I have been a cancer researcher in this province for almost 14 years, but I must say I was always confused about these two very important provincial cancer care-related organizations: the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation and the Provincial Cancer Care Program.
They both have many beneficial activities and support to cancer patients and families in NL. But, what is the difference?
I think I have finally got some clarity around this. If I missed anything, please comment/correct!
For example, the Foundation not only raises funds/money for cancer care, education, and patient and family support, but it also directly supports patients, families, and kids through two financial support programs https://cancercarefoundation.ca/get-support/. Check out their website for further info – a truly astonishing work and support shown to our residents through generosity of many donors. Thank you folks!
On the other hand, The Provincial Cancer Care Program has a focus of cancer control & offers other programs/services designed to help support the patients and families. Important ones include the population cancer screening programs (breast, cervical, and colon cancer screenings), cancer patient navigator program, oncology social work, patient educational materials, nursing and many other services.
Please talk to you doctor if you or someone you know can benefit from these programs.
Whether you are a patient, have a family member or someone you know with cancer, the Cancer Care Foundation and the Provincial Cancer Care Program may bring relief to you and/or other affected individuals.
Till next time.
Sevtap Savas, PhD. July 23, 2022 St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador