Canadian partnership against cancer
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In Brief
January 28, 2016
Get involved: Mark World Cancer Day on February 4
We Can. I Can On February 4 the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer will mark World Cancer Day. On this day, individuals and organizations are asked to explore how they can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Follow @Cancer_Strategy or 'like' the Partnership on Facebook and join the conversation using #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanIcan.

For more additional materials such as logos, tweets and instructions on how you can get involved, please contact communications@partnershipagainstcancer.ca or DM @Cancer_Strategy.

World Cancer Day is coordinated by the Union for International Cancer Control and is supported internationally by the world's major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes, treatment centres and patient groups, including the Partnership. This year's campaign theme is 'We Can. I Can.'
Patient Reported Outcomes empower patients to be active partners in their care
Symptoms of cancer are not just physical. Patient reported outcomes (PROs) allow clinicians to go beyond basic symptom screening and also understand psychosocial and practical concerns of the patient. With a complete picture of the cancer experience in detail, the health care team can develop care plans tailored to each patient. For patients, completing questionnaires that track their symptoms over time allows them to talk to their health care team about a treatment plan that is best to reduce and manage their symptoms.

The Partnership's Person-Centred Perspective team, in collaboration with the Improving Patient Experience and Health Outcomes Collaborative (Ontario and Quebec), Measuring Patient Reported Outcomes to Address Patient Experience in Three Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador), and Prairie Provinces Patient Experience and Outcomes, produced a video series to increase awareness of screening for distress using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System-Revised (ESAS-R). The videos, one for patients and the other for clinicians, highlight the benefits of PROs for each audience.

Find out more about the benefits of PROs for patients and clinicians by watching the videos on our YouTube channel.
Cancer and smoking cessation communities come together to reduce smoking in cancer patients
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is funding provinces and territories across Canada to build or expand programs that help cancer patients quit smoking, which can improve their cancer treatments and recovery.

“It's never too late to quit,” said Dr. Heather Bryant, Vice-President of Cancer Control at the Partnership. “Cancer patients can be highly motivated to give up smoking, especially when they learn that it can improve their chances of survival. But they need support. Linking cancer care with smoking cessation means another source of support and encouragement will be there when they need
it.” Read more…
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