Last week in Toronto our Federal Government announced the renewal of CPAC (Canadian Partnership Against Cancer). While it is hard to believe that CPAC might not have been renewed after its initial five year mandate, the renewal is good news indeed.
Kidney Cancer Canada is a strong and active member of CCAN (Canadian Cancer Action Network), the council of patient organizations that provides patient input into CPAC.
We will now look to strengthen CCAN’s position on the need for a national catastrophic drug program, something the current Federal government has been reluctant to discuss. On behalf of all cancer patients who will face catastrophic drug costs, we need to make sure that the Federal government plays a role in ensuring fairness for all Canadians, regardless of province or postal code.
Case in point: what happens if you live in Atlantic Canada and need second-line treatment for your kidney cancer? (Only the provinces of BC, AB, SK, and ON are currently funding anything beyond the first line.)
Canada urgently needs a national strategy that will ensure Canadians will not face bankruptcy as an unwelcome side effect of cancer treatment.
Please see below the official CCAN Press Release regarding the renewal of CPAC.
Renewed cancer control strategy good news for patients,
survivors and their families
March 11, 2011 – The Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN), the patient-centered organization uniting national cancer groups from across Canada to ensure a strong unified voice on patient issues, welcomes the recent news of renewed support for our national cancer strategy as announced by the federal government on March 10, 2011.
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer was created in 2007 with a five-year mandate to implement a national cancer control strategy that was developed in cooperation with more than 700 cancer leaders and survivors from across the country. With the federal government’s announcement of a second mandate for the Partnership, efforts on the national cancer control strategy will continue for an additional five years.
“CCAN is delighted the … [sic] Government is renewing its funding commitment to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer,” said Liz Whamond, Chair of the Canadian Cancer Action Network. “The Partnership’s work since 2007 is resulting in significant advancement on important priorities facing patients, families and survivors. The renewed mandate will ensure that all Canadians affected by cancer can take comfort that the best minds in the country, along with informed voices of patients, maintain their focus on accelerating action to control this disease.”
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Canadian Cancer Action Network