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Media backgrounder Knowledge to Action Grants

01 October 2013

Toronto -

In addition to Dr Lofters’ grant, the Society awarded 5 other grants:

Dr Denise Bryant-Lukosius, Hamilton, ($98,826) – Many people with cancer experience pain, fatigue, and anxiety, but not all health care providers know how to deal with these symptoms. Dr Bryant-Lukosius will look at how Ontario cancer centres are using best practice guidelines to help patients with these problems, which approaches are working best, what are the barriers, and how to spread these best practices across the country to improve the quality and consistency of managing symptoms and improving the quality of life of cancer patients.

Dr Jennifer Jones, Toronto ($99,919) – An effective treatment for prostate cancer is to restrict the male hormone androgen, but this can affect bone density and lead to osteoporosis and/or fractures later in life.  Although it is known that men on this therapy have almost twice the risk of bone fractures and guidelines exist to manage bone health in men, this knowledge is not currently being applied effectively in clinical practice as many patients and health care providers are largely unaware of the great risks and what to do about them. In Dr Jones’ project, the researchers will test a simple, inexpensive tool they have developed, called BoneRx, which is intended to provide patients and physicians information and direction they need to manage this problem.

Dr Donna Murnaghan, Charlottetown ($99,648) – The ‘SHAPES’ (Shaping Health as Partners in Education) survey in PEI collects detailed information on physical activity levels, obesity and tobacco use in schoolchildren in grades 5-12. Unfortunately, these schools often don’t know how to act on the survey’s results. In this project, Dr Murnaghan and her team will work with schools to make sure they understand what the survey results mean as they relate to health risks and help schools establish new programs to promote healthier environments customized to their students’ needs.

Prof Robert Reid, Ottawa (($100,000) – Most people now know that smoking causes cancer, but fewer may know that people who already have cancer can reduce complications of treatment and improve their quality of life if they quit smoking. The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation has been proven effective in many health care settings. Prof Reid’s research will implement this model for the first time in a cancer care setting, where patients are highly motivated to quit.

Dr Alice Wei, Toronto ($100,000) – Pancreatic cancer, a cancer with one of the poorest prognoses, is usually treated by complex surgery with risk of complications. Complication rates vary depending on where the surgery is performed and different institutions have different processes in place to care for these patients. Dr Wei’s team is testing a ‘roadmap’ for patient care that incorporates recommendations based on the best available evidence, into an easy-to-use bedside tool for health practitioners to help ensure patients receive the highest standard of care and achieve the best post-surgery outcomes.

What the Society is doing

Along with funding research to improve screening rates among under screened communities, the Canadian Cancer Society also supports the following initiatives:

 Screening Saves Lives program, Ontario

Ontario’s Screening Saves Lives program uses a successful peer-to-peer approach to improve the cancer screening rates of communities that are less likely to get screened, including South Asian, First Nations and the LGBTQ communities. The program recruits Health Ambassadors, who possess unique understandings of the social, cultural and other factors affecting their communities. The program trains the ambassadors with screening and health promotion knowledge, which is shared in peer-based health promotion initiatives.

Sirf Dus (Tell 10 women), British Columbia

Running primarily in the Fraser Valley region, Sirf Dus (Tell 10 Women in Punjabi) promotes mammography in the South Asian community through cultural events, celebrations and temple gatherings with the goal of creating an open dialogue about early detection and prevention of cancer. The program uses culturally specific messages to encourage to inspire women who are reluctant to get screened and to encourage 10 women to get screened.

News release: South Asians in Ontario not being adequately screened for cancer -Canadian Cancer Society study recruits doctors to improve screening uptake

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.