We wish to express our deep sadness at the loss of one of Canada's heroes in palliative care. Larry Librach's vision, leadership, and passion in advancing the field of palliative care is a true legacy; one that will live on and continue to benefit many Canadians to come. Please visit the Temmy Latner Center for Palliative Care site for a complete overview of Larry's significant accomplishments.
One of Larry's last contributions was a candid video interview on May 23, 2013 about his own personal experience facing a life-threatening illness. Please take a moment to listen.
Symptoms of cancer are not just physical. Patient reported outcomes (PROs) allow clinicians to go beyond basic symptom screening and also understand psychosocial and practical concerns of the patient. With a complete picture of the cancer journey in detail, the health care team can develop care plans tailored to each patient. For patients, completing questionnaires that track their symptoms over time allows them to talk to their healthcare team about a treatment plan that is best to reduce and manage their symptoms.
The Partnership’s Person-Centred Perspective team, in collaboration with the Improving Patient Experience and Health Outcomes Collaborative (Ontario and Quebec), Measuring Patient Reported Outcomes to Address Patient Experience in Three Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador), and Prairie Provinces Patient Experience and Outcomes, produced a video series to increase awareness of screening for distress using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System-Revised (ESAS-R). The videos, one for patients and the other for clinicians, highlight the benefits of PROs for each audience.
Production of this video has been made possible through a financial contribution by Health Canada, through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.
What is it like to have cancer? What do you tell the kids? What is the hardest part? A diverse group of Canadians diagnosed with cancer were asked to share their story on video so others could learn from their experience.
The views expressed in The Truth of It video series represent the views of the interviewees, and do not represent the views of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.
More than 1 in 3 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The 1 in 3 blog makes the connection between the latest cancer evidence and what it means in practice. Each month, we turn our attention to a key topic in cancer. We pick it up and we look at it from all angles. We talk to the experts, we examine the data and we curate the web to bring you novel knowledge products, unpacking each topic in the process.
The digest is the companion blog to cancerview.ca, and is brought to you by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, an organization created by the federal government with funding from Health Canada to move Canada's cancer strategy into action and help it succeed.
Our goals for 1 in 3 are to:
Synthesize the evidence and connect it to practice. Produce and curate novel knowledge products that you can use and share. Build a hub of accessible cancer expertise and information. Disclaimer:
This digest is a forum for the open exchange of ideas, expertise and knowledge about evidence and cancer. The information presented and views expressed on 1 in 3 do not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.