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Norwegian delegates visited GIPPEC and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

From left to right: Lesley Chalklin, Caitlin Doherty, Stein Kaasa, Gary Rodin, Camilla Zimmermann and Jon Harvard Loge

On December 6-7, Dr. Stein Kaasa, chair of the European Palliative Care Research Centre and Professor Jon Harvard Loge from Norway visited the Department of Supportive Care and our global institute, GIPPEC at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

During this short and eventful visit, Dr. Kaasa and Professor Loge toured the Palliative Care Inpatient Unit, the ELLISCR Cancer Rehab and...

GIPPEC Launches the Kenya Quality of Death and Dying Study

After months of planning across two continents by the collaborative research teams in Canada and in Africa, mid-October 2016 was a flurry of activity as Richard Powell (local Principal Investigator) and Nancy Gikaara (Research Assistant) traversed Kenya to launch the quality of death and dying (QODD) study in three local hospices (Eldoret, Nairobi and Nyeri) and at the national palliative care body, the Kenya Hospice and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA).

Nancy Gitakka (left) with...

GIPPEC Symposium on the Access to Palliative and End-of-Life Care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

The 2nd annual GIPPEC symposium, held on November 15 and 16 in Toronto, focused on improving access to palliative and end-of-life care for the First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) communities.

Following a traditional smudging ceremony, the symposium kicked off with the keynote speaker, Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Chair in Northern and Indigenous Health and Senior Scientist at Health Science North Research Institute, examining the historical, geographic, language and cultural barriers leading to poor health outcomes for indigenous peoples across Canada.

Establishing CALM Centre of Excellence in Ferrara, Italy

The first project coming out of the partnership between GIPPEC and the University of Ferrara is to establish a CALM Centre of Excellence in Italy in 2017.

CALM or Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully is an individualized therapy designed to help patients manage the challenges of living with cancer, reduce distress and promote psychological well-being.  

This particular project will train and provide supervision to local health care providers delivering the CALM therapy to patients, with the goal of the CALM therapy becoming...

In her own words: Patient explains her decision to seek Medical Assistance in Dying

She's authentic. She's thoughtful. She's articulate.

An 82-year-old cancer patient recently discussed with Dr. Gary Rodin, Head of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, her decision to receive Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).

"It's a personal decision," the woman, who preferred her name not be used, says in the interview.

Four days after the interview was filmed, she received MAID surrounded by close friends.

With the permission of the patient, the interview was filmed...

Providing the best care to older adults with cancer

On the International Day of Older Persons, we spoke to Dr. Shabbir Alibhai, Medical Lead for the Older Persons with Cancer Clinic about how to provide the best care to older adults with cancer.

GIPPEC: Dr. Alibhai, How are the needs of older adults with cancer different from younger people with cancer?

Dr. Alibhai: As people get older, there is more often complexity with aging, meaning that...

Assisted dying is legal – Now what

The Department of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and GIPPEC developed an education platform, including a series of videos showing health professionals how to respond to patients who express a desire for assisted dying.

This is in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in February 2015, which struck down the ban on medical assistance in dying (MAID) for patients meeting specific eligibility requirements.

To see the framework and the education material visit: http://www.uhn.ca/healthcareprofessionals/MAID/

Call for Abstract: Transatlantic collaboration: Enhancing clinical care through palliative care research

In this seminar, researchers will share their experiences of conducting collaborative research within Canada and in both North America and Europe. The seminar will provide great opportunities to connect, share experiences and discuss across cross-cultural differences related to traditions and experiences with palliative care.

Panel Speakers: Stein Kaasa, Gary Rodin, and Rebecca Wong

Invited Speakers: Robin Fainsinger, Camilla Zimmermann, Per Sjøgren,Jon Håvard...

Access to assisted dying by people with mental illnesses

Here is Dr. Scott Kim, psychiatrist and bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), presenting his research on medical assisted death in patients with non-terminal conditions and psychiatric disorders in the Netherlands. The research adds empirical evidence to the debate about assisted dying, particularly concerning vulnerable persons or people with mental health issues.

Dr. Kim was the featured speaker at the Open Conversation about Assisted Dying, an event hosted by GIPPEC along with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and...

Assisted dying is not Palliative Care

Echoing the view of Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association, GIPPEC urges the public not to confuse assisted dying with palliative care.

While it's true that palliative care advocates believe in choices - people need to know their end-of-life options, and they need to know them ahead of time, having choices does not only mean choosing whether to receive assisted death or not. Assisted dying is simply one of the many choices people...

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