MEMBER CONTACT INFORMATION
University of Calgary | Calgary, Canada
University of Alberta | Edmonton, Canada
BC Cancer Agency | New Westminster, Canada
Tom Baker Cancer Centre | Calgary, Canada
TO IMPROVE CARE FOR OLDER ADULTS WITH CANCER IN CANADA THROUGH PAN-CANADIAN COLLABORATION
To develop a mission statement
To develop a national inventory of who is interested in geriatric oncology and what is currently being developed in the areas of education, research, and clinical care
To start monthly one-hour teleconference calls open to anyone interested
To connect with potential sponsors (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, cancer foundations, specialty groups, patient advocacy groups)
To establish in-person meetings at other scientific conferences such as American Society of Clinical Oncology, Canadian Geriatrics Society, etc.
To connect with other groups such as surgical oncology to increase collaborations and share resources
To develop ongoing opportunities for networking and collaborate on papers that speak about efforts by this network
To identify education, clinical and research leaders interested in promoting geriatric oncology across Canada
To develop mentoring strategies for clinicians, educators, and researchers interested in geriatric oncology
To foster collaboration on grants to develop shared projects to facilitate recruitment and develop expertise
To organize CNAC by region (geographical, subspecialty) to facilitate networking at other meetings throughout the year.
To leverage strengths from different sites through collaboration to lead to a greater goal-e.g., clinical expertise at one institution could help inform and review priorities and support research using help from research infrastructure at other sites.
To improve awareness about geriatric oncology through organizing workshops and sharing data to help develop collaborations and develop best clinical practice. To raise the profile of CNAC by ensuring its involvement in these presentations at conferences.
To promote advocacy – e.g. to get into major regional or national guideline committees (e.g. Canadian provincial cancer organizations, Canadian Cancer Research Alliance) to help as well as to connect with patient advocacy groups to reach out to patients themselves to advocate for geriatric oncology
To identify permanent administrative support for the network/website/emails
The population is aging. By 2036, adults 65 years and older will make up 25% of Canada’s population. Older adults already make up the majority of patients diagnosed with cancer. The aging of the population will drive the large expected increase in cancer incidence in coming years. Yet older adults are under-represented in studies and data is lacking on how best to care for older adults with cancer.
The Canadian Network on Aging and Cancer (CNAC) is an initiative to link clinicians, educators and researchers interested in geriatric oncology across Canada to address the aging cancer population and develop a national collaborative network to improve care of older adults in Canada.
An initial in person meeting was held April 2016 and was funded through a meeting and research grant from the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR). Results from this meeting have been published:
Population is aging – patients 65 and over will form 25% of population.
Currently, older adults make up 60% of all newly diagnosed cancers and 70% of all cancer deaths.
Patients age 65 and over are 11 x more likely to develop cancer than younger adults.
OLDER ADULTS, AGE 65 AND OVER
ARE UNDER-REPRESENTED IN CLINICAL TRIALS
They represent 22% of those enrolled in Canadian cancer clinical studies,
but 58% of those diagnosed with cancer