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Chemotherapy More Effective at Causing Programmed Cell Death in Young Tissues

GregoryAuneby Gregory Aune, MD, PhD, CKN Editor

 

Childhood Cancer Survivors have their own unique set of issues that often go unaddressed by health care professionals once treatment has ended and the child enters adulthood.  Although the last 20 years have seen growth in survivorship research, this research is rarely filtered down to the people who need it most – the survivors and their families.  Dr. Gregory Aune, Pediatric Oncologist, researcher, childhood cancer survivor and advocate, has taken on the position of CKN Editor, Knowledge Translation – Childhood Cancer Survivorship.  His goal is simple:  to help empower childhood cancer survivors to start a dialogue with their doctors by publishing short, easy-to-read research study summaries, like this one.

 


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Personalized Medicine and MAiD at UHN

by Madeline Li MD PhD, Lead of Psychosocial Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and Gary Rodin MD, Head of the Department of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto

 
 
“Personalized medicine” has become the new frontier in medical care, focused on ways to individualize treatment in order to maximize patient outcomes. At the University Health Network (UHN), this term ranges from individually tailored biological therapies to psychotherapeutic interventions. However, it could not have been anticipated that personalized medicine would come to include Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).
 
 
The movement to legalize assisted dying in Canada was largely propelled by changes in societal attitudes and demands, rather than by advice from health care providers or health care institutions. In response to this legislation, UHN developed a comprehensive framework for the delivery of MAiD, outlined in the May 25, 2017 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The aim of this framework was to ensure access to MAiD, to protect vulnerable patients from its unwarranted application, to support staff engaged directly or indirectly in this new clinical practice and in conversations about it, and to protect their right to conscientious objection.

 

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Breast Density: the breast cancer risk factor no one talks about

by Jennie Dale, Cancer Survivor, Co-founder Dense Breasts Canada

 

Joanne Brennan, of Ottawa, has Stage 4 breast cancer. And she is furious.

 

“I didn’t know to ask if I had dense breasts. If I had, I might not be what I am today, dying from Stage 4 breast cancer. It is the doctor’s responsibility to tell you if you have dense breasts, but our doctors are not telling patients,” she says. “There’s a big gap. It’s not just about being breast cancer aware, it’s about knowing what to ask.”

 

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Pregnancy in Female Cancer Survivors: Increased Risks for Mother and Baby

GregoryAuneby Gregory Aune, MD, PhD, CKN Editor

 

Childhood Cancer Survivors have their own unique set of issues that often go unaddressed by health care professionals once treatment has ended and the child enters adulthood.  Although the last 20 years have seen growth in survivorship research, this research is rarely filtered down to the people who need it most – the survivors and their families.  Dr. Gregory Aune, Pediatric Oncologist, researcher, childhood cancer survivor and advocate, has taken on the position of CKN Editor, Knowledge Translation – Childhood Cancer Survivorship.  His goal is simple:  to help empower childhood cancer survivors to start a dialogue with their doctors by publishing short, easy-to-read research study summaries, like this one.

 


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Decreased Therapy Results in Fewer Second Cancers

GregoryAuneby Gregory Aune, MD, PhD, CKN Editor

 

Childhood Cancer Survivors have their own unique set of issues that often go unaddressed by health care professionals once treatment has ended and the child enters adulthood.  Although the last 20 years have seen growth in survivorship research, this research is rarely filtered down to the people who need it most – the survivors and their families.  Dr. Gregory Aune, Pediatric Oncologist, researcher, childhood cancer survivor and advocate, has taken on the position of CKN Editor, Knowledge Translation – Childhood Cancer Survivorship.  His goal is simple:  to help empower childhood cancer survivors to start a dialogue with their doctors by publishing short, easy-to-read research study summaries, like this one.

 


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My Experience with the Mindfulness and Tai Chi/Qigong Programs

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The MATCH Study: Mindfulness And Tai chi for Cancer Health. This innovative clinical trial conducted by the University of Calgary/Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is now recruiting cancer survivors! As a participant you get to choose which treatment approach you want, or let us assign you to a group if you are equally interested in both. We will measure program effects on psychological, physical and biological outcomes including quality of life, mood, stress, balance, blood pressure, heart rate, immune function and more! Visit www.thematchstudy.ca for more details.

 

 

by Matthew Machan

 

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