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July 2015

Excellent Healthcare for Canada Report of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation

June 2015

A powerful pathway to health data from 300,000 Canadians that will accelerate cancer and chronic disease research in Canada and beyond.

Changes in Pediatric Cancer Treatments Yield Reduced Late Mortality

May 2015

Special Topic: Predictions of the Future Burden of Cancer in Canada

Access to New Medicines in Public Drug Plans: Canada and Comparable Countries

April 2015

Strong Leadership: A Balanced Budget, Low-Tax Plan for Jobs, Growth and Security

Canadian study suggests vaccination would save money by preventing oropharyngeal cancer.

The Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada has released its Report Card on Cancer in Canada #ReportonCancer

March 2015

Cancer treatment long wait a 'death sentence,' says B.C. patient Scott Dobbie

Report offers ways to improve Newfoundland lab that botched breast cancer tests

February 2015

A System Performance Spotlight Report from CPAC

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

McGill study helps identify those most at risk for oral human papillomavirus (HPV)

Cancer Knowledge Network Childhood Cancer Awareness and Advocacy

Although Canada’s health-care system covers the cost of hospital care, many patients have to foot the bill for prescription drugs themselves.

October 2014

Report urges Health Canada to follow other countries and put cigarettes in no-logo wrappers

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

Report from the Canadian Medical Association

May 2014

Legislation prohibits youth under 18 from accessing tanning beds in Ontario.

April 2014

Legislation will provide job security for family caregivers who take time to care for loved ones with a serious medical condition.

Canadians spending more out of pocket on health care - Report from Statistics Canada

Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2014 - Report from CIHI

March 2014

Report from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

February 2014

Program Performance Results Report Jan 2009-Dec 2011

January 2014

Report shows Canadians have different health care experiences

Cancer Statistics Report: Deaths Down 20% in 2 Decades

December 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an appeal by foreign tobacco companies seeking to be removed as defendants in Ontario’s $50 billion medicare cost recovery lawsuit against the tobacco industry.

Global cancer burden rises to 14.1 million new cases in 2012

New Brunswick Drug Plan was introduced today in the legislative assembly.

November 2013

Updated guidelines for cervical cancer screening from Cancer Care Nova Scotia

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

Investigation into diluted chemotherapy - Dr. Jake Thiessen's report and Ontario's response.

July 2013

Communique on healthcare savings through collaboration

June 2013

Canadians Have Access to Fewer New Medicines Than in Most OECD Countries

US Supreme Court rules that human genes cannot be patented but synthetically created genes can.

May 2013

PEI announces new Catastrophic Drug Program

April 2013

More than 25,000 people died in hospital from cancer in 2011–2012, representing 45% of all estimated cancer deaths that year.

March 2013

How good is your drug insurance? Comparing federal, provincial and private sector plans, 2004-2011

February 2013

Report from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

January 2013

Research based on Pap screening combined with DNA technology

HPV testing for high-risk strains of virus causing cervical cancer emerges as issue

December 2012

November 2012

August 2012

Editorial from the Canadian Medial Association Journal

Cancer Care Ontario announced updated cervical cancer screening guidelines which outline the right age for women to screen and the time interval between tests.

July 2012

Canadians wait almost twice as long as Americans for new, life-saving cancer drugs

The Council of the Federation - all the Premiers - released the first report of their Health Innvoation Working Group

2012 - healthy employees, health businesses

June 2012



Ont. 'turning their back on the patients'

Shedding Light on Canadians' Total Wait for Care

Report Card on Wait Times in Canada Shows Longer Waits for Patients

Marc Généreux is national chair, effective June 17, 2012

Offering Compassionate Care Outside of a Hospital Setting

May 2012

Tobacco industry interference is the theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, which takes place on 31 May 2012.

