The Colorectal Cancer Resource & Action Network (CCRAN) is the most trusted colorectal cancer patient and caregiver network in Canada. We champion the health and the well-being of Canadians touched by colorectal cancer and others at risk of developing the disease by providing a "SEA" of services: Support, Education and Advocacy.
We increase awareness on the prevalence of colorectal cancer, including Canadians under 50 years of age and promote participation in screening programs to help prevent colorectal cancer. We provide evidence-based programming to help guide informed decision-making that may ulitmately reduce the burden of cancer in Canada.
We relentlessly advocate for equal and timely access to effective therapies to improve cancer patient outcomes by making Health Technology Assessment (HTA) patient evidence submissions across multiple tumour types on behalf of:
i. Patient advocacy groups who may not have the capacity to make these critically important submissions or
ii. Within therapeutic areas where there is no representative patient advocacy group
CCRAN is dedicated to improving the longevity and quality of life for all cancer patients in Canada.
CCRAN was formed from a grassroots colorectal cancer information and support group in August 2006. We champion the health and well-being of Canadians directly affected by colorectal cancer and others at risk of developing the disease. We provide evidence-based information and educational tools to support colorectal cancer patients and advocate for improvements in their longevity and quality of life.
CCRAN’s efforts stem from genuine compassion to improve the lives of colorectal cancer patients and reduce the risk of developing this disease in others. Many of our team members have been touched by colorectal cancer through a personal diagnosis, or that of a family member, friend, or colleague. We recognize the journey is fraught with loneliness and isolation which is why we aim to deliver our services with much care and attention to patient-focused and evidence-based programming.
CCRAN is a patient-focused organization, inspired by patients and caregivers who have navigated and continue to navigate the colorectal cancer journey with confidence and courage. CCRAN takes its lead from these patients and caregivers who thoughtfully counsel CCRAN on patient programs that could be of significant help to other patients and caregivers dealing with this disease across Canada.
Accordingly, CCRAN has commissioned the creation of the Patient Advisory Council. The Patient Advisory Council is a one-of-a-kind initiative that sets CCRAN apart from all other organizations. Council members advise CCRAN on programs and initiatives that can positively impact the colorectal cancer patient population in Canada. Their past experiences serve as a source of inspiration and hope for patients and pave the way for the development of future programs at CCRAN.
Over 50 Patient Advisory Council
CCRAN is inspired by the journeys of both early- and later-stage cancer patients of the young adult colorectal cancer population.
We created the Young Adult Colorectal Cancer Patient Advisory Council to secure direction and guidance from young patients who can provide meaningful and practical input into the development of CCRAN’s national patient programs.
Their unique set of circumstances allows them to share their inspiring and compelling experiences to help others diagnosed with early age onset colorectal cancer.
CCRAN is governed by a Board of Directors who judiciously counsel CCRAN on legal and ethical matters of integrity, as well as ensure the effective running and management of the organization.
CCRAN is honoured to be governed by an esteemed group of professionals who are all passionate about bettering the lives of colorectal cancer patients and caregivers.
CCRAN is privileged to be led by a multidisciplinary Medical & Scientific Advisory Board who keep CCRAN abreast of the latest developments in the management of colorectal cancer. They work tirelessly every day to prevent, treat, and manage the pathology in Canadians with the utmost compassion and dedication.