The Quebec Cancer Foundation and the Quebec consortium Clinical Research in Oncology (Q-CROC) have entered into a partnership to optimize the support offered to people with cancer and their loved ones.

The Quebec Cancer Foundation offers its vast expertise in supporting people with cancer through its Info-cancer Hotline, one of the only services in Quebec in which experienced oncology nurses, nutritionists and psychologists answer patients' questions and concerns and direct them to a range of programs and services designed to support them through their ordeal. Q-CROC, for its part, coordinates the largest clinical oncology research network in Quebec, and its unique province-wide platform OncoQuébec that facilitates research for clinical trials.
 
By uniting their forces, these two organizations, both pillars in the fields of oncology and clinical research, are giving concrete expression to their common desire to improve the well-being of Quebecers dealing with cancer.
 
This collaboration will allow Q-CROC to redirect people with cancer to the Quebec Cancer Foundation's Info-cancer Hotline to address their needs for support with regard to cancer or clinical trials. Also the Quebec Cancer Foundation’s nurses with experience in oncology will receive complementary training on clinical research from Q-CROC. This  training will ensure that they are better equipped to help interested patients understand clinical trials and evaluate whether participating in a research protocol might be an option during their care.
 
“This partnership is in line with the main thrusts of our 2020-2022 strategic plan entitled Être plus près du monde (Be closer to people) and allows us to get a little closer to our objective, which is to provide tangible support to all Quebecers affected by the disease, regardless of their type of cancer, its stage, their history or where they live. Through this collaboration, we hope not only to facilitate access to clinical research projects for patients, but also to publicize clinical trials so that patients can then discuss them with care teams.” explained Marco Décelles, Director General of the Quebec Cancer Foundation. “The partnership with the Clinical Research in Oncology consortium demonstrates once more that together, we will always be stronger against cancer.” added Marco Décelles.
 
“The more patients participate in clinical trials, the faster new therapies can be tested, licensed and made available to more people dealing with the disease.” added Lucie D'Amours, Executive Director of Q-CROC. “Raising awareness of clinical research among Quebecers affected by cancer is an integral part of Q-CROC's mission. By taking advantage of the complementary nature of the services offered by our organizations, this partnership will facilitate access to information on clinical research and, ultimately, access to clinical trials in oncology by Quebec patients.” concluded Lucie D'Amours.

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