An estimated 22,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) this year. How will the Colorectal Cancer Association – a team of only a dozen professional staff – reach them all?  Our Cancer Coaches are the answer!

Cancer Coaches are survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals who we train, certify and empower to provide patients and their families with:

  • Information about new treatments and clinical trials
  • Suggestions for better coping, symptom/side effect management, stress reduction, etc
  • Psychosocial support
  • Guidance regarding Healthcare system navigation

Topics on the agenda for this packed three-day conference:

  • Digestive system anatomy (our Clinical/Educational Specialist)
  • Hereditary syndromes (and their connection to CRC)  (veteran Cancer Coach Roslyn Fitzpatrick and Dr. Deborah Terespolsky, Medical Geneticist for Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga)
  • Approved surgical, systemic (drug) and complementary therapies
  • Coping skills, support methods (Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, De Souza Institute in Toronto)
  • Medical oncology (Dr. Pierre Major, Juravinsky Hospital in Hamilton)
  • Radiation oncology (Dr. Laura Dawson, University Health Network in Toronto)
  • Liver surgery (Dr. Calvin Law, (Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto)
  • Mindfullness-based stress reduction  (Dr. Susan Abbey, University Health Network in Toronto)
  • Review of 2010-2011 research findings
  • Ostomy care (Debbie Miller, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto)
  • Naturopathic medicine (with Dr. Becky Lee, Marsden Clinic)

Follow the conference’s activities on Twitter using hashtag #CancerCoach- and if you need support, don’t be afraid to call us at 1-877-50-COLON (26566).