October 2011

Successful Launch of a Gynecological Cancer Guide

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Where can women turn for information and support when they are diagnosed with gynecological cancer?

On September 23rd, The Quaich Inc. coordinated and facilitated an Education Day for The New Brunswick Breast and Women’s Cancer Partnership (NBBWCP). The Partnership links New Brunswick women with accurate, up-to-date resources and support services, and launched its new Gynecological Cancer Information Guide at The Future Inns in Moncton.

Many women living with gynecological cancer have had difficulty accessing national, regional or local gynecological cancer resources and support. The Gynecological Cancer Information Guide was created to support women diagnosed with ovarian, cervical or uterine cancer, and lead them to resources to help them through their cancer journey. Designed through consultations with women living with cancer, health care professionals and support organizations, the Guide will be distributed to women who receive a diagnosis of a gynecological cancer by their physician. The Public Health Agency of Canada provided funding for the NBBWCP to create the bilingual Guide, which is the first of its kind in Canada.

The formal launch on September 23rd featured a panel speaking about their experiences and perspectives with gynecological cancer and how the new Gynecological Cancer Information Guide will be beneficial in the delivery of patient care. Speakers included: Elisabeth Ross (CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada), Dr. Carole Williams (Gynecologist - Oncologist), Kathryn Reviczky (Nurse Practitioner) and Victoria Scott, an ovarian cancer survivor. The launch was featured by several news outlets, including CBC Radio, Rogers, Acadie Nouvelles and Times & Transcript.

The New Brunswick Breast and Women’s Cancer Partnership (formerly known as the New Brunswick Breast Cancer Information Partnership) has distributed over 6000 information guides to women living with breast cancer since it created the Purple Violet Breast Cancer Information Kit in 1998. The Partnership, run primarily by volunteers, is very excited about reaching out to nearly 200 women who are diagnosed with a gynecological cancer in New Brunswick each year.

The Quaich Inc. coordinates NBBWCP's project, which has received a 2-year grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Quaich Inc. also facilitates some meetings and does evaluation for the Partnership.

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