The battle against cancer - The 7th National Conference to Defeat Cancer starts today in Montreal

MONTREAL, April 9, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The 7th National Conference to Defeat Cancer, a Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec initiative sponsored by astronaut and former Canadian Space Agency president Steve MacLean, starts today in Montreal.

The theme, "Get involved in your health, invest in your community", is an invitation to all stakeholders involved in the fight against cancer to work together. Patients, survivors, family caregivers, stakeholders and health professionals: all must become key partners of the health and social services system in order to help preserve it. "In these times of great upheaval, let's have the courage to get involved in our health and invest in our community," urges Coalition president Nathalie Rodrigue, T.M.

Some 300 participants across Quebec will be discussing various aspects of living with and surviving cancer, with renowned speakers, even beyond the confinements of Earth. "Just like during a space mission, life and survival are dependent on team work," states Steve MacLean.

Thursday, April 9 

Cancer research: beyond terrestrial limits

For the very first time, the Coalition explores a lesser-known facet of the fight against cancer, the one that is taking place in space where scientific experiments have given rise to major breakthroughs, specifically in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. How do they make their way from the space station to the radiation therapy room?

Cancer and health: multiple aspects

From integrative oncology with Dr. Christian Boukaram to cancer prevention with Richard Béliveau, not to mention young adults who are determined to take on cancer and the efforts to define a new identity for family caregivers, the program of this 7th national conference focuses on current issues. Public figures such as Guy Corneau, Simon-Olivier Fecteau and Nabila Ben Youssef will also be attending to talk about their involvement in the fight against cancer.

Friday, April 10

Award ceremony and honourable mentions for the 4th edition of the Pat Burns Award (family caregivers)

Jason Burns, chairman of the Pat Burns Award, and the jury members, honour family caregivers for the outstanding quality of the support they have given to a person living with cancer.

Community action

The partnership between community action groups and the health and social services network needs to be reinvented. How? A roundtable on this topic will explore various paths.

Guy Corneau talks with Marina Orsini

Marina Orsini, radio host and actress, family caregiver for her mother who unfortunately lost her battle against cancer in 2013, will answer questions submitted by psychoanalyst, author and cancer survivor Guy Corneau. Attendants will also be invited to participate.

Presence of political parties

In response to the Coalition's invitation, representatives from provincial and federal political parties will be attending, including Mrs. Diane Lamarre, official opposition health critic, Parti Québécois, Mr. François Lapointe, federal member of parliament, NDP, author of Bill C-604 proposing the creation of a health commissioner position within the Canadian government, Dr. Amir Khadir,  Quebec Government's M.P. of Mercier, Québec Solidaire and Mr. François Paradis, health spokesperson, Coalition Avenir Québec.

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About the Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec

The 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. The Coalition supports the achievement of the mission of it's community and volunteer members and patients groups. 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

For further information: Sylvie Piché: 514-868-2009, ext. 225, Cell: 514-296-0694; Michel Racette, Cell: 514-576-9327;, Web site:; Facebook: CoalitionPrioriteCancerAuQuebec, Twitter: @CoalitionCancer


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