Shelly Jamieson welcomed as CEO to lead the organization through its second mandate

Patterns and Trends 2012 Edition

Media release from the Canadian Cancer Society of the 2012 Canadian Cancer Statistics

Canadian Cancer Society releases the 2012 Canadian Cancer Statistics

CPAC releases five-year plan for the next phase of Canada’s national cancer strategy

April 2012

Second-hand smoke, also known as environmental tobacco smoke or passive smoke, can increase the risk of cancer among non-smokers.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research today announced new funds to further enhance imaging research in Ontario and to develop improved imaging tools for more personalized diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients worldwide.

Coverage Will Eliminate Financial Burdens For Patients, Families

Researchers announced on Wednesday a discovery that could open the door to personalized, targeted therapies for breast cancer. A team of researchers in Canada collaborated over nearly five years with scientists in Britain to determine the genetic underpinnings of breast-cancer tumours.

The Federal Tobacco Control Strategy's budget will be cut by $15 million. This is a cut of more than a third (35%) of the Strategy’s yearly budget of $43 million.

What are the home care priorities for seniors in Canada?

The Canadian life and health insurance industry today announced an agreement to collectively protect fully insured private drug plans from the full financial impact of high cost drugs.

March 2012

Dr. Max Coppes announced as the next President of the BC Cancer Agency.

Time for Transformative Change A Review of the 2004 Health Accord

Most radiation therapy provided within benchmarks

February 2012

Report finds substantial variation in, and opportunity for, uptake of new technology for clinical care of cancer.

January 2012

December 2011

Bulletin shows sicker Canadians experience more barriers to access health care

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

In response to the Globe article of April 14, 2011

Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada Sneak Peek presentation of the Report Card on Cancer in Canada

The Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS) was developed to provide Health Canada and its partners with timely, reliable, and continual data on tobacco use and related issues. The survey's primary objective is to track changes in smoking status and amount smoked, especially for 15-24-year-olds, who are most at risk for taking up smoking.

March 2011

December 2010

Wait Times for Health Care in Canada

November 2010

Annual report of the Canadian Cancer Action Network

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer report

October 2010

New research shows lack of awareness and cost negatively impacts vaccination rates.

National Staging Initiative to collect standardized data about cancer stage across Canada; first-of-its-kind collaboration has long-term potential to improve care and save lives

A survey of Canadian medical oncologists reveals that many Canadians living with metastatic cancer, including breast cancer, lack both knowledge and resources, and face barriers to accessing treatment options due to cost and gaps in government funding.

A Public Dialogue on Cancer: Let’s Get Personal

September 2010

Dr. James Gowing - Letter to the Editor, St. John's Telegram

August 2010

Do Canadians have access to world-class cancer treatments? Only if you live in the right province.

Smoking ban goes into effect on September 1, 2010

Continental Divide? The Attitudes of US and Canadian Oncologists on the Costs, Cost-Effectiveness, and Health Policies Associated With New Cancer Drugs

Canada ranks near the bottom in usage of newer cancer drugs

Le Canada fait piètre figure en matière d'utilisation des derniers médicaments contre le cancer

July 2010

An Ipsos MORI report for the Global Lung Cancer Coalition

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

Growth in drug spending reaches lowest rate in a decade. Total drug spending in Canada is estimated to have reached $30.0 billion in 2009, about $1.5 billion more than in 2008, according to a new report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

March 2010

February 2010

January 2010

December 2009

November 2009

October 2009

New Pilot Project: Subsequent Entry Biologics — Effective Immediately

September 2009

August 2009

July 2009

June 2009

April 2009

February 2009

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer marks World Cancer Day by reporting on progress

January 2009

December 2008

Report on public drug plans released by the Canadian Health Coalition.

November 2008

October 2008

September 2008

Health Care - Platforms to be updated as they are released

Study from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy

August 2008

Second report from the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance - Aug, 2008

July 2008

June 2008

Report from the Canadian Breast Cancer Network

Report from the Health Council of Canada

May 2008

April 2008

March 2008

February 2008

Report from Canadian Health Services Research

An Update on Primary Health Care and Home Care Renewal in Canada from the Health Council of Canada

January 2008

December 2007

November 2007

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is asking Canadians about their priorities as it begins the implementation phase of the first cross-Canada cancer control strategy.

