Be a Voice for Change to help make cancer care better

We’re calling out to everyone, everywhere to come together and be a Voice for Change in cancer care. The more voices we have, the more change we can make.

Get Better Cards from the Canadian Cancer Society

You send a get better card to someone to show them that you care, but what if you want to improve their care?

So, we asked people to create get better cards to send to governments, rather than their loved ones, calling on them to get better at cancer care.
A card with the words “get better” on the cover is sitting on a glass table next to a vase of daffodils. Behind it is a yellow backdrop, and next to it is a microphone. Titles appear saying:  

“A get-well card shows someone you care, but what if you want to improve their care? Get better cards from” the Canadian Cancer Society logo appears. 

Words on screen:  

A get-well card shows someone you care. 

But what if you want to improve their care? 

Get better cards 

From  

(CCS Logo) 

A young male adult steps up to the microphone holding a card that says, “get better.” He reads from the card.  

VO: Anyone who’s needed the healthcare system during the past couple years has been affected by the Covid backlog. Sometimes it means longer lines, sometimes it means delays in surgery. 

A female adult with her daughter, is in front of the microphone, reading from a card.  

VO: Because of Covid, I had surgeries shifted twice, four to five months at a time. 

A senior female reads from a card that says, “get better”,  

VO: There are so many things you have to pay for you don't even think about. It all adds up.  

An adult male reads from a card in front of the microphone.  

VO: (in French) My doctor had me do a free at-home test for colon cancer. Turns out I had stage 2 cancer. 

A female adult reads from a card that says, “get better.”  

VO: When my mother was admitted to hospice during Covid, she was alone almost the entire time. I realized she let go in the end because there was no one there. 

A female adult with her husband, is in front of the microphone, reading from a card that says, “get better.” 

VO: After my stem cell transplant, some of my injections to boost my immune system were really expensive. 

A female adult in front of the microphone reads from a card that says, “get better.” 

VO: After my double mastectomy, I needed prosthetics. I could get coverage for half a breast. 

A young female adult reads from a card that says, “get better.” 

VO: I had to push to be a caregiver for my mum. I felt lost and hopeless and it was really hard to know what to do. We need to get better at helping caregivers. 

A young male adult looks at the camera.   

A young female adult looks up.  

VO: We need to get better at end-of-life care. 

A senior female adult looks at the camera.   

VO: We need to get better at reducing the cost of cancer care. 

A male adult looks up.  

VO: (in French) We need to get better at cancer screening. 

A female adult looks up.  

VO: We need to get better at preventing delays to healthcare.  

A series of portraits of adults looking at camera and holding their cards that say, “get better.” 

VO: If we raise our voices together, we can help cancer care get better 

A microphone with a yellow backdrop appears with the titles “Help cancer care get better. Be a Voice for Change.” 

The Canadian Cancer Society logo appears with the URL cancer.ca/voicesforchange 

Words on screen: 

Help cancer care get better. 

Be a Voice for Change.  

(CCS logo) 

Cancer.ca/voicesforchange 

 

 

 

Take action

Your voice is powerful. There are lots of ways you can advocate right now to help make cancer care better.
Two hands holding

Make palliative care better

Everyone in Canada should have a right to access affordable, culturally safe, high-quality palliative care regardless of where they live and in what setting they choose to receive care. We can come together to call on all governments in Canada to recognize palliative care as a right. 

Make delays and backlogs better 

Throughout the pandemic, we asked people affected by cancer how COVID-19 impacted their cancer experience. We’re pleased to share our new report, Living at the Crossroads of COVID-19 and Cancer, which presents themes of what we heard and guidance on how we can make cancer care better. 

Make tobacco control better

Let your elected officials know that you support prioritizing strong measures to reduce tobacco use in provincial settlement negotiations. Every letter sent by you and people you know helps in the fight against the tobacco industry.
A cancer patient being hugged by their caregiver

Make drug access better

Share your feedback about cancer drugs. Your experience can give us valuable information about the benefits and drawbacks of current treatments and help assess new treatments. This feedback helps shape recommendations for which drugs are covered under provincial and territorial drug plans.
Healthcare professional writing on a clipboard with a patient in a clinic waiting room

Make health system funding better

For many, the challenges in our healthcare system may mean longer wait times, delays, or late-stage diagnoses as our healthcare system struggles to cope with additional demand. Help us call for governments to work together and invest in our healthcare to ensure people can get the care they need when they need it.
Patient consulting with his doctor about the PSA test

Make the early detection of prostate cancer better

The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test is a commonly used blood test used in the detection of prostate cancer. Eight provinces and three territories cover the cost of the test by referral without requiring signs and symptoms, except Ontario and British Columbia. Help us advocate for equitable access to this important test.
Be a Voice For Change

Be a Voice for Change

Join our network of advocates who are committed to preventing cancer and improving the lives of people living with cancer and their caregivers through government action.

As a Voices for Change volunteer, you’ll be the first to know about our advocacy work and receive exclusive access to volunteer opportunities. This includes attending meetings with elected officials, building your own advocacy campaigns and raising awareness at signature events.


Be a Voice For Change