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International Women's Day - March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018

International Women's Day Message

International Women's Day has been celebrated since the early 1900's, as a result of women's movements in Europe and North America advocating for the empowerment of women and equal participation in society. The issues and concerns facing women have evolved over time.

As the President and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba, a medical oncologist and a woman, I would like to take the opportunity on this day to bring a message to all women on how we can empower ourselves and each other to take charge of our health by following a healthy lifestyle and being proactive in seeking medical attention. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women;...

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Terry Fox Research Institute awards prestigious grant to help Manitoba cancer researcher tackle deadly brain cancer

March 7, 2018

WINNIPEG-Brain cancer research in Manitoba has received a boost with news that a local scientist has won a prestigious cancer research award from the Terry Fox Research Institute.

Dr. Sachin Katyal, a researcher at CancerCare Manitoba and the University of Manitoba, is the first researcher in Manitoba to receive the $450,000 Terry Fox New Investigator award for his "quick-to-clinic" personalized medicine approach to better treat patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

"Everyone's so excited Manitoba has won a Terry Fox Research Institute award, especially because this province was Terry"s birthplace," says Dr. Katyal. "Glioblastoma is a pretty...

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Don't just sit there. Get Checked!

March 2, 2018

March is Colon Cancer Screening Awareness Month

Did you know?


Update2 - Mobile Breast Screening Vehicles

February 28, 2018

The mobile breast screening vehicle will be in Steinbach the first couple of weeks in March.

We have a limited number of appointments available; please call us at 1-855-95-CHECK to book a screening mammogram appointment.

Appointments at one of our fixed sites can also be made by calling 1-855-95-CHECK.

Please refer back to this page for regular updates.
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World Cancer Day - February 4th 2018

January 29, 2018

Individuals and communities around the world will gather together on Sunday, February 4th for World Cancer Day - to raise awareness about cancer and to help make it a global health priority.

At CancerCare Manitoba, we will mark the occasion on Monday, February 5th.

This year's theme is "We can. I can." - to explore how everyone - together and individually - can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

In Manitoba, 20 people a day receive a...

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Are you taking any Complementary Medicines? Tell your health care providers

December 21, 2017

Over the next few months, you may be asked by health professionals at CancerCare Manitoba about your use of complementary and integrative therapies. These are such therapies as vitamin or mineral supplements, herbal therapies, mindfulness practices, acupuncture and massage. We are in the process of changing how we assess and document patients use of these types of therapies so that we have a complete picture of everything you are doing for your health. This will allow your health professionals in the future to provide comprehensive, safe and informed care.
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Are you currently receiving treatment for breast, lung, prostate or colorectal cancer?

December 17, 2017

Have you seen a poster in your clinic?

You are invited to take part in this study on out-of-pocket costs and other financial burdens for cancer patients. The P-SAFE Study Team are hoping to learn about your cancer related expenses since your cancer diagnoses and see how these expenses may affect family finances. The costs included in this investigation are: medical costs, non-medical costs (travel, parking, daycare, etc.), and the impact of illness on ability to work. We are also hoping to understand your health insurance purchases and understand if additional insurance purchase would have been helpful in managing these costs.


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Family Doctor Week in Canada

November 7, 2017


It's Family Doctor Week in Canada!

CancerCare Manitoba proudly acknowledges the highly valued relationships family doctors have with their patients and the communities they serve. CCMB values the collaborative relationships it has with family doctors and the outstanding contributions made by family doctors to improve the health and well-being of their patients along the cancer journey.

14th Annual Family Doctor Week in Canada - November 6-11, 2017
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CCMB's Annual Progress Report 2016/2017

October 12, 2017

Click Here to view the CCMB Annual Progress Report 2016/2017
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CCMB Febrile Neutropenia Resources and New Guidelines  

September 11, 2017

The Clinical Practice Guidelines Initiative is pleased to announce the completion of several Clinical Practice Guidelines and Practice Tools for Healthcare Professionals

A sincere thank you is extended to all contributors for their time and expertise.

CCMB Practice Tools

Febrile Neutropenia

  • Neutropenia Protocol and Algorithms
  • Neutropenic Fever Syndrome Staff Information Sheet and Algorithm
  • Neutropenic Fever Syndrome Patient Information Sheet
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Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day March 22, 2017
Genetic testing in Manitoba aids early detection of cancer

March 22, 2017

CancerCare Manitoba joined Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living Kelvin Goertzen as he officially proclaimed March 22, 2017 as Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day in Manitoba.

Lynch Syndrome is an inherited condition that affects approximately 50 Manitobans each year. Patients with Lynch Syndrome have a 60 per cent chance of developing colorectal cancer. Women with Lynch Syndrome have a 60 per cent risk of developing endometrial cancer.

"Detecting colon cancer at its earliest stage means a 90 per cent survival rate and Lynch Syndrome testing is one more tool towards early detection," said Dr. Sri Navaratnam, president and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba. "The financial...

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World Cancer Day - February 4th 2017

February 2, 2017

World Cancer Day's primary objective is "to get as many people as possible around the globe to talk about cancer? It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action."

In 2017 - the incidence of cancer will continue to grow due primarily to our growing and aging population. With the number of people who will be newly diagnosed and those with cancer living longer lives, cancer as a disease will be part of our life story whether it touches us, our family or friends.

We have come a long way over the past decades ?...

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Clinical Practice Guidelines Initiative is pleased to announce the completion of several guideline projects

July 12, 2016

Clinical Practice Guidelines Initiative is pleased to announce the completion of several guideline projects which are now available on CancerCare Manitoba?s (CCMBs) website.

Following are the four newly posted guidelines:


Increased Funding For Intravenous Cancer Drugs Will Support Manitobans Fighting Cancer: Premier

June 6, 2016

Budget 2016 includes an additional $4 million in funding to support the provision of cancer drugs for patients across the province, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

"The national work to ensure affordability is significant because there are many new drugs being developed and it is anticipated that cancer drug costs will continue to rise," said Pallister. "We are committed to working with other stakeholders to look at ways to strengthen our system and improve the affordability, accessibility, appropriate prescribing and use of prescription drugs, both across the country and here at home."


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Long-time smokers encouraged to get screened

March 8, 2016
Lung cancer one of Manitoba's most commonly diagnosed cancers

New guidelines released today by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) recommend annual screening for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (low-dose CT) up to three consecutive years in adults who:
  • are aged 55-74
  • are current smokers or former smokers who quit within the last 15 years, and
  • have smoked one pack a day for at least 30 years (or two packs a day for 15 years or equivalent; i.e. 30 "pack-years").

"Lung cancer is one of the most commonly...

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CancerCare Manitoba Clinical Practice Guidelines now available online

March 3, 2016

CancerCare Manitoba Clinical Practice Guidelines are now available on CancerCare Manitoba's website, making them easily accessible to all Manitoba healthcare providers.

The CCMB website contains all approved Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs), Clinical Guides, and Systemic Therapy Summaries (STSs) developed by CancerCare Manitoba, information about the process of developing Clinical Practice Guidelines at CCMB, and other resources.

These guidelines can be used by administrators, clinicians and...

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Province Announces New Cancercare Manitoba Facility To Be Built At Sherbrook And McDermot

Expanding CancerCare Manitoba Will Mean Better Service for Families: Premier Selinger

January 15, 2016

The Manitoba government has approved the site for the expansion of CancerCare Manitoba at the current Manitoba Clinic property at Sherbrook Street and McDermot Avenue, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

"Nearly every Manitoban is touched by cancer in some way and the province is committed to investing in a new state-of-the-art facility for CancerCare Manitoba," said Premier Selinger. "The new facility will address growing demands for cancer services in Manitoba and expand the scope of cancer research."

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New resources for women with gynecological cancers

Grand opening of Breast and Gyne Cancer Centre of Hope

January 14, 2016

Thanks to support from the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, today CancerCare Manitoba announced the expansion of services at the CCMB Breast Cancer Centre of Hope to include women and their families facing gynecological cancers.

The Breast Cancer Centre of Hope has been providing breast cancer resources since 1997. As a result of this expansion, the centre will now offer Manitoba women and their families information and education about gynecological cancer, navigation, support, and referral to other resources and programs. This change responds in part to the increasing incidence of other cancers among women including an estimated 400 women who are diagnosed with a gynecological...

