Letter from Chair of the Board of Directors, Robert Lawrie
Cancer most often occurs in older people, and our population is aging and facing that higher risk. While medicine continues to make progress detecting and treating cancer, and producing higher survival rates, the Society needs to prepare to provide more services to more Canadians who are facing the disease.
Today, cancer continues to affect us all – patients, families and friends – and the Society will do more to improve all of our journeys caused by this disease. We are working to streamline our operations and improve communications. We have already combined our administration into a single structure reaching from coast to coast. Our donor dollars will go even further as we eliminate duplications and simplify internal processes. With our committed staff, volunteers and donors, we will continue our progress towards our vision of creating a world where no Canadian will fear cancer.
Since 1938, we have kept patients and their families at the heart of our work, by collaborating with all levels of government to shape public policies to protect Canadians from environmental threats and behavior that can cause cancer. Our staff and volunteers continue to reach into communities across the country to educate people about prevention. And the Society continues to be the largest charitable funder of cancer research, advancing understanding of the disease, and discovering treatments and cures.
Our mission is focused on enhancing the lives of patients and their families in any way we can - from support and information services to funding clinical trials, to advocating for better health policies.
A message from our local chair
I am the Volunteer Chair of the Canadian Cancer in Saskatchewan. I am very proud to be part of an organization that has such a profound impact on the lives of the people of Saskatchewan. It certainly has had an impact on me.
Thirteen years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I didn’t know where to turn for answers about my cancer and treatment. Luckily, I found the Cancer Information Service, an important program of the Canadian Cancer Society. They helped me so much that when I heard of the Peer Support Program, I knew I had to give back as a volunteer. I have been given the opportunity to support others going through a similar cancer experience.
Through the Canadian Cancer Society, I have been able to participate in Relay for Life. Each year, I cannot express the emotion of being part of the sea of yellow t-shirts. I know that each person in a yellow shirt has a cancer story to tell. I would invite you to find out about a “Relay” in your community.
This year, the Canadian Cancer Society celebrates 75 years with you in the fight against cancer. Our organization of committed volunteers continues to make a huge difference in our communities. We are able to help people facing cancer because our volunteers are generous, not just with money, but with their time and talent. Please consider joining the fight. While I have shared my experiences, there are many ways to get involved.
Within this site you will find current, valid information about different cancers; a way that you can make a healthy difference in your life and your community; the latest news about the world-class cancer research community; ways to find support for you or a loved one; and ways to make a donation.
Send me an e-mail and I will put you in touch with the staff or volunteers who can best help you know what the Canadian Cancer Society does in your community.
Chair, Canadian Cancer Society, Saskatchewan Division, Volunteer Board of Directors
Clinical trial discovery improves quality of life
A clinical trial led by the Society’s NCIC Clinical Trials group found that men with prostate cancer who are treated with intermittent courses of hormone therapy live as long as those receiving continuous therapy.