Nearly 100 people attended the Colloque sur la recherche qui soigne : le cancer du sein en point de mire held on Saturday, October 20 in Sherbrooke. The organizing partners, namely the McPeak-Sirois Group for Clinical Research in Breast Cancer, the CHUS Research Center and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, welcome the great success of this first edition.
Participants had the opportunity to hear lectures from world-renowned researchers as well as a roundtable featuring two patients who talked about their participation in a clinical trial. The main purpose of this event was to promote clinical research in breast cancer but it also gave the opportunity to publicly announce the partnership between the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS and the McPeak-Sirois Group.
“This Symposium and this partnership are concrete actions part of the Programme Accès-recherche, launched in May 2017 with the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, the purpose of which is to help improve care for patients with breast cancer from all regions in Quebec ” said Dominique Johnson, Managing Director of the Group.
How to Participate in a clinical trial in breast cancer:
Anyone who is interested should first check with their doctor and mention their wish to participate in a clinical trial. Several selection criteria must be met in order to participate in such trials and only a doctor can validate them. The doctor could refer the patient to a colleague who is involved in clinical trials. Patients can also contact directly one of the hospitals that is part of the McPeak-Sirois Group.
Patricia Gauthier (CEO, CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS), Dr. William Fraser (Scientific Director, CRCHUS), Jean-Luc Mongrain (Guest of honor), Dr. André Robidoux (Surgical Oncologist, CHUM), Dr. Eric Turcotte (Nuclear Medicine Specialist, CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS), Dre Rachel Bujold (Radio-oncologist, CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS), Dr. Michel Pavic (Oncologist, CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS), Julie Rogers and Ginette Dostie (Clinical trial participants), Lynda Durand (Guest of honor), Nathalie Tremblay (CEO, Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation), Susan McPeak and Charles Sirois (Co-founders, McPeak-Sirois Group), Dre Marie-Claude Battista (Scientific lead at the CRCHUS Clinical and Epidemiological Research Unit) and Dominique Johnson (Managing Director, McPeak-Sirois Group)