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Province Invests In Relocating, Expanding Community Cancer Program At Thompson General Hospital

January 11, 2016

The Manitoba government will relocate and expand the chemotherapy unit and the community cancer program space at Thompson General Hospital, Health Minister Sharon Blady announced today.

"This project will build on work that's already been done to improve cancer services in the region by enhancing access to the care people need close to home," said Minister Blady. "These investments will ensure chemotherapy and other cancer services are provided safely, confidentially and more efficiently using facilities that meet provincial standards."

This $1.4-million design includes 1,150-sq.-ft. that will incorporate a private space for doctors and nurses to chart and provide...

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Province Announces New Radiation Equipment Will Allow More Targeted Treatment, Better Outcomes

Equipment to Make a Real Difference For Patients: Minister Blady

December 4, 2015

New equipment that allows for more targeted treatment and better outcomes after radiation for patients with ovarian, cervical, uterine and other cancers will soon be offered at CancerCare Manitoba, Health Minister Sharon Blady said today.

"This equipment allows radiation to be more focused, protecting healthy tissue around the tumor from damage that can be caused by radiation treatment," said Minister Blady. "This makes a real difference for patients by allowing treatment to be customized for each person, leading to better outcomes and faster recovery times."

Known as high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, the new equipment allows the placement of catheters close to or...

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New Liquid-Based Cytology Technology Means Improved Cervical Cancer Care For Manitoba Women, Fewer Procedures: Minister Blady

October 22, 2015

Women in Manitoba are benefiting from technology introduced last fall for cervical cancer screening, Health Minister Sharon Blady announced today, noting this is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week.

"This innovative technology provides more accurate results the first time around, meaning fewer women need to go back for uncomfortable procedures," said Minister Blady. "Our investments in this state-of-the-art health-care technology are leading to faster turnaround time in the labs, meaning women are getting their results more quickly."


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Province Expands HPV Immunization Program To Include Males
Program Expansion Further Step in Right Direction to Reduce Transmission, Protect Manitobans from HPV-related Cancer, Regardless of Gender: Minister Blady

October 21, 2015

In an effort to keep Manitobans healthy and reduce the number of new cancer cases, the province's Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization Program will be expanded starting next year to include both males and females, Health Minister Sharon Blady announced today.

"Through Manitoba's Cancer Strategy, our government has made a commitment to reduce the burden of HPV on Manitobans," said Minister Blady. "Offering the HPV vaccine to males is a step in the right direction to reduce transmission and protect Manitobans from HPV-related cancers, regardless of gender."


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A Pap test every three years could save your life or the life of someone you care about.

October 19, 2015

CervixCheck recommends most women who have ever been sexually active have a Pap test every three years starting at age 21. According to CervixCheck's data, about 30% of Manitoba women don't get tested enough. Most women diagnosed with cervical cancer have not had a Pap test in the previous three years. Each year approximately 50 Manitoba women are diagnosed with cervical cancer.

"Just a few minutes every three years can save a woman's life," said Kimberly Templeton, CervixCheck program manager. The Pap test can help find cervical cancer even before it starts. The goal of CervixCheck is to reduce the number of Manitoba women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer.


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Improvements To Breast Prosthesis Program Will Provide Stronger Services, Reduce Costs For Patients: Minister Blady

October 7, 2015

It is now easier for women to access a wider selection of breast prosthetics and bras thanks to a joint program between the Manitoba government and CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB), Health Minister Sharon Blady announced today.

"We are always looking at supporting patients to make life after treatment for cancer a little easier," said Minister Blady. "By partnering with CancerCare Manitoba, we are able to provide patients with streamlined access and lower costs for prosthetics and bras. This decision was made in consultation with breast cancer survivors as well as CancerCare Manitoba."

Previously, patients could apply for coverage either through Manitoba Health, Healthy Living...

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Shorter wait times part of Cancer Patient Journey result.

October 6, 2015

Back in 2011, only 18 per cent of breast cancer patients were receiving treatment within two months of a suspicion of cancer. Now, that portion has more than doubled to 41 per cent. Dr. Navaratnam says, in this Winnipeg Free Press article from October 6, 2015, more public awareness is needed about the services Cancer Hubs provide to patients.
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What is a cancer hub ?

October 6, 2015

On CJOB, October 6, 2015, Dr. Sri Navaratnam talks about the benefits of Navigation Services and Cancer hubs in shortening wait times for patients with a suspicion of cancer. The hubs are part of the Cancer Patient Journey Initiative.

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Provincial Improvements To Breast Cancer Care Shorten Wait Times For Patient Journey From Suspicion To Diagnosis, Treatment

October 5, 2015

Province Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month By Sharing Stories of Success: Minister Blady

System-wide improvements to the cancer patient journey have shortened wait times to diagnose and treat patients suspected to have breast cancer, Health Minister Sharon Blady announced today.

Left to Right: Tania D'Amato Breast Health Centre, Minister of Health Sharon Blady, Dr. Sri Navaratnam Cancer Care Manitoba


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New Patient Handbook Puts Cancer Facts, Tools In Patient's Hands: Minister Blady

September 17, 2015

A new information and resource series is being launched to put helpful facts about cancer and useful resources into the hands of Manitobans facing the disease, Health Minister Sharon Blady announced today.

"These new resources are like a passport and tool kit all in one, providing answers and vital assistance for patients on their cancer journey," said Minister Blady. "These valuable resources build upon work Manitoba has already undertaken through IN SIXTY, the Cancer Patient Journey Initiative."

The development of the Cancer Patient Information and Resource series was supported by the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and includes:

Smoking Cessation Gets a Boost in Manitoba

July 30, 2015

CancerCare Manitoba welcomes funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to support tobacco cessation efforts in Manitoba, which was announced earlier today. A project, led by the Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance (MANTRA), involves multiple local partners, including CCMB, the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, and the University of Manitoba.For CCMB, it will result in the expansion of our current Quit Smoking program, supported by our Foundation.

Please take a moment to read the federal news release below.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Public Health Agency of Canada

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, federal Minister of...

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Media Advisory - CCMB Outpatient Treatment Relocation

June 12, 2015

CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) is advising patients with regularly scheduled outpatient treatments at CCMB's St. Boniface Hospital site that their treatment appointments will be relocated for the next several days. The relocation of service is in response to an odor issue that is affecting patient comfort.

CCMB staff is calling all patients who had treatment appointments scheduled at CCMB's St. Boniface Hospital site on:
  • Friday, June 12th
  • Monday, June 15th
  • Tuesday, June 16th

Only patients undergoing outpatient treatment are being relocated.

"Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy often suffer from nausea and...

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Province Announces Expansion To Winnipeg Cancer Hub To Better Support Patients Suspected Of Having Cancer

June 10, 2015

Initiative Expanding to Help Patients Access Care, Treatment Faster: Minister Blady

People in Winnipeg suspected of having cancer will have faster access to diagnostic and treatment services following the expansion of Winnipeg cancer hub services to primary care clinics, Health Minister Sharon Blady announced today.

"When people are facing a possible diagnosis of cancer, they need to have access to diagnostic and treatment services as soon as possible," said Minister Blady. "By expanding the cancer hub services to primary care clinics, we can ensure better access to the co-ordinated, compassionate care that people need to get well quickly."


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Province Introduces New Legislation That Would Update X-Ray Equipment Requirements

June 9, 2015

New Legislation Would Enhance Health Protection for Manitobans: Minister Blady

The Manitoba government is introducing new legislation that would update requirements for the use of X-ray equipment, Health Minister Sharon Blady announced today.

"We want to ensure equipment is being operated to the highest standards to best protect Manitoba health-care workers and patients," said Minister Blady. "This new legislation would update the existing legislation to current standards to make sure these needed tests are delivered as safely as possible."

The radiation protection act would update the requirements for the installation and operation of X-ray...

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Expanding the Scope of Cancer Research in Manitoba

May 12, 2015

New institute supports state-of-the-art cancer care and collaboration

Winnipeg, Manitoba CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) and the University of Manitoba (U of M) are pleased to announce a joint institute to expand the scope of cancer research in Manitoba - the Research Institute of Oncology & Hematology, at the CancerCare Manitoba Research Centre. The joint institute will bring together all pillars of cancer and blood disorder research, to foster innovation, collaboration and translation of leading edge research into meaningful improvements in cancer care for Manitobans.


Leukemia Research Receives Significant Support

April 22, 2015

Research Manitoba Grant solidifies position of Manitoba researchers as national leaders

CancerCare Manitoba's (CCMB) research into the most common type of leukemia in adults received a $2.5 Million investment from Research Manitoba, solidifying CCMB's position as a national leader in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) research. The grant enables a research cluster of Manitoba experts who will develop new therapies and patient management strategies.

"We are grateful for Research Manitoba's support of our integrated, multidisciplinary research cluster," said Dr. Sri Navaratnam, president and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba. "This timely support builds upon...

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Time to Quit! Better Yet, Don't Start!

January 21, 2015

CancerCare Manitoba's Encourages All to Butt Out and Stop Smoking on Weedless Wednesday

While any day is a good day to quit smoking, CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) encourages all Manitobans who smoke tobacco products to butt out and breathe in fresher air today, Weedless Wednesday, as part of National Non-Smoking Week.

The provincial cancer agency points out that smoking is the number one preventable cause of cancer. Research has directly linked tobacco smoke to four out of five cases of lung cancer. Research has also shown a direct link between smoking and other cancers, including those of the breast, head and neck, and esophagus. About 37,000 people die...

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Manitoba Government Announces New Winnipeg Cancer Hub To Better Support Patients That May Have Cancer
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Continued Investment in Services to Help Cancer Patients Access Treatment More Quickly: Minister Blady

November 25, 2014

A new cancer hub in Winnipeg is in the final stages of development and this new initiative will enhance support for patients suspected of having cancer and ensure they are able to access treatment services as quickly as possible, Health Minister Sharon Blady announced today.

"When a person might have cancer, it's crucial they receive the care they need as quickly as possible," said Minister Blady. "Through our IN SIXTY cancer patient journey initiative, we are continuing to support the development and implementation of new initiatives to provide different ways for Manitobans...

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Good things come in 3s! A Pap test every three years could save your life or the life of someone you care about.

October 22, 2014

Each year approximately 50 Manitoba women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. CervixCheck recommends most women who have ever been sexually active have a Pap test every three years starting at age 21. According to CervixCheck, about 30% of Manitoba women get tested too frequently and over 30% don't get tested enough.

"Research shows the best frequency for Pap tests is once every three years. A Pap test every year offers very little added benefit,? said Kimberly Templeton, CervixCheck program manager. Frequent testing can expose women to unnecessary harms including over-diagnosis of abnormal cell changes that would go away on their own. ?Like any medical test, we weigh the...

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Manitoba Government Fulfils Key Commitment To Provide Faster, Improved Care For Cancer Patients, Closer To Home

October 21, 2014

All 13 Rural Cancer Hubs Now Open, New Technology Now Available for Cervical Cancer Screening: Minister Selby

The Manitoba government has reached a milestone in improving access to cancer treatment for rural families with the opening of the province's final rural cancer hub in Steinbach, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today.

In addition, the minister marked Cervical Cancer Awareness Week in Manitoba by announcing the introduction of leading-edge technology called liquid-based cytology to improve cervical cancer screening and certain non-gynecological diagnostic testing.

"Women can now have greater confidence that accurate Pap test results will be available...

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Comprehensive report reveals cancer trends, examines risk factors in Manitoba

September 25, 2014

Measurement is essential to good cancer system management and by expanding the scope of the 2013-2014 Community Health Assessment CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) has increased its ability to examine the system.

"We've included indicators that provide insight into how cancer is affecting Manitobans and how the cancer system is supporting them," said lead author Dr. Donna Turner, CCMB's provincial director of Population Oncology, adding by providing data, progress can be clearly demonstrated. "We have seen large improvements in the time to diagnosis following an abnormal breast screen and a reduction in late stage prostate cancer in the North and this ultimately leads to better...

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Experience For Cancer Patients In The North To Improve With Opening Of New Cancer Hubs: Minister Selby
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New Hubs to Open Later this Year in The Pas, Thompson

August 11, 2014

THE PAS - Cancer patients and their families in northern Manitoba will have enhanced cancer treatment and care when new cancer hubs open in The Pas and Thompson later this year, Health Minister Erin Selby announced here today.

"When someone is faced with a cancer diagnosis, it's important they have quick access to treatment and information," said Minister Selby. "The new cancer hubs will be made up of care providers working together to help people across the north get the care they need, when they need it and closer to home."

The Northern...

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Congratulations and Thank You!

June 9, 2014

To our Incredible Walkers, Donors, Sponsors and Volunteers

Congratulations and Thank You!

The 2014 Challenge for Life 20K Walk raised an amazing $955,869 bringing the grand total over the past 7 years to $6,925,421.

You should feel incredibly proud of what you have accomplished. Your efforts are amazing, outstanding! Because of your passion and commitment we are able to fund critically needed programs at CancerCare Manitoba. You are such an important part of the solution in the lives of...

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Minister Applauds Early Success of Urgent Cancer Care Clinic, Cancer Helpline at Cancercare Manitoba

756 Visits in First Five Months, 110 Fewer Visits To Emergency Rooms per Month: Minister Selby

May 6, 2014

The new Urgent Cancer Care Clinic and Cancer Helpline at CancerCare Manitoba have improved access to care for cancer patients in Manitoba, Health Minister Erin Selby said today.

"We are seeing excellent early results in improving the service we provide to our cancer patients and system-wide," said Minister Selby. "I'm excited to see the new clinic and helpline have made a real difference for patients since they opened last November."

The Urgent Cancer Care Clinic and Cancer Helpline staff with specialized oncology training provide care to patients with cancer and blood disorders to quickly address symptoms related to disease or side effects from treatment. Between...

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Province announces new support...

April 1, 2014

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New Drugs, Additional Support for Front-line Staff Will Improve Experience for Cancer Patients: Minister Selby


The province is investing in new cancer drugs and additional supports for front-line staff to improve cancer treatment and care for patients in Manitoba, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today, marking Oncology Nursing Day.

"Front-line health-care providers often go above and beyond to make a difference every day for their patients," said Minister Selby. "To mark Oncology Nursing Day, we are announcing coverage for...

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Call for Board and Committee Members

March 13, 2014

CancerCare Manitoba is seeking individuals who are committed to advancing the health of Manitobans through the reduction of the burden of cancer to join our Board of Directors or to become external members of Committees of the Board.

If you are invigorated and challenged by the opportunity to make a difference for Manitobans dealing with cancer, and have experience in areas such as healthcare, communications, project management (including construction), information technology, strategic planning, board governance or community leadership, we encourage you to consider joining our team.

Responsible for the governance and oversight of CancerCare Manitoba, our volunteer board...

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CancerCare Manitoba joins national partnership to address priority cancer control gaps for patients from rural, remote, isolated communities

Supports strategy for high quality care, closer to home

March 6, 2014

Together with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, CancerCare Manitoba joined a national initiative of cancer experts to improve cancer control for First Nation and Inuit Manitobans. Rates of common cancers have increased among First Nations, Inuit and Métis in the past few decades and some populations are now at or above, those in the general Canadian population.

"First Nations and Inuit Manitobans experience cultural and language differences, geographic and social remoteness, and limited access to basic services. These factors increase the difficulties patients and families face," said Kali Leary, Director of Development, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Cancer Control,...

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We're turning seven !

March 6, 2014

March is colon cancer awareness month and ColonCheck is proudly celebrating seven years of service to Manitobans.

Since launching in 2007, ColonCheck has continued to expand its reach and now all eligible Manitobans can have the home screening test mailed directly to them. ColonCheck also provides home screening tests to primary health care providers. Regional Health Authorities are also working with ColonCheck to promote the home screening test and offer follow-up testing if necessary.

Colon cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Manitoba and is the second leading cause of cancer death. However when found in the earliest stage, there is over a 90% chance of...

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Congratulations to Dr. Rajat Kumar

February 26, 2014

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have selected Dr. Rajat Kumar as the recipient of the 2013 Manitoba/Saskatchewan region Prix d'excellence/Specialist of the Year award.

The award was established to recognize Fellows of the Royal College in good standing who have made significant contributions in providing outstanding patient care to their patients and the community in which they practice. The nominee must also be a role model for excellence in patient care.


Doctors Care television series

February 20, 2014

Doctors Care is a multi-episode television series produced by Doctors Manitoba that promises an inside look at doctors and healthcare in Manitoba.

