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Champlain Regional Cancer Program
The Champlain Regional Cancer Program and its Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre affiliates are addressing key issues that its patient base has requested through its Wellness after Cancer program and are carefully considering the role of complementary therapies and survivorship needs in cancer care. As a result of this patient-driven mandate, the OICC has been invited to join in the discussion to outline how our Centre is a strategic and responsible partner in answering these needs.
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is the research arm of the Ottawa Hospital and an affiliated institute of the University of Ottawa. Affiliated researchers at the OICC collaborate with the OHRI and will continue to do so to develop critical research needed to move integrative oncology forward in Canada.
Organizations such the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, Prostate Cancer Canada Network Ottawa, the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, the Multiple Myeloma Support Group of Ottawa, and Prevent Cancer Now have invited us to speak to their members to promote public awareness of whole-person cancer care.
There are a number of nationally based research councils working directly with the OICC to help shape the direction of our treatment, research and education arms.
The Complementary Medicine Education and Outcomes Program (CAMEO), focuses on knowledge translation, studying the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) needs of people living with cancer, their support persons, and health care providers, and developing programs and resources to help address those needs. CAMEO brings the latest CAM research to the conventional cancer care setting through education courses and lectures, published documents, and individualized information and decision support consultations.
The Integrative Canadian Oncology (ICON) Research Initiative aims to provide a vision and a voice for integrative oncology research in Canada. Their objectives are to conduct research and use innovative approaches to the investigation of integrative oncology; synthesize knowledge related to integrative oncology; and facilitate knowledge dissemination and exchange that impacts integrative oncology practice, policy and future research.
The Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for CAM Research (IN-CAM) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research network, created to foster excellence in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research in Canada.
Knowledge Translation Networks
Cancer Knowledge Network (CKN) and the OICC have formed a unique partnership, the first of its kind in Canada. The goal is to create a Canada wide peer-reviewed resource to educate and inform oncologists and patients about Integrative Oncology. The information is presented in a practical format so it can be referred to on a daily basis, to provide the opportunity for oncologists, patients and their caregivers to discuss topics that are relevant to their cancer experience. CKN provides valuable, practical resources for people living with cancer, the doctors who treat them, and the loved ones who care for them. CKN offers a wealth of freely accessible information, research findings, practical information, first-person accounts, and other useful materials – all carefully selected by experts.
The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) includes membership from such distinguished groups as the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Block Cancer Centre, as well as the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, a non-profit, multi-disciplinary organization of professionals dedicated to studying and facilitating cancer treatment and the recovery process through the use of integrated complementary therapeutic options. As members of the SIO, our OICC naturopathic doctors and researchers have given numerous lectures at the annual SIO conference in recent years and are helping to shape the agenda for integrative oncology research and treatment from a Canadian perspective.
Voices of Support
“People feel empowered and excited to learn about the benefits of complementary and naturopathic medicine. We believe the Integral Healing program’s teachings will have lasting impact on the care of cancer patients in the Ottawa region.”
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