Virtual Lung Cancer Policy Series

Join Us for Two Upcoming Virtual Policy Forums on Lung Cancer Policy


Policy Forum 1: Tackling Inequities in Lung Cancer Outcomes

Systemic issues have undeniably resulted in health disparities for certain communities living with lung cancer. While we know that rural, racialized, low-income, and other marginalized groups suffer poorer lung cancer outcomes, there exists a gap in the policy solutions being designed and advanced to work towards diminishing these inequities. 

Why do disparities exist for specific communities, how profound are these disparities and what policies should be implemented to rectify them?

Policy Forum 2: Building a National Companion Diagnostics Testing Framework: Improving Access to Oncology Diagnostics across Canada

While targeted therapies offer Canadian lung cancer patients hope of extended survival and improved quality of life compared to traditional cancer treatments, the testing needed to match lung cancer patients with therapies is not equitably accessible across Canada.  

What are the challenges associated with funding and accessing diagnostic tests and what role should the federal government play in ensuring high quality testing is available to all eligible patients?

Meet our Moderator

Avis Favaro is Canada’s longest serving television medical correspondent. She began covering health stories for Global Television followed by a move to CTV News in 1992. Her goal is to find stories that help viewers and inform Canadians about problems, potential solutions and the latest science in how they help themselves live longer healthier lives.

Favaro has been recognized with a total of 13 Gemini Award nominations, winning a 1997 Gemini Award for Best Reportage for a story on an experimental treatment for cancer. Favaro has been recognized with multiple awards by the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Radio Television Digital News Association. She and Elizabeth are also previous winners of RNAO’s Media Awards, a recognition they both deeply appreciate. This year more than ever, the award is really a reflection of the hard work of nurses and doctors on the front lines of this pandemic.

Favaro holds an honourary PhD from McMaster University. She also has an honourary membership to the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. She is a graduate of Western University in London, Ont., where she earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism. She speaks English, Italian, and a bit of French.

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