Children with cancer experience pain, often severe and prolonged, over the course of their disease and treatment. We are partnering with “The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research” and a research team of internationally known health researchers and clinicians led by Dr. Christine Chambers (IWK Health Centre) and Dr. Jennifer Stinson (SickKids) to bring the best research evidence about children’s cancer pain to parents who need it through social media
Unfortunately, we know that children with cancer don’t always receive the best pain management possible, and that parents are often looking for more solutions at a time when they are stressed and exhausted. We cannot think of a better way to use our trusted CKN platform than to fast track evidence-based information to parents, allowing them to serve as powerful advocates to help improve their children’s pain management.
We will be addressing this problem through a social media campaign for parents: “Making Cancer Less Painful For Kids” (#KidsCancerPain). The campaign is funded by a research grant from the Canadian Cancer Society.
Over the next 12 months, we will be bringing parents the very best, cutting-edge research evidence about children’s cancer pain – what causes it, common myths, how to assess it, how to treat it, and more! And we’ll be sharing this information with parents in a series of blogs, videos, images, Facebook posts, and Twitter chats, all posted and shared on our website and social media. The research team will be studying the reach of the campaign and its impact on parents.
A Note from the CKN Team
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an important time for many people in the cancer community. It’s a time to promote awareness and education and to raise funds for research.
This month, we’ll be publishing a new series entitled, “Breast Cancer Connections: My personal relationship with the month of October.”
* We’ll hear survivor perspectives on “pink washing” and the corporate sales and marketing campaigns we see at this time of year.
* We’ll hear from physicians about the need to educate young women about fertility issues.
* We’ll hear about the “orphan disease” and what October means to male breast cancer survivors.
* We’ll hear from caregivers who tirelessly advocate the need to educate young women about the signs of early stage breast cancer.
* And above all, we’ll hear all these voices gather together in unison to say Breast Cancer Awareness is making a difference…it’s helping to save lives.
Click here to join us this month as we explore these issues and more!!
If it weren’t for the AWARENESS postings in October, I may not have gone in for my mammogram. I may not have learned that I have breast cancer. I may not have had my tumor removed. I may not have had the chemo and the radiation to kill any remaining cancer cells in my body. And I may not have lived to see BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH come around the following year. During October, I will spread awareness and a ton of gratitude for more reasons than I can count! ~Shelly Straub
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Oncofertility Referral Network
Oncofertility has emerged as a new interdisciplinary approach to address the reproductive future of young men, women, and children facing a life-preserving but fertility threatening cancer diagnosis. The CKN Oncofertility Referral Network is a nationwide platform that links patients, physicians and fertility clinics to ensure time-sensitive needs are met in providing fertility options for young cancer patients as they embark on treatment.