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WHEN
Wednesday February 20, 2019
WHERE
Hilton, DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
About the Forum
01.
1. The People

This February, the Canadian Cancer Society and our stakeholders are gathering Alberta’s greatest minds working to study and treat lung cancer with leaders in primary prevention and supportive care along side every-day Albertans touched by the disease.

02.
2. The Issue

More Albertans died of lung cancer in 2017 than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer combined, yet the continuum for lung cancer is relatively unsupported when compared to other cancers. Improvements and investments are needed along the entire continuum of care from primary prevention, research, and early detection to treatment and supportive care.

Canadian deaths in 2017 (Rounded to nearest thousand)

03.
3. The Goal

We aim to share, learn, and build consensus on a strategy for progress to:

  • reduce the social stigmatization and isolation impacting lung cancer patients;
  • improve processes to support the primary prevention of lung cancer incidence;
  • improve access to lung cancer screening ;
  • improve patient and caregiver supports across the care continuum;
  • promote and improve research, treatment innovation, and investments; and
  • influence a greater shift in the national perspective on lung cancer.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Dr. Robert Thirsk

Dr. Robert Thirsk was born and raised in western Canada. Bob received degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Bob has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps. He first flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996 with six international crewmates as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission. His second flight in 2009 was a six-month expedition aboard the International Space Station. Bob and his five international crewmates performed multidisciplinary research, robotic operations and maintenance of Station systems.

Bob is a Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary. He is a strong promoter of an economy based upon exploration and innovation. He encourages youth to build their dreams upon a foundation of advanced skills and lifelong learning.

Forum Agenda
Breakfast and networking

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Welcome and Setting the Stage

8:15 am – 8:45 am | Chelsea Draeger

Keynote presentation

Dr. Robert Thirsk is a former astronaut who is familiar with the harsh nature of the space environment and the health risks associated with spaceflight. He will discuss the design of future astronaut healthcare delivery systems which will feature autonomous, intelligent and patient-centric delivery models. Dr. Thirsk will then bring his thoughts down to Earth and describe his family’s personal experiences with cancer. Could the operational approaches to deep space healthcare be adapted on Earth to enable earlier diagnosis of the most unmanageable cancers?

8:45 am – 9:30 am | Dr. Robert Thirsk

Pillar breakout sessions: Expert panel pillar recommendation presentations

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Primary prevention and lung cancer screening pillar recommendations

  1. Radon exposure reduction | Dr. Aaron Goodarzi
  2. Commercial tobacco use reduction | Les Hagen/Dr. Brent Friesen
  3. Occupational and environmental exposure reduction | Dr. Cheryl Peters
  4. Lung cancer screening | Dr. Eric Bédard

Supportive care and improved quality of life pillar recommendations

  1. Improving the understanding regarding the needs of patients and family caregivers | Shaneel Pathak
  2. Reducing the gaps in supportive care | Lisa Lamont
  3. Reducing stigma and altering social norms regarding lung cancer | Angeline Webb
  4. Improving palliative and end-of-life care supports for lung cancer patients | Dr. Ingrid de Kock

Research, diagnosis, and treatment pillar recommendations

  1. Diagnosis and treatment continuum | Dr. Don Morris
  2. Research innovation, resource and funding improvements | Dr. Gwyn Bebb
  3. Improved access to access to
    lung cancer drugs | Beth Kidd
Networking/refreshment break

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Continuation of pillar breakout sessions

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:00pm
Breakout consensus sessions

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Facilitated discussions

  1. Primary prevention and lung cancer screening pillar recommendations
  2. Supportive care and improved quality of life pillar recommendations
  3. Research, diagnosis, and treatment pillar recommendations
Networking/refreshment break

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Consensus clarification and discussion of next steps

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm | Dr. Don Morris/Angeline Webb

Closing remarks

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm | Chelsea Draeger

Dinner reception

Forum participants are encouraged to stick around for an evening reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

5:00pm – 7:30pm | Location TBD

Lung Forum participants are encouraged to register for the 2019 Western Canadian Tobacco Reduction Forum being held in tandem with this event on Thursday, February 21st.

Getting There Together will bring together individuals and organizations who champion tobacco reduction research, policy and practice from across western Canada with a focus on achieving a less than 5% smoking prevalence rate by 2035.

Separate registration is required. Abstracts are being accepted until January 31st.

Thursday February 21, 2019 | Hosted by the Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta

Lung Cancer Continuum Pillars
Primary prevention
Smoking remains the most important risk factor for lung cancer – more than 8 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking. However, lung cancer also develops in people who have never smoked. Being exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke, arsenic, asbestos, radioactive dust, or radon can increase the risk of lung cancer. Improved population health with targeted approaches, including setting-change methods, are key to reducing exposure to lung cancer risk factors.
Screening
Currently, there is no population-based screening program for lung cancer. Effective tests and new imaging techniques for identifying early-stage lung cancer could increase survival rates by more than 15 times. Pilot studies are underway in Canada to investigate the feasibility of implementing lung cancer screening programs for high-risk populations, with the aim of detecting disease at an earlier stage when it may respond better to treatment.
Treatment, research and innovation
The lung cancer survival rate is at 17% and is one of the most fatal cancers. For lung cancer patients, hope for survival will come from innovative and improved treatment options, including individual patient-customized therapies. This also includes improvements in understanding lung cancer causes, magnitude, impacts on quality of life as well as treatment outcomes which requires as a robust lung cancer research and surveillance program.
Supportive care & Improved quality of life
Supportive care helps people meet the physical, practical, emotional, social and spiritual challenges of lung cancer and is an important part of cancer care. This includes families and caregivers. Improving supports for patient and family needs, particularly at the palliative stage, will have a positive impact on patients and their families. As well, a lung cancer diagnosis carries a specific burden due to stigmatization. It is important to support the development of initiatives that can help change social norms concerning this unique burden.

Lung Forum participants are encouraged to register for the 2019 Western Canadian Tobacco Reduction Forum being held in tandem with this event on Thursday, February 21st.

Getting There Together will assemble individuals and organizations who champion tobacco reduction research, policy, and practice from across western Canada with a focus on achieving a less than 5% smoking prevalence rate by 2035. 

Separate registration is required. Abstracts are being accepted until January 31st.

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