Rimouski, November 13, 2017 - The Association du cancer de l'Est du Québec and the Quebec Cancer Foundation are proud to announce their new partnership aimed at optimizing support for people dealing with cancer and their loved ones in every corner of Quebec. Their common goal is to facilitate access to services, and together, offer a wider range of resources that respond to specific needs in the lives of thousands of Quebecers facing cancer.

A long-term collaboration agreement

With their combined forces, the Association du cancer de l'Est du Québec and the Quebec Cancer Foundation will be able to provide optimal service to all regions of Quebec. The Association is firmly implanted in the Lower Saint Lawrence, North Shore, Gaspé and Magdalene Islands regions, while the Foundation is equally well established in all other areas of the province. They have both been committed to improving the quality of life of these communities for close to four decades.


Easier access to complementary services

For both partner organizations, maximizing support for those affected by the disease involves sharing expertise and tools, and reciprocity in promoting the activities and support services provided by each. One important feature of the processes introduced by the Association and the Foundation is that one organization can refer clients to the other when the latter is better equipped to respond to expressed needs.

"What we are aiming for is the complementarity of the services developed by the two organizations in order to better meet the needs of Quebecers affected by cancer. Rather than duplicate services, the Association and the Foundation will amalgamate the ones they already offer and ensure that their development efforts complement each other," Marco Décelles, Director General of the Quebec Cancer Foundation announced at the press conference.
 
Nelson Charette, Director General of the Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec added: "The benefits of this partnership are many: greater ease of access to a wider range of services tailored to the needs of individuals affected by cancer, optimal use of funds dedicated to the development of these services, and enhanced coherence between the services developed, making it possible to address a wider spectrum of needs. One could say that this partnership allows each organization to offer new services without necessarily having to develop them.”

For example, the Association will now be able to refer young patients to the Foundation's Programme à Félix, which is designed to provide support to cancer sufferers 15-39 years of age and their loved ones. They can also refer callers to the Info-Cancer Hotline, where experienced nurses and documentalists in oncology respond to questions and concerns of every kind, and direct them to appropriate resources based on identified needs. Similarly, the Foundation will make sure to refer those affected by cancer to the Association’s verslemieuxetre.tv platform, where they can participate in webcast workshops on various themes.

United, we are stronger against cancer

Also present at the press conference was Julie Côté, a native of Rimouski and mother of two. She acknowledged the joint efforts being made by these two organizations, whose common goal is to better inform and accompany those dealing with cancer, a disease that has affected five members of her own family. She herself carries the BRCA2 gene mutation, which puts her at high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. She said: "The message that is important to me and that I want to get across to others is the importance of learning. By the time my mother learned she had cancer, I had a hard time finding the information required to get the support she needed. Today, I salute the initiative of the Association and the Foundation, two organizations that are important to me and have chosen to work together to facilitate access to services that can bring about real improvements in the daily lives of people dealing with the disease.”


About the Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec

For 35 years, the Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec has reinvested all the donations it receives into the Lower Saint Lawrence, North Shore, Gaspé and Magdalene Islands regions. It strives to establish and maintain services that provide comfort and support to those affected by cancer, helping them to feel better both physically and mentally. Among the range of services it offers are the warm welcome at the Hotel Omer-Brazeau, mutual assistance and support at every stage of treatment, talks and workshops on the web, informative publications in non-technical language, a variety of activities offered on the territory and at its Cendrine and Philippe Wellness Center, and a host of other services!
1-800-463-0806 | aceq.org | Facebook : Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec

About the Quebec Cancer Foundation

For more than 35 years, the Quebec Cancer Foundation has been the major organization specifically dedicated to dealing with people with cancer, a disease that affects one person in two in Quebec and has multiple impacts on daily life. Through its centres in Montreal, Quebec City, Eastern Townships, Outaouais and Mauricie, the Foundation offers cancer patients and their families services adapted to specific needs and facilitates access to oncology treatment. Its Program à Félix has been specially developed to help cancer sufferers aged 15 to 39. In addition, through its Info-Cancer Services, the Foundation offers free listening, answers and solace all over Quebec.

Info-cancer: 1-800-363-0063 | cancerquebec.com | Facebook: fqcancer
 
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For further information:         
Élodie Grange, Communications and Public Relations Director
Quebec Cancer Foundation
Tel.: 514-527-2194 / Email: egrange@fqc.qc.ca
 
Sylvie Renaud, Communications Director
Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec
Tel.: 418-724-0600, extension 2034 / Email: srenaud@aceq.org