Each episode provides a glimpse into the lives and perspectives of many of the province's medical leaders. Viewers will hear about the Cardiac Sciences Program initiative, rural medicine, and children's health researchers among others.

CancerCare Manitoba was invited to take part and share more about the Cancer Patient Journey Initiative (INSIXTY). The 30-minute episode is now available online - please visit

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Province Announces Access To Improved Cancer Screening

February 3, 2014
New Colon Cancer, Lynch Syndrome Testing Available to Patients: Minister Selby

New testing procedures to help identify patients at a greater risk for inherited colon and other types of cancers are now in place including testing for Lynch syndrome, a disorder that significantly increases the risk of developing cancer, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today.

"Identifying the risks for cancer is critical to providing the most appropriate care possible to the patient and at-risk relatives, and we're pleased to offer this screening in our province," Minister Selby. "This testing will give patients, their families and their physicians the information...

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Cancer Hubs Bring Expanded Services To Western Manitoba

December 16, 2013
Sites to Offer Enhanced Cancer Services, Treatment, Information Options: Minister Selby

Cancer patients can now access enhanced treatment and information at seven cancer hubs, as Manitoba's IN SIXTY cancer patient journey initiative continues to improve services, Health Minister Erin Selby said here today.

"Cancer is a scary journey for patients, but by reducing wait times and ensuring timely treatment and access to care, we can help make that journey a little easier," said Minister Selby. "Cancer hubs are made up of networks of care providers who work together to make sure patients get the care they need, when they need it, closer to home."


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Newly Opened Urgent Cancer Care Clinic, Cancer Helpline To Better Support Patients, Families: Minister Selby

December 4, 2013
Patients with cancer and blood disorders needing care to quickly address symptoms related to their disease and side effects from treatment are now able to access treatment at the newly opened Urgent Cancer Care Clinic at CancerCare Manitoba and the Cancer Helpline, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today.

"When you're living with cancer, it's a scary journey. Knowing professionals are there to help you find the specialized care you need quickly will provide immense relief for patients and their families," said Minister Selby. "With the newly opened Urgent Cancer Care Clinic and the Cancer Helpline, health professionals with expertise in cancer and emergency care are now available to...

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Cancer Patient Safety Enhanced Through Innovative Drug Dispensing Technology

November 8, 2013
Faster, Safer Equipment To Benefit Patients: Minister Patient safety has been significantly enhanced at CancerCare Manitoba as leading-edge robotic technology is now being used to prepare chemotherapy drugs quickly and safely, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today.

Min. Selby and Dr. Dhaliwal share podium duty during the announcement in CCMB's pharmacy.

The new machine, known as RIVA (robotic IV automations system), a...

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Health Minister Calls On Manitobans To Reduce Risk Of Developing Lung Cancer

November 7, 2013

The province is working with leading Manitoba medical experts to encourage Manitobans to reduce their risk of lung cancer, Health Minister Erin Selby said today.

"November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and we want everyone to take steps to reduce their risk," said the minister. "It's never too late to stop smoking or to talk to your loved ones about the dangers of smoking. Working together, we can all be healthier."

Statistics show Manitoba lung cancer rates are in line with other provinces, however, lung cancer survival rates are the best in the country.

For the last two decades, the mortality rate for Manitoba men with lung cancer has typically been higher...

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A Celebration of Canada's Medical Radiation Technologists

November 4, 2013

Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) across Canada will be commemorated for their work during Medical Radiation Technologists? Week, November 3-9, 2013. MRT Week raises awareness about this powerful area of healthcare to increase understanding of the contributions of the professionals involved in the clinical applications of medical radiation technology. These professions include X-ray, CT scanning, MRI, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. You can find MRTs in hospitals and clinics from coast to coast, on the battlefields wherever the Canadian Forces are deployed, and in the dressing rooms of our professional sport teams. If you have ever had a diagnostic image, or have been...

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Putting the focus on Pap testing

October 22, 2013
Research shows regular Pap tests can prevent up to 80% of cervical cancer

Primary colours. Olympic medals. Pap tests. The common thread? Good things come in 3s!

Since the release of new national guidelines earlier this year, CervixCheck, CancerCare Manitoba has been working to educate health care providers and the public that routine screening using Pap tests should take place every three years.

"Research shows that having a Pap test every year offers very little added benefit over having a Pap test every three years," said Kimberly Templeton, CervixCheck program manager, adding frequent testing can expose women to unnecessary harms...

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Great news from the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology today, as two CancerCare Manitoba nurses are recognized for their outstanding work.

October 21, 2013

Congratulations to Jodi Hyman of the Community Cancer Program Network who has just been named CANO's Canadian Oncology Nurse of the Year 2013. Jodi was recognized by the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO), and receives the Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology award which recognizes an oncology nurse who consistently demonstrates the highest level of nursing and leadership. Click here to view the news release.

Congratulations as well to Erin Streu, who wins CANO's Pfizer Award for Excellence in Nursing Clinical Practise for 2013. The awards recognizes oncology...

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Manitoba Continues To Expand Cancer Care Hubs, Adds Staff, Brings Access To Care Closer To Home For More Manitobans

September 30, 2013

Next Step in $40-million Strategy To Reduce Cancer Wait Times: Oswald

Access to cancer diagnosis, treatment and information continues to improve across Manitoba as cancer hubs open in the Interlake-Eastern region, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

"We are reinventing the way we deliver health care with a patient-focused, patient-driven approach that will improve care and help to reduce stress for patients and their families," said Oswald. "We are listening to patients and we are better connecting them with the care and support they need to accelerate an early diagnosis and early detection, by supporting treatment closer to home."


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Advisory from the CancerCare Manitoba Board of Directors

September 20, 2013

CancerCare Manitoba's (CCMB) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Sri Navaratnam, CCMB's Vice President & Chief Officer, Clinical Services, has been appointed as CCMB's President and Chief Executive Officer to succeed Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal who completes his term of office on December 31, 2013. Dr. Navaratnam assumes her new role on January 1, 2014.

During her career as a Medical Oncologist at CCMB, Dr. Navaratnam has served in increasingly senior leadership roles. Recently appointed as VP & Chief Officer, Clinical Services, Dr. Navaratnam has held leadership positions both within CancerCare Manitoba as the Department Head of Medical Oncology and Hematology and...

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Joint CancerCare Manitoba/University of Winnipeg
Radiation Therapy Degree Created

June 26, 2013
Diploma/Degree Program Prepares Students for Global Workforce

CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) and the University of Winnipeg are pleased to announce a joint diploma/degree program in radiation therapy for Manitoba students. The joint program builds on educational programming CCMB has offered to students, by including the enhanced educational programming that UWinnipeg.

Working together, both CCMB and UWinnipeg expanded the program with existing resources. The joint radiation therapy program will provide highly skilled staff for Manitoba when needed and help meet the needs of other cancer centres.

"This new program will help ensure professional,...

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New Program Helping More Manitobans Access Cancer Services Sooner

June 19, 2013

A new CancerCare Manitoba program is helping more Manitobans get diagnosed and treated for cancer sooner, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

"The Manitoba government is committed to ensuring all Manitobans dealing with cancer get the help they need when they need it most," said Oswald. "The First Nations, Metis and Inuit Cancer Control Program increases access to diagnosis, treatment and support for all Manitobans facing barriers to cancer services, resulting in less stress and worry for...

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Robotic Intravenous Automation (RIVA) Acquisition

June 13, 2013

A new, state-of-the-art system developed by a Winnipeg-based company will prepare chemotherapy drugs with a high degree of precision, helping CancerCare Manitoba enhance patient and staff safety, Health Minister Theresa Oswald and Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson announced today.

"The new RIVA system, used to prepare complex chemotherapy treatments, will help to prevent errors and free up pharmacists' and nurses' time," said Oswald. "That kind of accuracy will bring much-needed comfort to Manitoba families dealing with cancer."

The advanced RIVA technology performs multiple checks to ensure dose accuracy and appropriate mixing of chemotherapy...

