New Research Consortium for Cancer Survivorship Research

Written By Maedean Brown
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The Canadian Cancer Survivorship Research Consortium (CCSRC) was officially launched on February 21, 2014. This follows five years of collaboration and developmental work among Canadian researchers driven by the CCSRC’s Steering Committee, led by Dr. Jennifer Jones (Director of Research, Cancer Survivorship Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) and Dr. Arminee Kazanjian (Co-Director, Centre for Survivorship Research, Provincial Survivorship Program, BC Cancer Agency).

What is the CCSRC?

The overall objective of the CCSRC is to develop a strong body of cancer survivorship knowledge in Canada by creating an effective Canadian research community, building research teams and projects, effectively translating research findings into practice, and mentoring the next generation of researchers.

Why is the CCSRC important?

There are currently over 1 million cancer survivors in Canada, a number expected to double by 2020. The growing numbers of cancer survivors is a great achievement. But the impact of cancer on the lives of survivors and their families is profound and poses a new set of complex challenges for survivors, families and our health care system. Members of the consortium are involved in a number of exciting initiatives in identified priority areas including: interventions to improve continuity of care in the follow-up of patients with cancer; cancer rehabilitation; supportive care interventions delivered both on-line and in-person; identification and management of on-going and late physical and psychosocial effects of cancer; and the use of knowledge translation and exchange models to implement cancer survivorship programs and guidelines.

Who is involved?

The Consortium brings together leading researchers, clinicians, cancer organizations and policy makers to promote survivorship research and knowledge.

“The CCSRC is an ambitious and timely initiative that will foster rigorous cancer survivorship studies that will inform policy and practice to make a difference to cancer patients and families” said Dr. Jones.

Partnership and membership is open to any organization or researcher that is interested in collaboration to promote and advance cancer survivorship knowledge.

Visit the Consortium’s website for more information.