MONTREAL, April 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - In its opening remarks this morning, the 5th National Conference to Defeat Cancer paid tribute to journalist Benoit Bisson, chairman of Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec's Cancer Patients and Survivors Committee, who passed away last week. Coalition president Nathalie Rodrigue, T.M., stressed Benoit Bisson's exceptional "courage and will to live, as well as his deep commitment to defending the rights of people with cancer."
Under the theme Living with Dignity, the 5th National Conference places the patient at the core of the battle against cancer, and describes the numerous challenges that patients have to face. High-profile speakers, well-known experts and cancer sufferers focus on themes associated with the patient's experience in the health care system. This year, the patron of the National Conference is Sœur Angèle, herself a colon cancer survivor.
As we draw near to the date scheduled for publication of the Oncology Action Plan by the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Coalition raises the following questions:
- What will be the patients' true role in the decision-making process engaged on their behalf?
- Will the true value of the contribution made by community organizations finally be recognized?
- Will the Direction québécoise de cancérologie have the means to act effectively?
- How will those in charge of waging the battle against cancer be held accountable?
- How can we change the culture of the health care community to meet the needs of patients ?
Of special interest on April 11
Round table: Prevention and screening - Do cancer awareness campaigns have an impact on the behaviour of Quebecers? Moderator: Jean Pagé, host and sports commentator, spokesman, ProCure. Panelists: Jean-François Dumas, president, Influences communications, Marie-Claude Lortie, journalist, La Presse, Florence Girod, vice-president, strategic planning, Cossette and Yves Duquette, president and head of creative, Lajeunesse Communication Marketing Inc.
Revealing the diagnosis to a patient, with the team from Hôpital Charles LeMoyne, centre de lutte contre le cancer en Montérégie, featuring oncologist Dr. Benoit Samson, and pivot nurse Anne Plante, and the testimonial of one of their patients.
Partnership for personalized medicine, Dr. Gerald Batist, professor at McGill University's department of Oncology, director, Segal Cancer Centre, Jewish General Hospital, and codirector, Quebec - Clinical Research Organization in Cancer.
Leading-edge cancer technologies: new avenues, recent technological advances in radio-oncology, with Dr. Phuc Félix Nguyen, radio-oncologist, department of radio-oncology, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal and new laser technology for improved targeting of cells, with Dr. Daniel Houde, professor, Sherbrooke University, Faculty of Nuclear Medicine, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Sherbrooke.
Culinary event: pots and pans approach to battling cancer: Sœur Angèle will prepare an appetizer that participants will get to enjoy during lunch, the ingredients of which are borrowed from the book "Les aliments pour lutter contre le cancer". On hand to assist will be the book's author, Richard Béliveau.
Highlights of the Oncology Action Plan, Dr. Jean Latreille, head of the Direction québécoise de cancérologie (DQC).
The Pat Burns Award, 2nd edition - awards presentation ceremony, Jason Burns, president, Ale Dee, spokesman for the Pat Burns Award, jury members and finalists.
Of special interest on April 12
For the very first time, the Celebrity Breakfast, an opportunity for participants to meet celebrities involved in the battle against cancer, and to discuss their experiences with them. On hand will be: Sœur Angèle, Jean Pagé, Winston McQuade, Richard Petit, Jason Burns, Anne-Lagacée Dawson, Ale Dee, Édith Butler and many others.
A word from the minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Réjean Hébert
The battle against cancer: England and Germany, models of performance, Dr. André Robidoux, professor, department of surgery, Scotia Chair for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, University of Montreal.
Cancer's economic reality, Pierre Boucher, senior economist, PBA, économistes conseils.
Care and services, personalizing care and services against a background of diversity: spiritual care services, Soumya Tamouro, director, health programs, Alliance des communautés culturelles pour l'égalité dans les soins et services sociaux. Mrs. Tamouro will also be a speaker at the Coalition's next symposium,
Cancer and cultures: A different approach, http://coalitioncancer.com/documents/divers/forum_ACCESSS.pdf)
A meeting with… Popular host Winston McQuade interviews speaker, host, actress, author and cancer survivor Janette Bertrand.
The Coalition invites you to keep up with the trend
Throughout the Conference, social media strategist David Lobjoie, will maintain a continuous link with Web surfers on Twitter, in addition to broadcasting their live reactions to the speakers' opinions. You can join in by clicking on the links @CoalitionCancer and https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionPrioriteCancerAuQuebec .
To view the program and conferences of the 5th National Conference, simply visit the following Website: http://www.coalitioncancer.com/programme .
About the Coalition
Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec was founded in 2001 to protect, support and give a 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.
Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS), Alliance of the Cultural Communities for Equality in Health and Social Services (ACCESSS), Association des laryngectomisés de Montréal Inc, Association des radio-oncologues du Québec (AROQ), Association des retraitées et retraités de l'éducation et des autres services publics du Québec (AREQ), Association du cancer de l'Est du Québec, Association québécoise des registraires en oncologie (AQRO), Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN), Care-Ring Voice Network, Centre d'action bénévole de Bellechasse — Lévis — Lotbinière (Espoir Cancer), Chaire de recherche en Environnement — Cancer Guzzo de l'Université de Montréal, Chaire de recherche et de traitement du cancer de l'UQAM, Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC), Conseil pour la protection des malades (CPM), Fédération des comités des usagers et de résidents du Québec (FCURQ), Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), Fondation Rêvez la vie, Foundation of Stars, Hope and Cope, HPV Awareness Corporation, Institut de l'anémie — Recherche et éducation (IARE), Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, Lymphedema Association of Quebec (LAQ), Lymphoma Foundation Canada, Mains de l'Espoir de Charlevoix, Myeloma Canada, Nova Montréal, Ordre des technologues en imagerie médicale en radio-oncologie et en électrophysiologie médicale du Québec (OTIMROEPMQ), Ordre professionnel des technologistes médicaux du Québec (OPTMQ), Organisation québécoise pour les personnes atteintes de cancer (OQPAC), Organisme gaspésien des personnes atteintes de cancer (OGPAC), Ovaire espoir Québec, Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC), Palliative Home-care Society of Greater Montreal, PROCURE-The Force Against Prostate Cancer, Professionnals Networking for Caregivers, Quebec Clinical Research Organization in Cancer (Q-CROC), Quebec Lung Association (QLA), Regroupement provincial des comités des usagers (RPCU), Réseau des femmes en environnement, Réseau FADOQ, Save Your Skin Foundation, Sercan, The CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia) Society of Canada
SOURCE: Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec
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