Message from the Chair, CCAN Manitoba
As the Chair of the Canadian Cancer Action Network provincial group in Manitoba (or CCAN Manitoba), my role is to work closely with a small group of dedicated volunteers from various areas of the province who strive to ensure that the voice of the cancer patient is best represented in the decision making processes within the provincial and national health care system.
Currently, CCAN Manitoba consists of active members, cancer survivors, caregivers and cancer patients who are motivated and empowered by a determination to move forward improvements to Manitobans cancer system. In November of 2008, and in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Manitoba Division, we were very excited to complete Phase 1 of “Access to Care in Manitoba-The Cancer Patients Perspective..”
In 2009/2010, CCAN Manitoba and the CCS Manitoba Division will once again work in partnership toward introducing/implementing Phase 2 of the project – an effort that will increase our understanding of the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis, identify the disconnect between resources for high need individuals (e.g. those who are self-employed, farmers…) and identify options for resolution of the gaps in order to formulate an action plan to deal with the issues.
These are exciting times for all Manitobans and Canadians who have an interest in seeing how our work is effectively representing the unique patient perspective in many areas of cancer control.
If you believe in improving the lives of cancer patients, their families and caregivers we invite you to play a role by joining CCAN Manitoba – we need you! If you reside outside of the province, we invite you to stay informed by joining our electronic mailing list so that you can be aware of our progress as we continue to work on behalf of all cancer patients.
Pam King, Chair
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MANITOBA?
Five-year Action Plan to Address the Financial Hardship of Cancer in Canada: A Call for Action
In 2010, the Manitoba division of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Action Network joined forces to explore the issue and to find solutions. We conducted a literature review. Then we spoke to people on the front lines – people working in the cancer care system, cancer survivors and those who have provided care to family members. While these interviews were restricted to Manitoba, they echoed the findings of studies from all across Canada. What we found was a definite and growing pattern of financial hardship that we consider alarming. Ironically, some of the latest advances in cancer treatment and survivorship come with new costs, which are now contributing to the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis. Read more →View Manitoba Press Release PDF
Five Year Action Plan Presentation
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Pam King’s Story Video
An exciting project addressing financial hardship incurred by persons with cancer and their families is underway! CCAN Manitoba and project partner, the CCS (Canadian Cancer Society) Manitoba Division recently released the first update – click here to view: January 2010 – Literature Review