RCN Retreat 2018

The Rossy Cancer Network held its 4th Annual Retreat at Centre Mont-Royal in Montreal on November 16, 2018 and the day was a resounding success!

Close to 210 physicians, nurses, allied health professionals,  researchers and patient representatives came together to review the work undertaken in the network in the past year and to provide input on the direction of initiatives that will affect trajectories of care, surgical quality, as well as optimizing access to clinical trials and to nurse navigators (IPOs).

Guest speaker Dr. Monika Krzyzanowska from Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, chair of the 2018 ASCO Quality of Care symposium and past Clinical Lead for Quality Care and Access at Cancer Care Ontario discussed solutions for re-engineering models of care to better manage patient symptoms during treatment.

To view or download selected material from the Retreat, please click on the links below to access the PDF files.



*The presentations provided here are for personal use only.  Please do not modify or distribute them without the author's permission. Contact ana.pauna [at] mcgill.ca for contact information.

RCN Year in Review - Wilson Miller  

Integrated Patient Focus Trajectory of Care for Lung - Jason Agulnik, Johnathan Spicer 

Re-engineering Models of Care for Managing SymptomsMonika Krzyzanowska

Developing a Coordinated Response to Patient Screening - Nathalie Aubin,  Ekaterina Tsimberis

What do patients tell us about their Care Experience? - Carmen Loiselle 

RCN Cancer Quality & Innovation Program - Ari Meguerditchian 

PD-L1 testing of EBUS-TBNA samples for the diagnosis and staging of NSCLCAnne Gonzalez 

Integrating Medical Cannabis into Standard Clinical Care  - Antonio Vigano 

Impact of Long-term Opioid Use on Healthcare Resources - Siyana Kurteva 

The Positive Impact of CNA Certification on Nursing Retention & Engagement - Maya Jeanty

Responding to the Unique Challenges of Patients with Hematological Malignancies - Victoria Korsos  

Towards Early Referral to Palliative Care and Improved Documentation of Goals of Care  - Manuel Borod 

The Impact of Systematic Pre-Screening of Cancer Patients on Clinical Trial Accrual - Jean-François Boileau 


*The posters provided here are for personal use only.  Please do not modify or distribute them without the author's permission. Contact ana.pauna [at] mcgill.ca for contact information.

High-Impact Projects

Integrated Patient Focus Trajectory of Care for Lung Cancer Patients

Oncology Urgent Care Centres at the Rossy Cancer Network 

Improving access to IPO services: Laying the groundwork to implement a model of care across the RCN partner hospitals 

Disease Site Groups

Breast: Improving accrual to interventional clinical trials and assessing diagnostic and genetic testing practices

Genitourinary: Quality of care for bladder cancer patients and rate of salvage radiation therapy in patients with biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy

Gynecology: A Summary of Activities and a Showcase of What’s Ahead 

Hematology: Responding to the unique challenges of patients with hematologic malignancies 

Hematology: Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Screening and Associated Outcomes in Malignant Hematology Patients Receiving Rituximab Therapy within the RCN 

Head & Neck: Decreasing PEG Complications and Improving Communication for Head and Neck Cancer Patients receiving Chemo-Radiation 

Quality Council 

Adult clinical trial participation across the RCN: how do we compare to the rest of Canada?

The experience of patients with cancer at diagnosis and during treatment: A report on the results of the RCN survey from 2014-2018 

The pivot nurse navigator role linked to an enhanced patient experience and higher satisfaction with cancer care 

CQI Research Grants

Prevention and Management of Intravesical BCG-related Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms with Prophylactic Pentosan Polysulphate in Patients with Non-Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial - Lysanne Campeau 

Quality of end-of-life care of patients with prostate cancer - Alice Dragomir 

Radiomics with artificial intelligence for detection of cervical nodal metastases - Reza Forghani 

Psychological Functioning and Coping Styles in Adults with Extremity Soft Tissue Sarcoma: A Qualitative Analysis from the Soft Tissue Sarcoma Quality of Life (SARC-QoL) Study - Nancy Mayo 

The Cancer Healthy Aging Program: Implementing an e-Health Program to Increase Daily Exercise and Reduce the Fatigue Associated with Cancer Therapy - Steven Grover

Lung Cancer in the Inuit Region of Nunavik, Quebec: How Are We Doing? Descriptive Epidemiology of Patients Diagnosed between 2005 and 2016 - Ahmad Faiz Khan 

The impact of rectal filling on rectal dose during hypofractionated radiotherapy of the prostate - John Kildea 

CQI Education Grants

The experience of healthcare professionals as informal cancer caregivers: Preliminary findings - Ariane Santerre-Thiel 

RCN Cancer Quality & Innovation Program Skills Enhancement Fund

QI2 Grants

Improving the Quality of Bladder Cancer Patient Care across RCN Partner Institutions: Implementation, Standardization, and Analysis of an RCN ERAS Protocol for Radical Cystectomy - Franck Bladou 

 Bridging the gap between oncology health care providers and fertility specialists to facilitate access to timely fertility care -Belén Herrero 

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