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TORONTO, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Every person's cancer experience is unique -
but common themes along the way provide insights that can help to
improve care. This is the idea behind the Canadian
Partnership Against Cancer's new online video series, The
Truth of It. Developed in collaboration with the Health
Design Lab, part of the Li
Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, The
Truth of It features interviews with Canadians diagnosed with cancer
who were asked to share their story so others could learn from their
experience. By providing candid accounts of the personal impact of
cancer, the video series will serve as an educational resource for
health care professionals as well as patients, survivors and others with
a personal connection to cancer.
Reflecting that there is no one common experience in coping with a
cancer diagnosis, the people interviewed for The Truth of It range
in age from 20 to 73 and have been diagnosed with different types of
cancer including breast, colorectal, lung, testicular, and ovarian.
Viewers can choose to watch individual stories or compilations of
multiple interview clips that deal with challenges common to the cancer
journey such as receiving the diagnosis, telling friends and family,
talking to kids, body image, and practical advice. Currently 30 videos
are available, with more to be added over time.
"The Partnership has created this series as part of our work to better
understand and improve people's cancer experience," said Dr. Margaret
Fitch, a psychosocial expert who is Chair of the Partnership's Cancer
Journey Advisory Group and co-lead of the Patient and Family Support
Program at Sunnybrook's Odette Cancer Centre. "By helping health care
professionals to tune into the patient's perspective, The Truth of It will
help to enhance patient care - while also serving as a unique resource
for people with a personal connection to cancer who can benefit from
insight and information from others who have walked the cancer journey."
Jennifer Smith is one of the people who shares her story in the videos.
In 2003 at the age of 38, she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous
leukemia and has since undergone chemotherapy and a bone marrow
transplant. She is married and has two children.
"If this resource were available when I was diagnosed, it would have
helped me navigate the many uncertainties and range of emotions that I
experienced," said Jennifer. "Because hearing from others in similar
situations can be such a helpful way of coping, I'm hoping that other
people can learn from my story."
The Truth of It video series was created in collaboration with
accomplished filmmaker Wendy Rowland and Dr. Michael Evans, Director of
the Health Design Lab of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St.
Michael's Hospital in Toronto.
"Technology is radically changing the way people seek answers to their
health questions, but hearing about someone's actual experience -- their
'story' -- is still the most powerful tool," said Dr. Michael Evans,
family physician and Director of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka
Shing Knowledge Institute. "In marrying technology with stories, The
Truth of It enables people to engage with other Canadians whose
experiences resonate with their own. These firsthand accounts offer a
range of perspectives that make this series useful to both patients and
The Truth of It is part of the growing collection of cancer
control resources, information and services available at Cancer View
Canada, the online portal launched by the Partnership with and for the
cancer control community. For more information and to view the series
please visit www.cancerview.ca/thetruthofit.
About Cancer View Canada
Cancer View Canada is an online
community for healthcare professionals and others interested in
improving cancer. It provides a single access point to the best
available cancer services, resources and information available in Canada
and, through shared tools, enables the cancer community to connect and
collaborate. Cancer View Canada is an initiative of the Canadian
Partnership Against Cancer in collaboration with a network of regional
and national partners and can be found at www.cancerview.ca.
About the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Partnership Against Cancer is an independent organization funded by the
federal government to accelerate action on cancer control for all
Canadians. Bringing together cancer experts, government representatives,
the Canadian Cancer Society and cancer patients, survivors and their
families through the Canadian Cancer Action Network to implement the
first pan-Canadian cancer-control strategy, the vision is to be a
driving force to achieve a focused approach that will help prevent
cancer, enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer, lessen
the likelihood of dying from cancer, and increase the efficiency of
cancer control in Canada. For more information about the Partnership and
Canada's cancer control strategy, visit partnershipagainstcancer.ca. The
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is also the driving force behind
cancerview.ca, an online community linking Canadians to cancer
information, services and resources.
For more information about the
work of the Partnership, visit: www.partnershipagainstcancer.ca.
About the Health Design Lab
The Health Design Lab is part of
the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital in
Toronto. It is bringing together creatives such as film makers, web
producers with clinicians and researchers to redesign patient education.
For more information, visit www.hdlab.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
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Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
416-915-9222 ext. 5790