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New Quickcare Clinic And Helpline Being Established For Cancer Patients

May 6, 2013

Cancer Patients to Benefit From Better Access to After-hours Care: Oswald

A new Cancer QuickCare Clinic and Cancer HelpLine with evening and weekend service are being established to support Manitobans facing cancer and the illnesses and symptoms that can accompany their treatment, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

"Thousands of Manitobans face a battle with cancer every year and undergo cancer treatment," said Oswald. "We have world-class doctors and dedicated health professionals at CancerCare to help diagnose and treat cancer, and if patients have complications or side effects from their treatment, they will now have a dedicated,...

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National Oncology Nurses Day April 2, 2013

CancerCare Manitoba nurses' innovation in care highlights this year's celebration

April 2, 2013

An increased number of treatments providing faster access to chemotherapy highlights the 10th annual National Oncology Nursing Day at CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB), as nursing staff work towards providing an additional 500 chemotherapy treatments per year. The nursing team at CCMB's St.Boniface hospital site is set to begin implementing a number of innovative strategies to increase access, such as holding chemotherapy treatment clinics on statutory holidays. This will result in up to 12 additional clinical days per year, or approximately 500 additional chemotherapy treatments, a significant benefit to patients.

"Oncology nurses are doing their part to make sure Manitobans continue...

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Manitobans Reminded of the Importance of Colon Cancer Screening

March 14, 2013

During colorectal cancer awareness month, Manitobans are encouraged to do an easy test to screen for colon cancer, a small step that can help identify cancer earlier and result in better health outcomes.

"The time to check for colorectal cancer is before symptoms start, which is why all eligible Manitobans should take this simple test at home," said Health Minister Theresa Oswald. "Our province already has the highest screening rate in the country and more tests performed means more lives saved by early detection."

Over 60 per cent of eligible...

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Manitoba Breast Cancer Patients Will Benefit From Strategic Investments, Faster Diagnosis And Treatment

Specialized Equipment Part of Manitoba's Strategy To Improve Patient Journey: Oswald

March 5, 2013

The Manitoba government is investing in an advanced diagnostic machine that helps determine the best therapy for breast cancer patients and will dramatically speed up treatment, as well as introducing digital mammography machines across the province to speed up breast cancer testing, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

"By bringing these advanced tools home to Manitoba, we can shorten the time spent waiting for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer by weeks," said Oswald. "Instead of spending this time wondering about test results, Manitobans with breast cancer will be able to move forward with treatment options with the advice of their health-care providers."
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Smartphone campaign benefits kids with cancer

Gift from TELUS is more than 2.5x larger than previous year

March 4, 2013

A hugely successful initiative of TELUS and its customers has resulted in a donation of $123,275 to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation in support of pediatric clinical trials.

For every new smartphone activation in Manitoba on the TELUS network, TELUS Phones for Good campaign earmarked $25 to CancerCare Manitoba.

"The CancerCare Manitoba Foundation supports more than 50 per cent of all pediatric clinical trials that take place at CancerCare Manitoba," said Annitta Stenning, Executive Director, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. "We are so pleased that over these past three years, TELUS and its customers have raised $172,775 that will make a considerable difference in the...

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Cheers to 50 Years of Volunteerism

February 25, 2013

On Tuesday, February 19th, 120 CancerCare Manitoba volunteers were honoured by the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, His Honour Philip Lee, and his wife, Her Honour Anita Lee. A reception was held at Government House, to honour the 50 years of dedicated service that CCMB volunteers have given to the agency and in support of Manitobans facing cancer.

Along with a celebration of volunteerism, the special efforts of long serving CCMB volunteers were recognized as well.


Keep it Clear

January 22, 2013

Effective Communication Key to Improving the Patient Experience

For patients experiencing illness-related distress, better care starts with better communication according to CancerCare Manitoba's world renowned leader in palliative care, Dr. Harvey Chochinov.

"Health Care Provider Communication - An Empirical Model of Therapeutic Effectiveness" along with an accompanying editorial was published today in Cancer, the official journal of the American Cancer Society and a highly regarded source for health care professionals.

"So much of healthcare is tainted by interactions where people feel misunderstood or simply not heard," said Dr. Harvey...

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Cheers to 50 Years of Volunteers!

January 10, 2013

CCMB Volunteers Share the Care of Manitobans Facing Cancer

CancerCare Manitoba extends a heartfelt Thank You! and congratulations to the many Manitobans who have volunteered at the provincial cancer agency during the past five decades. Thousands of family members, former patients, students, staff and others have selflessly donated their time and assistance to those facing cancer, since 1963.

"Manitobans have been incredibly generous in donating their time, knowledge and expertise to support our agency, patients and their families," said Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, president and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba. "We offer a sincere thank you for the tremendous dedication...

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New Screening Guidelines Mean Changes in Pap Test Frequency for Manitoba women

January 7, 2013

The value of regular cervical cancer screening is immense, however it is important to have Pap tests at the right interval. Research now shows that having Pap tests too often offers little benefit and exposes women to harms and anxieties.

"Organized Pap testing has resulted in declines of up to 80% in deaths due to cervical cancer," said Kim Templeton, Manager, CervixCheck. "It is important to get screened regularly because cervical cancer in its early or precancerous stages often has no symptoms."

Following the recent release of new national recommendations for cervical cancer screening, CervixCheck is working with healthcare providers to educate Manitoba women about...

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Order of Canada Announcement: Janice Filmon

December 31, 2012

Congratulations to Mrs. Janice Filmon, Chairperson, Board of Directors of the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, on her appointment to the Order of Canada.

Mrs. Filmon was recognized for her outstanding contribution to charitable works, of which there are many, including her ongoing commitment to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Her selfless efforts on behalf of Manitobans facing cancer had earlier been recognized with the Guardian Angel Award, and the creation of the Janice C. Filmon Award for Leadership in Cancer Care. The province of Manitoba also recognized her prolific achievements in fund-raising with the Order of Manitoba.

Congratulations to Janice and her family...

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Local expertise headed to the final frontier

December 17, 2012

It's a match made in heaven as CancerCare Manitoba assists grade five students from Brant-Argyle School to send a scientific experiment to outer space to show how antioxidants in green tea might be used to prevent cancer.

Brant-Argyle in the Interlake School Division is the only Canadian school that was selected to take part in NASA's Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. CancerCare Manitoba was initially called upon to provide expertise and cancer cells but the time between preparing samples, sending them to space, and bringing them back for analysis meant the cells would not survive. After consultation with the University of Manitoba Department of Biochemistry and Medical...

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Manitoba Government Announces New Rural Cancercare Hubs, New Front-line Staff For Faster Cancer Testing, Treatment

November 20, 2012

Province Moving Forward With Aggressive, Comprehensive Strategy To Further Reduce Cancer Wait Times: Premier

To ensure cancer patients receive the fastest treatment in Canada, the provincial government is adding 50 new health professionals and launching four new regional CancerCare hubs in rural Manitoba, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

"We're focused on the things that matter most to Manitoba families and there's nothing more important than ensuring your family gets the care they need, regardless of where they live," said Selinger. "New cancer treatment hubs in Brandon, Selkirk, Steinbach and Thompson will help more patients get the highest-...

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Rainbow Auction - Guardian Angel Benefit

October 31, 2012

Thank you for supporting the Rainbow Auction at the Guardian Angel Benefit on October 25, 2012.

We have six unclaimed prizes. Please check the numbers below to see if you are a winner:


If you are a winner, congratulations! Please come down to our office before November 7th to claim your prize. We are open Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm and we are located on the main floor of CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave. You may also call for more information: 204-787-4177
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Leading-edge prostate cancer research receives funding boost

October 23, 2012

The Manitoba chapter of Motorcycle Ride for Dad, along with their presenting sponsor Manitoba Lotteries, have made a $50,000 grant towards Dr. Sabine Mai's prostate cancer research program at the Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology (MICB).

The funds were raised by over 800 Manitoba motorcycle enthusiasts during their 4th annual ride in May 2012 and will be used to support Dr. Mai's collaborative work with Dr. Jeff Saranchuk and Dr. Darrel Drachenberg from the Manitoba Prostate Centre. Dr. Mai is the director of the Genomic Centre for Cancer Research and Diagnosis which is housed within MICB.


Start talking about Pap tests. TellEveryWoman 2012!
Research shows regular Pap tests can prevent up to 80% of cervical cancer

October 22, 2012

Women love to talk - with friends, with mothers, with daughters, and with sisters. Women talk about lots of things, but what about the things they don't talk about? Like the importance of getting regular Pap tests?

