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Cancer forum at the PCCM – January 21, 2017

by Elizabeth Huynh & Sue Kapilik

Photos by Alex Canlapan

On Saturday, January 21, CancerCare Manitoba teamed up with the Friends of Filipino Immigrants in Manitoba and Pinays MB Inc. to host a Cancer forum at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba. The goal was to hear from community members about their cancer experiences and talk about some of the people and programs at CancerCare Manitoba who can help provide information and support.

Many of us have been affected by cancer, whether personally or through a family member or friend. Macky Bordeos, a travel nurse at McCare Global Healthcare Services Inc., shared his story about cancer’s impact on his family, and how those experiences changed the way he provides care to his patients.

Cheryl Dizon-Reynante, a counselor with CancerCare Manitoba Patient & Family Support Services shared at the event, “We want people to know that cancer impacts the whole person, not just their body. It can be helpful for people with cancer and their family members to talk things through with someone from our department.”

Cheryl also talked about the wide variety of free programing that is available to people with cancer, from support groups to activity groups. If you or your family would like to learn more about emotional support on the cancer journey, call 204-788-2109 for Patient & Family Support Services

Milagros (Maya) Duque, a nurse navigator with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority works with people so they receive timely and appropriate access to quality care and improved coordination of this care. Maya said, “We guide and support cancer patients and their families through the entire cancer journey. The Navigation Team works closely with the entire health care team to coordinate care and help patients’ access referrals, resources, and other helpful supports.”

If you or a loved one has been told that you might have cancer, call 1-855-837-5400 to talk to the Navigation Team.

After lunch, participants took part in group discussions where they shared how cancer has affected them and what kind of information they would like brought to the next community event. The day concluded with the awarding of many door prizes; including FitBits, a crock pot, and a magic bullet to name a few.

The team at CancerCare Manitoba looks forward to continuing to work with the Filipino community to bring you more events on cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and support.