Ratio of health expenditure to GDP expected to climb to 10.6%

October 2007

Method effective in 95% of cases, new Canadian research finds

Plan Provides Assurance for Residents with High Drug Costs

Press Release from the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada

September 2007

The Canadian Cancer Society announced Wednesday it is no longer recommending routine breast self-examinations as a way to detect cancer.

August 2007

BC Cancer Agency scientists discover new gene that suppresses tumour growth

July 2007

More than 3500 people joined the live opportunity for an online discussion with Nova Scotia cancer patient (and CACC Board member) Jim Connors, following a decision by the NS health minister not to fund his cancer drug.

North York General Hospital opens a new rapid assessment centre for prostate cancer, reducing the wait time for a diagnosis by two-thirds

June 2007

A report from patient groups and advocates on the status of promises made with the introduction of Ontario's Transparent Drug System for Patients Act, on June 20, 2006. Read the News Release. Read the Report. Read the Appendix to the report.

What do meaningful reductions and guarantees mean? Report released June 26, 2007

Invitation from the Cancer Care Ontario Quality Council

Study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Draft National Guidelines for the Disclosure of Adverse Events

The Cancer Advocacy Coalition AGM will be held on June 15, 2007

May 2007

More than half will benefit, but it depends on where they live, study finds

Study of Genetic Cause of Stomach and Breast Cancers Among 78 New Projects

Cancer patients take their invoices to the Provincial Legislature to show MPPs what they pay for the recommended standard therapy in Ontario.

April 2007

Dr. William Hryniuk presents the CACC position on Common Drug Review to the Standing Committee, April 30, 2007

This Index is a system-wide monitor that tracks the quality and consistency of key services delivered across Ontario's cancer system - from prevention to end-of-life care.

March 2007

Effective March 1, 2007, all submissions (from all provinces) for oncology products (injectable and oral) will be made directly to the Ontario Committee to Evaluate Drugs/Cancer Care Ontario.

February 2007

The CIHI study, Wait Times Tables - A Comparison by Province, 2007 includes updated information on provincial wait times reporting as of December 2006.

Health Care Renewal in Canada: Measuring Up?

January 2007

Special Report by CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Lance Armstrong on cancer.

Podcast of the CNN radio broadcast special "Saving Your Life" with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Stephen Harper today announced the government is investing $2.6 million in a Wait Time Guarantee pilot project for children in need of surgery.

Young Adults 15 to 29 years of age including SEER incidence and survival: 1975 - 2000

December 2006

News Release from the Ontario Ministry of Health

Report on Hospitals—Management and Use of Diagnostic Imaging Equipment

November 2006

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the establishment of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

October 2006

A Call for Renewed Action on Cancer Prevention and Detection in Ontario. Report released by CCO & CCS

September 2006

The Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada is releasing the attached Position Statement on User Charges for Cancer Treatment. This statement responds to a recommendation in July, 2006 from a provincial working group that recommends cancer patients should pay for hospital-based cancer treatments that are not funded by the ministry.

An Assessment of Their Health Status and Health Determinants

Report released by Cancer Care Ontario

August 2006

Herceptin approved for treatment of early stage breast cancer

July 2006

Report released by Cancer Care Ontario

Velcade And Three Other Drugs To Be Funded By The Province

June 2006

Where the Rubber Hits the Road with Wait Times

May 2006

Cancer patients in Ontario have less access to cancer drugs than most other provinces and substantially less than British Columbia, where cancer outcomes are the best in the country.

New Provincial Oncology Drug Program Established To Improve Care for Cancer Patients

36-page summary of CHSPR’s 2006 health policy conference.

Report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

2006 AGM for CACC recognized Members and invited guests.

New budget includes funding for the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.

April 2006

Updates on Action and Accountability Across Canada from the Health Council of Canada.

British Columbia invests $4M for cancer research.

The Ontario government has introduced legislation on April 13, 2006, that would, if passed, enable a comprehensive plan to get better value for money which will allow reinvestments to deliver better care to patients.

Hamilton's Dr. Ralph Meyer to succeed Dr. Joseph Pater in 2007 at prestigious NCIC CTG

The Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment (CCOHTA) adopts new name and brand to reflect broader mandate.

February 2006

Canadian Policy Research Network commentary released on Feb 24, 2006.

Full French version of the public consultation document on the state of health care in Quebec.

Full English version of the public consultation document on the state of health care in Quebec.

January 2006

Healthy Provinces, Healthy Canadians: A Provincial Benchmarking Report

"We are making these investments because we are committed to waging war against cancer," said Smitherman. "We want to ensure that people in need of life-saving cancer treatment get it as close to home as possible and as quickly as possible."

December 2005

November 2005

A national survey of health care providers, managers and the public.

Patients tell MPPs that tumours do not wait

Ten Steps to a common framework for reporting on waiting times

Fall 2005 summary of CIHR research achievements and new initiatives underway

Up 7.5% from the previous year; growth in government health spending continues to outpace GDP

October 2005

Ontarians can now find out how long they can expect to wait for key health services, including CT and MRI scans, 10 types of cancer surgery, and which hospitals have the lowest median waiting times

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care.

The Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control is a stakeholder-driven initiative, led by a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute of Canada, Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies and Health Canada.

An excerpt from the conference proceedings, The legal debate over private health insurance in Canada

Full report released by the Fraser Institute October 18, 2005

Video of interviews with cancer patients who cannot access the intravenous chemotherapy recommended by their oncologists. Read more about one patient, one example of many in Ontario:

Cancer patients ask the government of Ontario for consistent, fair access to intravenous chemotherapy, describing enormous personal cost of cancer treatments.

Canadian Office for Health Technology Assessment releases Evaluation of the First Year of Operation for the Common Drug Review

Canadian Institutes of Health Research announce 1600 research grants totalling $354 million

Faced with the prospect of millions of people dying prematurely and suffering needlessly from heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, WHO says the global epidemic of chronic disease must be stopped.

September 2005

Household spending on prescription drugs jumped more than 70% between 1994 and 2004

New guidelines for community physicians on recommended follow-up for cancer patients

New leading-edge research facility will support growth in cancer research

One year after the federal and provinces governments agreed to a 10-year plan, the first deadline is approaching. By December 31, 2005 provinces have to report on benchmarks for medically acceptable wait times, starting with cancer, heart, diagnostic imaging, joint replacements, and sight restoration.

August 2005

July 2005

June 2005

Full report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information on the tobacco consumption of Canadians according to the data released by OECD

News release on CIHI's 6th annual report on the state of Canada's health system. Download the full report from their website.

Opposition Critic Stephen Fletcher moves and wins a vote to support implementation of the CSCC

May 2005

Check out all the news from the 2005 meeting of ASCO,1003,_12-002104,00.asp

April 2005

Announcement from the Wait Times Alliance

March 2005

February 2005

January 2005

Health care renewal in Canada: Accelerating change

December 2004

November 2004

October 2004

Breast cancer mortality rates in Ontario women age 50 to 69 decreased 29 per cent between 1989 and 2002, according to new statistics from Cancer Care Ontario. This dramatic decrease is attributed to increases in the number of women attending breast screening and improvements in treatment.

September 2004

August 2004

July 2004

June 2004

Results presented at annual meetings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society of Nuclear Medicine show promise as a first-line treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

New treatment combination increases survival for some brain cancer patients; clinical trial results could change standard of care

May 2004

News release issued by the government of Alberta in response to patient advocacy

April 2004

April 14, 2004: Canadian Cancer Statistics released. Cancer is Number One Cause of Early Death in Canada - Number of New Cancer Cases Increasing - National Coordinated Strategy Key to Fighting Canada's Cancer Crisis.

Canadian Cancer Society shares spreadsheets of cancer incidence, mortality and probability of dying, by federal political riding in Canada. The files are available by Members of Parliament (English, Francais) or Senator (English, Francais).

March 2004

February 2004

January 2004

Benefits may be paid up to a maximum of six weeks for missing work to care for a family member at risk of dying within 26 weeks.

December 2003

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