explain just part of the apparent age-related treatment gap. It may be that too many older patients are in fact not receiving cancer therapies that could improve their health outcomes—including longer survival. Read more...
Addressing priority cancer control gaps with and for First Peoples
First time collaborations to improve the cancer experience for patients in rural, remote and isolated communities
Partners from across First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations, the health sector and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer met on March 6 to launch a new initiative to improve cancer control with and for First Peoples. While cancer affects everyone, rates of common cancers have increased among First Nations, Inuit and Métis in the past few decades and in some populations are now at or above those in the general Canadian population. The new initiative will help reduce the cancer burden for these communities and improve the experience for patients. Read more...
Dr. Evan Adams recognized for contributions to First Nations, Inuit and Métis health in Canada
The Partnership is pleased to congratulate one of our Board members, Dr. Evan Adams, who was recently honoured for his leadership and contributions to First Nations, Inuit and Métis health in Canada with an Indspire Award. The Indspire Awards recognize First Nations, Inuit and Métis professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement, and annually honour one person for their contribution to health care. Formerly called the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the Indspire Awards have celebrated the significant contributions of Indigenous people in Canada for 21 years.

Dr. Adams is the Deputy Provincial Health Officer with responsibility for Indigenous health for the province of British Columbia. He serves on the Partnership's Board of Directors and chairs the National Aboriginal Organizations Caucus that provides guidance and oversight to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Action Plan on Cancer Control. We are fortunate to have an incredible leader like Evan so involved in our work.
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