ASAP workshop exemplifies collaboration
TORONTO, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Fresh from the inaugural working meeting
of ASAP (A Survivorship Action Partnership), a Movember-funded program, the
network participants are inspired and ready to develop programs that
will support prostate cancer survivors. The group, the first of its
kind on the Canadian cancer landscape, consists of health care
representatives who interact regularly with prostate cancer survivors
and their friends, families and caregivers.
The network, led by PCC and funded by Movember, met on Feb. 26 and 27 in
Vancouver to share ideas, experience and focus on the business of
providing the right support, at the right time, in the right place, by
the right individual. It's about what happens after a patient hears
those words: You have prostate cancer - and offering support and
education programs that will help everyone touched by the diagnosis and
the decisions, actions and outcomes that follow.
Delegates representing 19 clinical, community and academic institutions
from across the country participated in the workshop. Survivors and
non-medical members of the public also fully participated, providing
insight and advice into the programs offered.
"The hard-earned funds of Canadian Mo Bros and Mo Sistas are what make
this program possible," says Pete Bombaci National Director, Movember Canada. "For the first time ever, experts from across Canada are working
together with prostate cancer survivors and caregivers to develop
solutions that will improve the quality of life for those affected by
"The important thing is that we are helping survivors and their circle
of care live their best possible lives," says Maureen Rowlands, Director of Support Services at Prostate Cancer Canada. "That could mean offering programs to help patients effectively
navigate through the healthcare system, tools to help make the best
possible individualized treatment decisions, or patient and caregiver
education modules presented via a variety of channels, from apps to
Information on ASAP's progress will continue to flow through Prostate
Cancer Canada's website and social media channels. Prostate Cancer
Canada would like to recognize the Movember Foundation as the sole
funder of this initiative.
About Prostate Cancer Canada
Prostate Cancer Canada raises funds for the development of programs
related to awareness and public education, advocacy, support of those
affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and
cure of prostate cancer. For more information visit prostatecancer.ca or check our Twitter account at @ProstateCancerC or Facebook at Prostate Cancer Canada.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of
moustaches on thousands of men's faces, in Canada and around the world.
With their Mo's, these Mo Bros and supporting Mo Sistas raise vital
funds and awareness for men's health issues. Since its inception as a
charity event in 2004, over 2 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have raised
over $300 M for its causes with official Movember campaigns taking
place in 21 countries. For more information please visit movember.com - @movemberCA - facebook.com/movembercanada.
SOURCE: Prostate Cancer Canada
For further information:
Rebecca von Goetz
Prostate Cancer Canada
416-441-2131 ext. 258