MONTREAL, March 31, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - In the wake of the election campaign, Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec announces that the four main political parties will be on hand to meet with cancer sufferers during the 6th National Conference to Defeat Cancer, scheduled to take place on April 3 and 4, 2014, at the Montreal Hyatt Regency Hotel.
On Thursday, April 3, the Coalition will welcome political party representatives, one after the other, based on the following schedule:
- Dr. Amir Khadir, MNA, Mercier, Québec solidaire (9:30 a.m.)
- Dr. Gaétan Barrette, candidate, La Pinière, Quebec Liberal Party (11:00 a.m.)
- Mrs. Gyslaine Desrosiers, candidate, Blainville, Parti Québécois (2:15 p.m.)
- Mr. Robert Milot, candidate, Bertrand, Coalition Avenir Québec (3:00 p.m.)
Each public intervention will be followed by a media scrum, involving Coalition representatives.
"We wish to know what our elected leaders plan to do to improve accessibility to healthcare and services, to further involve patients in the decision-making process, to help cancer sufferers deal with the financial burden of their illness, and to improve funding of the community efforts at the very core of the battle against cancer," explains Coalition president Nathalie Rodrigue, T.M.
This year, the theme of the 6th National Conference to Defeat Cancer is "Cancer: a chronic disease like any other?" Thanks to research advancement, the development of targeted therapies and the development of professional and institutional practices, cancer survival rates continue to improve, to the point where cancer is now viewed as a chronic illness. "Our challenge is to make sure that these people receive help and benefit from conditions that will allow them to live day to day with their illness, while enjoying the best quality of life possible," adds Nathalie Rodrigue.
About the Coalition
Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec was founded in 2001 to protect, support and give a strong voice to people affected by cancer (patients, survivors, informal caregivers, their families and their loved ones, as well as cancer-related community organizations and health professionals) and to help organize the fight against cancer. Because of the contribution of these organizations and members, the Coalition's membership represents close to 1.5 million people.
SOURCE: Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec
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