Supporting Cancer Research in Ontario
Through Ontario government funding, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is providing $6.4 million to the Health Services Research Program. The funding is part of the province's ongoing support for world-class research projects to improve cancer care and prevention. Health Services Research Program projects include:
Helping Chemo Patients Avoid the ER
A concerning number of cancer patients -- almost half -- who received chemotherapy after surgery for breast and colon cancer visit an emergency room during their treatment. Through the new Ambulatory Toxicity Management project, researchers are studying the effect of proactive symptom monitoring to help improve the safety and quality of life for patients receiving chemotherapy so they can better manage their treatment and avoid ER visits.
Improving the Management of Pain in Cancer Patients in Ontario
One-third of cancer patients with high pain scores do not have their medication adjusted to treat this pain. This project focuses on helping cancer patients manage their pain better to improve their quality of life.
(Led by Dr. Lisa Barbera, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)
Improving Chronic Disease Outcomes in Cancer Survivors
Nearly half a million Ontarians have had cancer. Studies show that patients who also have a chronic condition, like diabetes, face additional challenges because of their cancer history. Investigators are exploring the effect of diabetes on the quality of cancer care, and of cancer on the quality of diabetes care to help improve life for patients.
(Led by Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, Women's College Research Institute)
Improving Follow-up of Abnormal gFOBT in Ontario
Almost 30 per cent of patients with abnormal colon cancer screening results did not have timely follow up. This project began in 2009 studying ways to increase the number of people participating in cancer screening. Now, researchers are speaking with physicians and patients to identify common barriers, performing a systemic review to identify interventions and setting up a randomized intervention study to ensure necessary follow up after screening.
(Led by Dr. Jill Tinmouth, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)