Press Releases

Save Your Skin Foundation Applauds Health Canada’s Approval of BAVENCIO™ (avelumab for injection) for the treatment of metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC)

“Canadians living with metastatic MCC are in urgent need of access to new therapeutic options to treat their aggressive disease – they simply don’t have the luxury of time,” says Kathy Barnard, Founder of Save Your Skin Foundation. “We applaud Health Canada’s approval of BAVENCIO, which provides new hope for patients and their loved ones.”

VANCOUVER – February 23, 2018 – Read more


Canadian Patient Groups Call on Federal Health Minister to Halt the Process Examining Proposed Amendments to the Patented Medicine Regulations Pending Constructive Consultations

“Access, appropriate use and affordability are the pillars of our healthcare goals in Canada and we encourage comprehensive dialogue with patient organizations, industry and government to identify strategies and methods to maintain this balance,” said Louise Binder of Save Your Skin Foundation.  “We can’t jeopardize our current standard of care, especially in this era of unprecedented medical innovation and breakthrough therapies.”

TORONTO – February 15, 2018 – Read more


CONECTed Welcomes the Ontario PC Party’s Commitment to Improving Healthcare for Cancer Patients and Calls on Other Parties to Match These Platform Statements

“We recognize the importance of a sustainable, affordable health care system and also the importance of access to badly needed cancer treatments for people who would otherwise have terrible quality of life and a much shorter lifespan,” says Kathy Barnard, cancer survivor, Founder of Save Your Skin Foundation, and CONECTed steering committee member. “While innovative drugs are high priced, the provinces can negotiate risk sharing arrangements with the manufacturers that will save money in the drug budget…”

TORONTO – November 30, 2017 – Read more


Drug Pricing Policy Summit 2017: Measuring Progress and Making our Mark

Health System Transformation ~ Patients Share Vision and Engage Decision-Makers

November 15 – 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

TORONTO – November 2017 – Read more


CONECTed Shining a Spotlight on the Lack of Transparency When it Comes to Access to Cancer Treatments

With federal, provincial, and territorial health ministers meeting in Edmonton later this week, a Canadian cancer patient network is expressing its concern about the lack of transparency in the pan-Canadian review process that formalizes recommendations on the funding of cancer therapies on public drug plans.

EDMONTON – October 18, 2017 – Read more


#CancerChanged Campaign Launched to Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 4th 2017

#CancerChanged is a series of documentary-style photo essays that bring to life the stories of Canadian men and women living with advanced cancers. The series aims to highlight hope and survivorship through the lens of award-winning Canadian photojournalists. The #CancerChanged campaign gives an authentic glimpse into the lives of people living longer with advanced cancers to foster hope, understanding and peer-to-peer support. It aims to drive awareness that cancer survival is changing from the time of diagnosis to the outcome of a person’s life.

VANCOUVER – June 1, 2017 – Read more


Federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott’s announcement today at the Economic Club of Canada on “improving affordability, accessibility and appropriate use of drugs in Canada,” may well have a profound impact on drug prices in the country.

The many patient organizations participating in the Drug Pricing Policy Working Groups encourage relevant stakeholders to reconsider the way we measure the value of potential lifesaving drugs, enhance drug access in Canada and address high priced pharmaceuticals.

OTTAWA – May 16, 2017 – Read more


Save Your Skin Foundation Leads Patient Advocacy Initiative To Push For Equal, Timely Access To Innovative New Cancer Treatments
Thanks to the emergence of innovative new treatments, the last two years have marked a dramatic shift in how we look at cancer. These new treatments mean that cancer patients are not only seeing increased survival rates, but also experiencing a better quality of life while in treatment than was ever possible with standard therapies. The challenge with new treatments is ensuring that they are made accessible to patients who need them. The Save Your Skin Foundation’s advocacy initiatives are pushing for a more transparent, efficient, and agile approach to drug approval and provincial funding decisions.

VANCOUVER – April 26, 2017


Patient advocacy experts gather to start a conversation on cancer immunotherapy in Canada
Inaugural patient summit brings together experts across oncology to collaborate on patient access to innovative cancer treatments and foster collaboration among patient groups and the medical community to improve patient outcomes
TORONTO – March 27, 2017


JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT Major Step Forward in Accessing New Life-Extending Medication for Advanced Metastatic Lung, Melanoma and Kidney Cancer Patients

pCPA negotiations concluded. Provinces and Territories encouraged to quickly list.
TORONTO – February 13, 2017


Important New Cancer Treatments Approved By Health Canada Marred By Major Provincial Reality Disconnect For Patients

Patient access to innovative new cancer treatments seriously limited by provincial funding recommendations across Canada
TORONTO – November 22, 2016


Health Canada Approves First-ever Combination of Two Immuno-Oncology Agents for Metastatic Melanoma
Health Canada approves the OPDIVO® + YERVOY® regimen for previously untreated patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma

VANCOUVER – October 31, 2016


ESMO (European Society for Medical Oncology) Breaks Records for Attendance and the Quality of Science Presented    

Save Your Skin Foundation attends ESMO 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark,  taking part in the annual congress impacting the practice of oncology across the globe 

VANCOUVER – October 12, 2016


Canadians with advanced skin cancer share their disease journey in empowering photo series: Melanoma Through My Lens
Campaign aims to raise awareness about different forms of the life-threatening skin cancer and its impact on patients and their families
TORONTO – August 17, 2016


Save Your Skin Foundation Recognizes National Cancer Survivors Day (Sunday, June 5th) with Greater Hope for Advanced Melanoma Survival 

On the tenth anniversary of the Foundation, Cancer Survivors Day also marks a survivorship milestone for Save Your Skin Founder, Kathleen Barnard 

VANCOUVER – June 2, 2016


Save Your Skin Foundation is Creating a Healthier and More Sun Safe Canada 
May is Melanoma Awareness Month and the Canadian Foundation will roll out initiatives across the country to build greater awareness of skin cancer

VANCOUVER – April 28, 2016


Save Your Skin Foundation Wants You To Know It’s #NotJustSkinCancer

Tweets Inspired by Real Online Conversations Shed Light on Need for Greater  Skin Cancer Awareness and Education

VANCOUVER – March 30, 2016


Together, #WeCanICan create awareness of #WorldCancerDay on February 4th!

Save Your Skin Foundation Participates in World Cancer Day #WeCanICan campaign, an Initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

VANCOUVER – February 4, 2016



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