Collective Oncology Network for Exchange, Cancer Care Innovation, Treatment Access and Education


Immunotherapies are one of the greatest evolutions to emerge in the field of oncology, harnessing the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, and providing patients with metastatic and advanced cancer a real chance of survival. As new innovative medicines come to the Canadian market, questions of sustainability of our health care system continue to take precedence over the conversation.


In 2015, The Save Your Skin Foundation invited a group of leaders in patient advocacy to discuss the need for a network focused on Immuno-oncologies and dedicated to ensuring access to these important therapies for cancer patients in Canada. Since then, CONECTed, a collective of patient advocates, has been dedicated to raising awareness of the needs of cancer patients through a unified and cohesive patient voice and has been involved in addressing issues within the system, at the government level and in HTA both related to immuno-oncology and other therapies.


We are using our leadership to bridge the gap that currently exists within the system, and to help bring to the table evidence-based solutions that improve access to innovative oncology therapies and approaches that promote high-quality care and improved patient outcomes. Our focus is an interdisciplinary approach to improving patient outcomes through policy shaping, solution building, education and system change so that all cancer patients can have access to cancer drugs regardless of socio-economic status, postal code or other barriers.


A world where all people living in Canada get equal and timely access to safe, effective treatments that improve patient outcomes (free of barriers).



Ensure the right environment exists in Canada for cancer patients to have access to cancer therapies.



Patient groups working together to promote greater education and understanding of therapies to ensure that Canadians have equal, timely access to these therapies, companion diagnostics and supportive care.

Steering Committee

Kathleen Barnard, Save Your Skin Foundation

Louise Binder, Save Your Skin Foundation

Annette Cyr, Melanoma Network of Canada

Martine Elias, Myeloma Canada

Elizabeth Lye, Lymphoma Canada

Christina Sit, Lung Cancer Canada

Barry Stein, Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada

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Press Release


The #CancerChanged campaign showcases the changing face of cancer and the quality of life that cancer patients are living with during and after a cancer diagnosis, to provide hope and inspiration to others faced with the same path. Through documentary style photo essays shot by award winning Canadian photo journalists these cancer patients are sharing their story of survivorship and celebrating life after a cancer diagnosis.


“We encourage anyone affected by cancer to use #CancerChanged and to post a picture to social media to share their own experience and story of survivorship, whether it’s been three months or 10 years”.


Storytelling: One survivor at a time





Patient Group Pathway Model to Accessing Cancer Clinical Trails Consensus Meetings
June 13, 2017, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT ~ Loews Hotel Vogue, Montreal, Quebec


National Cancer Survivors Day
June 4, 2017


IO Network Patient Leader Education Summit 2017
March 31 – April 1, 2017, Toronto, Ontario
This meeting brought together experts across oncology to review present and future directions for oncology research and clinical care, describe the review and reimbursement pathway including challenges and barriers to access, and identify areas where patient advocates can collaborate to overcome some of the barriers to translate to increased access to innovative therapies and improved patient outcomes. Read more



Lia Iapaolo, Project Manager, CONECTed

CONECTed will soon be launching it’s own website.

Come back soon, more info coming!

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