Welcome to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Founded in 2008, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is a largely volunteer-run registered charity, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about mesothelioma in Canada. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure. The CMF supports mesothelioma patients and their families, as well as the development of a network of expertise in mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and care across Canada. Learn more about us here.

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Mesothelioma: from today’s challenges to tomorrow’s cure

On Tuesday, November 26, 2019 we hosted an All Day Conference followed by Pre-theatre reception with hors d’oeuvres and host bar and Canadian Debut of Breathless” by Belgian filmmaker Daniel Lambo.

“Following the deaths of his father and many others from his village, filmmaker Daniel Lambo sets off on a passionate quest to find the truth about the deadly asbestos industry.”

Introduction by Daniel Lambo and Eric Jonckheere, whose family’s story is featured in the film, followed by Q&A

Come to all or any part of these events.

Hosted by Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Auditorium, Lower Level
MaRS Discovery District
101 College St.
Toronto, ON

Conference objectives:
• Provide info on early detection and innovative treatment for mesothelioma for general practitioners and specialists
• Identify the most promising research directions
• Engage key researchers and clinicians in Canada and internationally, including the CMF Scientific Advisory Committee
• Promote support in Canada for areas of interest in research, for a Canadian mesothelioma patient registry and a national mesothelioma
health care network
• Link these efforts to the broader efforts to develop a comprehensive Canadian response to asbestos and asbestos disease

8:00 am Registration, coffee/continental breakfast
8:30 am Dr. Eudice Goldberg, Chair Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation, Welcome
8:40 am Dr. Paul Demers: The incidence and prevalence of mesothelioma in Canada
9:00 am Dr. Dean Fennell: Keynote Lecture, Stratified Therapy for Mesothelioma

10:00 am Session 1: Advances in screening and early detection of mesothelioma
Moderator: Dr. Linn Holness
Dr. Erik Vakil, Screening for mesothelioma: when those exposed to asbestos should be investigated
Dr. Geoffrey Liu, Serological and breathomic biomarkers in mesothelioma: the University Health Network experience
Dr. Marc de Perrot, Circulating mesothelial precursor cells; a new opportunity to detect pleural damage and mesothelioma after asbestos exposure?

10:55 am Refreshment and networking break

11:15 am Session 2: Advances in treatment of mesothelioma (part one)
Moderator: Dr. Jocelyne Martin
Dr. Penny Bradbury, Immunotherapy – What is now?
Dr. Quincy Chu, Immunotherapy – What is the future?
Dr. Andrea McCart, Advances in the treatment of peritoneal mesothelioma

12:25 pm Buffet lunch and networking break

1:10 pm Session 3: Advances in treatment of mesothelioma (part two)
Moderator: Dr. Erik Vakil
Dr. Camille Munro, Advances in palliative care
Dr. John Cho, New developments in hemithoracic radiation for mesothelioma
Dr. Marc de Perrot, Targeting mesothelioma with radiation and immunotherapy

2:20 pm Session 4: Most promising research avenues and future directions
Moderator: Dr. Chris Lee
Panel members: Dr. Dean Fennell, Dr. Andrea McCart, Dr. Marc de Perrot

3:10 pm Refreshment and networking break

3:30 pm Session 5: Strengths and limitations of patient registries
Moderator: Alec Farquhar
Dr. Paul Demers, The Canadian cancer registry experience
Dr. Emanuela Taioli, An international perspective on mesothelioma registries

4:15 pm Session 6: In Summary and Beyond
Drs. John Cho and Chris Lee, What we’ve learned so far
Anya Keefe, CMF’s Mesothelioma Health Network
Alec Farquhar, Asbestos-Free Canada

5:00 pm Closing Remarks, Drs. Eudice Goldberg and John Cho, followed by
Pre-theatre Reception with host bar and appetizers, performance by Kith and Kin

6:30 pm Canadian Debut of “Breathless”
Introduction by Eric Jonckheere and filmmaker, Daniel Lambo, followed by Q&A

General Admission $150 includes conference, continental breakfast, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, buffet lunch, reception with host bar and appetizers, and Canadian film debut of "Breathless."
Students, patients, families and caregivers: $50
Evening events only $50

Block discount available for accommodation in nearby Delta Chelsea Hotel.

CMF online support groups for patients & caregivers

An important objective of our organisation is to support the emotional health of patients living with mesothelioma, as well as the people that care for them.  Currently, we offer a number of private, invite-only Facebook groups for mesothelioma patients, loved ones and bereaved to connect with one another, share experiences and seek support from others in similar situations.  

To join one of our groups, please follow these steps: