A Day for Hope

"Thank you ... This was a very informative event and gives me the ‘hope’ necessary to assist my family with this disease. It was so inspirational to see 11 survivors (R) in attendance."

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Pancreatic Cancer Canada Educational Series 
(Originator - Gloria Pearl Education Series)

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~ Gloria Pearl ~

Past Video Highlights 

The Pancreatic Cancer Canada Educational Series furthers the organization's commitment to building awareness and providing patients and families with the latest information to make informed decisions. Educational Events will be held in cities across Canada including Toronto and Vancouver and most recently, Montreal in 2017.

The Educational Series was originally created by Sandy and Anne Louise Pearl who spearheaded this initiative for PCC as a tribute to their mother, Gloria (R), who was a social activist and advocate and believed passionately that education was the key to change.


View Educational Videos from Past Symposia 

We are pleased to offer the following educational video series where you can learn about various topics from the comfort of your home.

Pancreatic Cancer Education Symposium - New Breakthoughs Toward Better Patient Outcomes -  May 2nd, 2017

On May 2, the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation, Craig's Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society, the Goodman Cancer Research Centre and the McGill University Hospital Centre hosted a free public symposium where close to 300 people attended. The theme was new breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer and introduced PancOne™ - a Pan-Canadian Research and Oncology Network created by PCC to improve patient outcomes. The evening was dedicated to Rhonda Tannenbaum.

Pancreatic Cancer Education Symposium - A Day for Hope - Dec 3rd, 2016

On December 3rd 2016, Pancreas Centre BC together with Pancreatic Cancer Canada held their third annual Pancreatic Cancer Education Symposium. Over 80 patients, families and their supporters attended this event and heard from leaders in the pancreatic cancer field. The presentations were recorded and are available to view below: 

The 3rd Annual Gloria Pearl Pancreatic Cancer Educational Symposium - November 1st, 2015

The event was held at Tiff Bell Lightbox in Toronto. The topics discussed and videotaped were as follows:

  • