Advocacy

HAI In the Management of Unresectable Liver Metastases Meeting

On September 7, 2012, the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) hosted a highly successful Advisory Council Meeting focused on Hepatic Arterial Infusion (HAI) in the Management of Unresectable Colorectal Liver Metastases at the Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

In attendance were hepatobiliary surgical and medical oncologists from across Canada and the U.S. These experts, including Dr. Nancy Kemeny, came together to identify barriers, document and advance solutions with the aim of introducing and promoting the use of HAI in Canada to improve the experience and outcomes of the colorectal cancer patient with confined, unresectable metastatic disease to the liver.

The expert panel reached consensus on all proposed statements focusing on the various aspects of HAI in the management of colorectal liver metastases and a meeting manuscript is forthcoming. The manuscript will ultimately be submitted for publication in a prominent Journal and utilized for the promotion of HAI in appropriate circumstances in Canada.

Stay tuned as the CCAC continues to advocate for education and awareness of HAI as a therapeutic option in the treatment of unresectable colorectal liver metastases as well as assist in the introduction of HAI in Canada.

CCAC Partners With Mt. Sinai

The CCAC is collaborating with Mt. Sinai’s bioethicist Dr. Kerry Bowman who is working on a research project involving the development of synthetic antibodies aimed at treating colorectal cancer and other cancer sites. We continue to deliver presentations on disease trajectory, ethical issues facing colorectal cancer patients and families resulting from drug costs and disease burden. The CCAC will continue to provide assistance and support in the project’s next phase by helping to recruit individuals who have had colorectal cancer to explore their lived experience in relation to contemporary drug costs. Stay tuned as the CCAC continues to partner with Mt. Sinai on this pivotal project.

Pan-Canadian Ostomy Supplies Reimbursement Policy Reform Meeting

Montreal – March 2nd, 2012

On March 2nd, 2012, the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) hosted the Pan-Canadian Ostomy Supplies Reimbursement Policy Reform Meeting at the Montreal Airport Marriott Hotel.

In attendance were key healthcare professionals from across the country, contributing their expertise and experience towards the drafting of a consensus document for the reform of policies governing the reimbursement of ostomy supplies in Canada. Presentations throughout the day by colorectal surgeon Dr. Jean-Francois Latulippe, enterostomal therapy nurse (ETN) Joanne Hoeflok, psychosocial oncology specialist Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, economist Dr. Chris Longo, as well as our dedicated meeting chairs Gwen Turnbull and Louise Forest-Lalande (both ETNs), prepared the group with a comprehensive background on ostomies in Canada.

Issues such as the psychosocial impact of living with an ostomy, the psychosocial link between improved Quality of Life (QoL) and optimal reimbursement, the health care costs associated with ostomy-related complications resulting from suboptimal reimbursement of ostomy supplies, and the complex health care system within which the current reimbursement policies are embedded were explored. The meeting was a glowing success as the group reached consensus on all proposed statements.

Stay tuned as the CCAC endeavours to have the consensus document published in one of Canada’s prominent journals, which will then be subsequently utilized for advocacy purposes when addressing the various provincial policy makers overseeing the reimbursement of ostomy supplies.