As part of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, October 22 - 28, CervixCheck - CancerCare Manitoba's cervical cancer screening program - is hosting TellEveryWoman 2012 which highlights the importance of talking about Pap tests for the prevention of cervical cancer.

"We need to get women talking," said program manager Kimberly Templeton. "Cervical cancer is highly preventable and Pap tests are an effective screening test for the disease. Pap tests...

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40 Year Medical Mystery Solved - Hereditary Mutated Red Blood Cell Found in Family Tree, Thanks to Manitoba Medical Legacy

September 10, 2012

A decades old mystery in genetics has been solved by a team of Manitoba researchers from CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB), and the University of Manitoba (U of M). With support from the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation, the project, led by CCMB's Dr. Ryan Zarychanski, has identified a genetic mutation responsible for hereditary xerocytosis, a disorder that causes the rapid destruction of red blood cells, one that has baffled researchers around the world.

The mystery began 40 years ago, when the first Manitoba patient was diagnosed with a blood disorder that resulted in a significantly reduced lifespan of red blood cells. The cell breakdown left patients prone to jaundice,...

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CCMB's Dr. Stephen Pistorius receives national grant from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

August 15, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Pistorius, CCMB Senior Research Scientist, who will receive a significant national grant from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, as one of eight new projects across the country that are aimed at earlier detection of breast cancer. Dr. Pistorius receives the award based on a proposal to use spintronic based microwave imaging sensors to aid earlier breast cancer detection.

Dr. Pistorius and his team plan to explore whether spintronic nanosenors (small solid-state sensors capable of detecting low power electromagnetic waves) can be used to create images with sufficient resolution to detect breast cancer earlier and with better specificity than...

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Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov awarded the Canadian Medical Association's most prestigious honour

August 1, 2012

Recognized for advancing the field of palliative care

Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, Director, Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr Award for his significant contributions to the field of palliative care. It is the highest recognition the CMA can bestow upon one of its members.

The award honours physicians for advancing the fields of science, the fine arts or literature, or those who have served humanity with...

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Advisory from the CancerCare Manitoba Board of Directors

June 29, 2012

CancerCare Manitoba's President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, has informed the CCMB Board of Directors of his plans for completion of his term of office on August 31, 2013.

"With major projects such as the Cancer Patient Journey Initiative and increased facilities underway, CCMB is well positioned to work towards important improvements to cancer services across the province," said Dr. Dhaliwal.

The CCMB Board has formed a search committee to find a new CEO, and will engage a recruitment firm to assist in the process.

"The CCMB Board of Directors is grateful to Dr. Dhaliwal for encouraging a timely start to the succession process and for his...

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CancerCare Manitoba Doctor Leads Ground-Breaking Breast Cancer Research on Gene Mutation
- Findings published in Nature, World's Most Preeminent Science Journal

June 21, 2012

A top medical oncology researcher at CancerCare Manitoba is being credited with a breakthrough in breast cancer gene mutation discovery. The findings of Dr. Shantanu Banerji and a team of researchers from the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and the Insituto Nacional de Medicina Genomica (Mexico), were published on June 21, 2012, in Nature, the world's most preeminent science Journal.

Dr. Banerji's study discovered several new mutations in breast cancer samples. One of the more significant findings is the mutation of two normal genes that first break apart then rejoin to create a breast cancer fusion gene. This gene fusion was found in Triple Negative breast cancer patients,...

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National Nursing Week 2012

May 7, 2012
Message from Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, President & CEO, CancerCare Manitoba
Ruth Loewen, Sue Bates Joint Chief Nursing Officer

Congratulations to all our nurses at CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB), during National Nursing Week 2012. This week of recognition is well deserved, and we offer thanks on behalf of CCMB's executive, the Board, and all other staff, for your hard work and commitment to our patients.

Thousands of Manitobans come through our doors each year, and regularly attest to the exemplary professional care you provide. Just this past Friday, I received a letter from a former patient who thanked you, saying…


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April 19, 2012

Coverage Will Eliminate Financial Burdens For Patients, Families: Selinger

Premier Greg Selinger today announced the government will help support cancer patients and their families by making oral cancer drugs free for Manitobans, eliminating deductibles and covering the cost of necessary support drugs that patients may need during their treatment.

"This budget will help patients focus on their health rather than worrying about the financial burden expensive cancer drugs have on their lives and families," said Selinger. "Our government is proud to be covering the cost of cancer treatment medicine and support drugs for patients at home no matter where they...

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Oncology Nurses Day
April 3, 2012

April 3, 2012
From Minister of Health Theresa Oswald

Today is Oncology Nurses Day, a day of recognition for the hard work and dedication of oncology nurses here in Manitoba and across North America. On behalf of the government of Manitoba, let me thank you, our oncology nurses, for bringing care and comfort to Manitobans when they need it most ? during their battle against cancer.

Your daily efforts are crucial in ensuring that Manitoba?s cancer patients and their families receive strong, sure support and guidance during their cancer journey. Whether at CancerCare Manitoba, at partner hospitals of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, or at the 17 Community...

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CancerCare Manitoba to Help Patients, Their Families, Quit Smoking

January 18, 2012

Smoking Cessation Program Will Include Counseling, Tools, at no Cost

Winnipeg, Manitoba January 18, 2012 - CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) will provide a comprehensive smoking cessation program to cancer patients and their immediate family, to help them stop smoking. Supported by funding from the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and CCMB, the program will include the best practice approach of combining counseling with treatment such as nicotine patches or medication. Starting with patients facing Thoracic, Head & Neck cancers, smoking cessation services will be available to cancer patients and their immediate family at no cost.

"The grip of this...

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Province Announces First CANCERCARE HUB To Improve Diagnostics, Treatment, Wait Times For Manitobans

December 1, 2011

Manitoba Moving Forward With $40-million, System-wide Cancer Strategy: Premier

MORDEN-WINKLER_Manitoba's first regional CancerCare hub will soon open as part of the province's $40-million commitment to help Manitobans affected by cancer, Premier Greg Selinger announced today at the Boundary Trails Health Centre.

"Today, we're following through on our commitment to fight cancer together by connecting patients, patient navigators, doctors, nurses and other health-care providers to provide faster access to testing, diagnosis and treatment," said Selinger. "This new CancerCare hub expands on the chemotherapy services currently available through...

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Mini Film Festival

November 3, 2011

Grab the popcorn and make plans to attend CancerCare Manitoba's first ever mini film festival on Saturday, November 26th!

This educational event coordinated by Patient and Family Support Services along with the Younger and Wiser planning group features three short films to help increase awareness of the issues facing younger women with breast cancer, as well as young women at high risk for breast cancer. A facilitated panel discussion with those who have experienced these issues first hand will follow each film.

In "At My Mother's Breast", local filmmaker Heather Watson-Burgess is a 27 year old daughter of a woman with breast cancer, who is the daughter of a woman with...

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Medical Radiation Technologists Week in Canada - Nov. 6-12, 2011

November 2, 2011

Medical Radiation Technologists (MRT) week in Canada is an annual celebration of the crucial role that medical radiation technologists play in the healthcare system. This week always includes World Radiography Day which occurs on November the 8th, the day that Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered x-rays.

Medical Radiation Technologists include: Radiation Therapists, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, MRI technologists and X-ray technologists. MRTs provide the professional imaging and radiation-related treatment services with a caring touch that allows patients to fully benefit from the latest medical diagnostic and treatment technologies. From November 6 to 12, 2011, MRTs across...

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Western Manitoba Cancer Centre Opens

June 30, 2011

$24-million Centre Brings Cancer Care Closer to Home for Westman Residents: Selinger

BRANDON - The new, $24-million Western Manitoba Cancer Centre will bring optimal cancer treatment closer to home for Manitobans living in the western part of the province, which was officially opened here today by Premier Greg Selinger.

"Our investment in the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre offers more treatment options to Westman residents," said Selinger. "The centre's radiation therapy program alone will serve as many as 400 Brandon and area residents every year who otherwise would have had to travel to Winnipeg." ... Because Cancer Screening Saves Lives

June 23, 2011

Winnipeg, MB June 23, 2011: Winnipeg commuters using Sherbrook St. near the Misericordia Health Centre this morning will run straight into a "CheckStop" that has nothing to do with driving habits.

Staff and volunteers from CancerCare Manitoba?s BreastCheck, CervixCheck, and ColonCheck programs will be passing information to motorists from 7:00-8:30am to raise awareness about the benefits of regular cancer screening and early detection.

"Our most recent Community Health Assessment projected that this province will see up to a 50% increase in the number of cancer cases over the next fifteen to twenty years, so screening is vital in the detection of cancer," said Dr. Donna...

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June 10, 2011

$40-Million Comprehensive, Aggressive Strategy To Focus on Shortening the Entire Patient Journey: Selinger

A $40-million, comprehensive, aggressive and first-in-Canada cancer strategy will streamline cancer services and dramatically reduce the wait time for patients between the time cancer is suspected and the start of effective treatment, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

"This is a bold step forward for patients in our province and I am proud that Manitoba will be the first in the country to implement this very important and revolutionary program,? said Selinger. "This important new initiative will ensure Manitoba patients have access to faster cancer testing,...

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Melanoma Information and Support Evening

May 24, 2011

CancerCare Manitoba, Patient & Family Support Services is planning a Melanoma Information and Support Evening for patients and their families. This session will be held on June 16 and can be available through TeleHealth in rural communities. A copy of the brochure and poster is attached.

We have greatly appreciated your past support with these sessions and would like to confirm your availability to volunteer to assist with...

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Provincial Pharmacy Program Honoured

May 9, 2011

Accolades for patient safety, leadership and post secondary education

The Provincial Pharmacy Program at CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety, leadership and post secondary education and training.

At the annual conference of the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association (MPhA), Venetia Bourrier, Director, Provincial Drug Oncology Program, became the first ever recipient of the Patient Safety award. The honour was presented in recognition of significant and lasting contribution to improving patient safety and health care quality and shared with her colleagues at the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer...

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April 13, 2011

Provincial Contribution of $70 Million for New CancerCare Manitoba Building Will Expand World-class Diagnostics, Treatment and Research That Will Saves Lives: Premier

Premier Greg Selinger today announced the province is committing to invest $70 million in a new-state-of-the-art facility for CancerCare Manitoba that will improve diagnostics, treatment and research that will help Manitoba families affected by this disease.

"Every family has been touched by cancer - wives, husbands, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters and friends," the premier said. "Our loved ones deserve the very best care and this new investment will help outstanding...

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Western Manitoba Cancer Centre toured by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger

March 22, 2011

Brandon March 21, 2011 - Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger toured the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre (WMCC) in Brandon on Monday, seeing first hand the state-of-the-art technology and facilities that will soon be available to Westman residents.

The Western Manitoba Cancer Centre includes a linear accelerator for radiation therapy services. Brandon will be the first city outside of Winnipeg to be able to offer residents radiation therapy, bringing care and treatment closer to home. Chemotherapy and...

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TELUS helps kids with cancer through a new smartphone campaign supporting CancerCare Manitoba

March 18, 2011

Winnipeg, MB - TELUS today announced the launch of a new campaign to support Manitoba's children and youth in their fight against cancer. From now until May 31, 2011, for each new TELUS customer in Manitoba who upgrades to a new smartphone, TELUS will give $25 to CancerCare Manitoba for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in children*.

"The strides made so far in the area of pediatric oncology are nothing short of astounding," said CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Executive Director Annitta Stenning. "In the late 1960s, only ten per cent of children with cancer survived and now, 75 per cent do. CancerCare Manitoba, with the support of the Foundation and...

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March 8, 2011

$140,000 Project Will Support Mammogram Services In 80 Manitoba Communities

Manitoba women will have improved access to breast cancer screening with the replacement of two mobile breast cancer screening vans, Premier Greg Selinger announced in Winnipeg today while Health Minister Theresa Oswald unveiled the second new van in Gimli.

The province will fund 50 per cent of the $140,000 initiative, with the balance donated by the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

"Our government is committed to ensuring that all Manitobans have access to timely screening, diagnosis and treatment. This program helps us find breast cancer at an early stage, giving women...

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The Friday Morning Check Up!

March 3, 2011

As of Friday, March 4th, CancerCare Manitoba will partner with and take to the radio waves of Winnipeg's favourite FM station Hot 103. CCMB will join morning hosts Ace Burpee and Chrissy Troy for a weekly health related program called the Friday Morning Check Up!

CancerCare Manitoba will be ably represented by a team of doctors, nurses and experts, who will discuss a range of health topics as offered up by the Hot 103 FM hosts. Listeners can also send in questions via email. Topics will amuse, inform, and aim to encourage healthy living by all listeners - from tweens, to the parents driving them around.

The Friday Morning Check Up! -...

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The Butt Stops Here

January 4, 2011

To support smoke-free homes and vehicles, CancerCare Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba Foundation have produced The Butt Stops Here window cling and postcard. The easily removable cling can be placed in your home or vehicle to declare your space smoke-free while the postcard gives detailed information on what you can do to get started.

To order your cling or postcard, click here now 

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International Study Finds Manitoba Cancer Outcomes Comparable
Canadian cancer survival rates amongst the highest of participant countries

December 22, 2010

Manitobans facing cancer can be assured that treatment and care provided here at home results in some of the best survival rates in the world, according to an international study. The International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) compared cancer survival rates in six countries using Canadian data provided by four provinces - Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. Manitoba placed within Canadian averages, and led in lung cancer survival rates.

"The study provides compelling data on how cancer survival rates can vary between countries. It's by pointing out strengths and deficiencies that improvements can be made," said Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, President and CEO of...

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Terry Fox Research Institute Launches Prairie Node

December 10, 2010

CancerCare Manitoba in partnership with the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) and leading cancer care and research institutions in Manitoba and Saskatchewan have launched a Prairie Node to support the training of cancer researchers across the two provinces.

To view a Quicktime video of the news conference, please click here.

For more information, please see the media release which can be found in the 'news' section on this page.

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Better, more rapid outcomes sought for cancer patients - Terry Fox Research Institute Launches Prairie Node in Partnership with Leading Cancer Care and Research Institutions in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

December 2, 2010

Winnipeg, MB - The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) today launched its Prairie Node and announced Institute and partner investments of approximately $1.1 million over the next four years to support the node and the training of cancer researchers at cancer care and research organizations in the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. TFRI is partnering with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, the University of Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba to form the TFRI Prairie Node. In addition, TFRI has signed agreements with the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and the Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC) to provide joint matching funds to build cancer...

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Canadians to Benefit as Better Cancer Data Translates into Better Cancer Control

October 22, 2010

National Staging Initiative
October 2010

The Manitoba Cancer Registry is recognized as a leader in capturing stage amongst North American cancer registries and is part of a first-of-its-kind initiative that is standardizing the collection of cancer stage information across Canada.

Supported by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies, the goal of the National Staging Initiative is to help cancer system decision-makers target areas of greatest need in cancer control.

Manitoba was the first province to capture stage data on all cancer sites. Since 2004, the Manitoba Cancer Registry...

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The Cost of Apathy: Report Reveals Manitoba Taxpayers To Pay Billions for Unhealthy Living

September 14, 2010

A new Manitoba report finds that obesity, physical inactivity and smoking will cost Manitoba taxpayers $4.7 billion in increased health care expenditures and lost productivity by 2026.

Making the Case for Primary Prevention: An Economic Analysis of Risk Factors in Manitoba, a report funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba (HSFM), the Alliance for the Prevention of Chronic Disease, CancerCare Manitoba and Health in Common is the first report of its kind in Manitoba to provide solid economic data on the long-term cost of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity - risk factors which lead to chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, kidney...

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Home, vehicle smoking bans can ignite decision to be smoke-free

July 8, 2010

A pair of recently published studies may provide hope for parents who fear protecting their children from smoking in the future is out of their reach.

"Enforced home and vehicle smoking bans appear to support youth in maintaining a resolve to not smoke, regardless of the smoking status of the parent," said lead author Dr. Annette Schultz, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba, and an investigator at the PsychoSocial Oncology and Cancer Nursing Research Group at St. Boniface Hospital Research.

Her study...

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Comprehensive report reveals progress in fight against cancer and identifies areas that need attention

June 29, 2010

Reveals need for strengthened systematic approach to achieve improvements

Winnipeg, June 29, 2010 - CancerCare Manitoba?s five year Community Health Assessment (CHA) provides a comprehensive look at how cancer is affecting Manitobans as well as the system that supports them. Released today, the report focuses on the key areas of cancer control - prevention, access, and outcomes - and based on performance system indicators in these areas, the overall picture of cancer care and control in Manitoba is satisfactory, but there is room for improvement.

