Alberta Cancer Foundation

Spring 2019: The Communication Issue

In This Issue

Dr. Mokarram Hossain Hopes To Optimize Immunotherapy With His Trailblazing Research
He is finding new and more effective ways to administer immunotherapies

Alida And Leah’s Cancer Quest
The two nine-year-olds from Chestermere worked together to raise $10,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation over the course of three months

How Rural Albertans Helped Raise $181,890 For The Cross Cancer Institute
Calves for Cancer auction demonstrates the generosity of farmers and ranchers

A Joyful Noise
The Bell of Hope tradition is a meaningful milestone for cancer patients

5 Ways Your Donation Has Made An Impact On Cancer Statistics In Alberta
Fifty years ago, only 25 per cent of people survived cancer. Today, that number is closer to 60 per cent — for some cancers it’s closer to 90 per cent.

Food Trends Worth Paying Attention To
Dietitian Christine Fletcher weighs in on some of this year’s emerging themes. Plus, a recipe for living lettuce salad.

What’s Your Personal Workout Style?
Get inspired to try a new workout or chase a goal based on how you approach exercise

Expert Advice On Using Supplements Safely During Cancer Treatment
Registered dietitian Katie Keller explains what supplements are and when they can be helpful

Expert Advice On Cancer And Pain Management
Dr. Sharon Watanabe shares pain management strategies for patients undergoing treatment

Practicing Compassion Through Mindfulness
Dr. Rob Rutledge explores how mindfulness techniques can help doctors communicate more effectively with their patients to improve patient care

What’s Up, Doc? Tips On Talking To Your Doctor
Dr. Margaret Churcher encourages patients to be informed and curious

The Power Of Peer Support
Safe spaces and conversations are vital in de-mystifying breast cancer-related surgeries

Finding The Words To Talk About Death
How to navigate a life-limiting cancer diagnosis

Talking To Friends And Family About Your Cancer Diagnosis
Letting others in brings greater support both to the patient and to their loved ones

Speak Up, Speak Out: The Importance Of Patient Advocacy
Two committees at the Central Alberta Cancer Centre are focused on discovering how to improve patient care — by asking the patients

Glossary Of Commonly-Used Cancer Terms
Knowing the meaning of these words will help you navigate conversations about cancer

Helping Head And Neck Cancer Patients Stay Nourished
The complex challenge is tackled by a dynamic team of four at the Cross Cancer Institute

Surviving And Thriving
After three cancer diagnoses, Frank Lightbound reflects on what “survivorship” means to him

Research Rockstar: Dr. Corinne Doll
She’s committed to the better understanding and treatment of cervical cancer

Improving Patient Experience
Michael Civitella, executive director of operations and facility development for the new Calgary Cancer Centre, looks back on his distinguished career in health-care administration

A First-Head Experience With Mobili-T
Ted Power, a head and neck cancer survivor, discusses his personal experience with Mobili-T clinical trial after undergoing tongue surgery

Why The Charbonneau Family Donates
It’s a tradition that goes back three decades

University Of Calgary Med Students Get A Close Shave At Annual Fundraiser
As the organizer of this year’s Medshave event, Daniel Bailey helped raise $35,000 for cancer care and research

A Living Legacy
How a grandfather’s love and a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino helped raise more than $36,000 for clinical trials