"One thing this report clearly shows is the need for collective action and that everyone...

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The Masons of Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba Celebrate 25 Years of Partnership

January 15, 2010
On December 18, about 70 young CancerCare Manitoba patients and their families gathered at the MacCharles Unit to cheer, giggle and celebrate at CCMB's 25th Annual Kids' Holiday Party.

The star of the show was Juno Award-winning entertainer, Al Simmons.  Simmons kept the audience singing and smiling with his zany props and his wacky lyrics.  The kids and their guests also enjoyed snacks, gifts and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

A party like this, however, does not come together easily, or for free.  CCMB is grateful to the...

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ColonCheck Manitoba - Take the time to check because it Matters to You

January 7, 2010

Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Manitoba and often there are no symptoms when the disease is in the earliest, most treatable, stages.

"Prevention and early detection are key components of our provincial framework for cancer services," said Health Minister Theresa Oswald. "Colorectal cancer screening will save lives, and we're very pleased that our health providers and our citizens continue to be leaders in this critically important strategy."

To increase awareness about screening and its effectiveness, ColonCheck...

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CancerCare Manitoba Earns Accreditation

December 3, 2009
Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, President and CEO, is pleased to announce that CancerCare Manitoba has been awarded full accreditation, without conditions, by Accreditation Canada. CancerCare Manitoba is the first Cancer Agency in Canada to be evaluated according to QMentum, a new, more rigorous, quantitative process. Accreditation recognizes the achievement of a high standard of excellence. Click here to learn more about...

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Our annual "Cancer Day for Primary Care", on January 22, 2010, will be hosted CCMB's Uniting Primary Care and Oncology Network (UPCON)

December 3, 2009
Our annual "Cancer Day for Primary Care," on January 22, 2010, will be hosted by CCMB's Uniting Primary Care and Oncology Network (UPCON). Click here for program details and registration...

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Cervical Cancer Screening Program's TellEveryWoman campaign takes it to the streets

October 15, 2009

To increase the number of women having Pap tests, Manitoba Cervical Cancer Screening Program (MCCSP) staff will be offering flowers to women in downtown Winnipeg on Friday, October 16 as a way of starting a conversation about why Pap tests are so important.

"Cervical cancer is one of the most easily prevented cancers, if detected early. Going for regular Pap testing is the best thing you can do to reduce your risk of cervical cancer," said Kimberly Templeton, MCCSP program manager.

Program staff and volunteers will be in these areas on Friday, October 16:

The Dr. Jacob Hollenberg Lectureship in Biomedical Science

September 22, 2009

Advances in Treating and Preventing Hormone Dependent Breast Cancer

Dr. Geoffrey L. Greene
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Chicago
Vice Chair, The Ben May Department for Cancer Research
Co-Director, Ludwig Center for Metastasis Research

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building, 730 William Ave.
Admission is free.

Internationally recognized for his work on the function of female hormones in breast cancer, Dr. Greene's research has had a major impact on how breast cancer is...

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CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Chairman retires - Business leader presided over Bears on Broadway

June 29, 2009

Winnipeg, June 26, 2009 - Andrew B. Paterson, Chairman of the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, has retired after almost a decade at the helm of this esteemed organization.

In announcing his retirement at the Foundation's Annual General Meeting, Mr. Paterson reflected on the enduring generosity and commitment of Manitobans to CancerCare Manitoba. "We are thankful because it takes teamwork to conquer cancer....

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Manitoba Prostate Centre at CancerCare Manitoba was officially renamed in honour of Dr. Ernest W. Ramsey

April 22, 2009

The Manitoba Prostate Centre at CancerCare Manitoba was officially renamed in honour of Dr. Ernest W. Ramsey - a superb physician, an excellent teacher and a true visionary.

Dr. Ramsey was dedicated to patient care, research and teaching. It was through his efforts that the Manitoba Prostate Centre was developed and it is only fitting it bear his name.

During the April 17 event, it was announced that in partnership with Manitoba Health and with strong support for vital equipment costs from the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, CancerCare Manitoba will support a novel way of treating...

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CancerCare Manitoba Aboriginal Community Partnership Committee

March 10, 2009

First Nations, Inuit and Metis people are invited to apply for a volunteer position as either a Committee Member or a Task Group Member of the CancerCare Manitoba Aboriginal Community Partnership Committee. Travel and accommodation reimbursement for out-of-town members will be provided. If you are interested in serving on a committee and have the experience we are seeking, please complete the application form and return it to the noted contact.

Committee Goals
The main task of the Committee Members is to give voice to the opinions, ideas, and needs of the...

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Addressing The Risk, Strengthening Care; Province Invests $8.6 Million In New Cancer Funding: Ministers

September 15, 2008

An $8.6-million increase in new cancer funding will improve cancer prevention, help detect cancer earlier, strengthen treatment options and enhance patient care, Health Minister Theresa Oswald and Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

"Earlier this year, we announced new investments to expand cancer prevention and screening, and today we're aggressively building on that work," Oswald said. "We are committed to investing the very significant funds needed to do everything we can to help prevent Manitobans from getting cancer and improving care for those battling the disease."

Today's $8.6-million investment to strengthen the province's strategic cancer...

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Community Cancer Care 2008 Educational Conference

July 4, 2008
Community Cancer Care 2008 Educational Conference -
A Community Cancer Programs Network Event

Offered annually by the Community Cancer Programs Network (CCPN) and CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB), the Community Cancer Care Educational Conference is a continuing education opportunity for health care professionals involved in cancer care.  

Dedicated to providing high quality cancer care to Manitobans, this conference enables health care professionals to come together and participate in innovative educational and networking opportunities designed to meet the diverse needs of this professional group. Staff...

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Province Invests Over $1.7 Million To Bolster Cancer Strategy

April 18, 2008
The province will triple the number of beds dedicated to radiation oncology, fund more than 2,500 additional preventative breast-cancer screenings and hire new staff as part of a package of new investments aimed at cancer prevention and treatment, Health Minister Theresa Oswald and Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.
"As Manitoba's population continues to age, we know we need to make strategic investments in cancer-care programs and services," said Oswald.  "Building on our investments in additional staff and screening services, we can ensure our health-care providers can continue to provide the quality cancer care Manitobans need."

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CancerCare Manitoba Foundation invites all Manitobans to Take The Challenge!

April 9, 2008
CancerCare Manitoba Foundation today launched an innovative event designed to motivate Manitobans of all ages to take an active role in their health and well-being while raising funds for all cancers.

Andrew Paterson, Chairman of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, announced the creation of the Challenge for Life:
a commitment to choosing a healthier lifestyle culminating in a 20 km walk on Saturday, September 27, 2008. "The Foundation is delighted to announce this made-in-Manitoba event in support of all Manitobans and their families living with cancer."

CancerCare Manitoba Foundation also announced that Winnipeg's Hall family will serve as honorary...

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National smoking survey aimed at uncovering youth awareness, habits

March 22, 2007
In partnership with other organizations across Canada, CancerCare Manitoba is coordinating the 2006-2007 Youth Smoking Survey (YSS) for researchers at the Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation and the Population Health Research Group at the University of Waterloo on behalf of Health Canada.

"Nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals," said Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, President and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba. "Smoking as few as 10 packs can get you hooked for life on a deadly habit."

In addition to studying smoking behaviour, the YSS looks at purchasing behaviour, smoking cessation, perceptions of peer smoking and exposure to environmental...

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First province-wide appointment-free Pap test inititive is a success

December 20, 2006
Results are in from the 2006 Pap test week and the Manitoba Cervical Cancer Screening Program (MCCSP) is pleased with the number of women who took up the offer to have an appointment-free Pap test.

"Having 1,578 women make the decision to go and get a Pap test is a great accomplishment," said MCCSP program manager Brenna Shearer-Hood.

"Getting a regular Pap test is important, and I'm pleased to see that so many women took the initiative to go and get tested," said Kerri Irvin-Ross, Minister of Healthy Living. "But while we're happy to see these kinds of results, I want to encourage all women to visit their doctor or go to their community clinic to get tested...

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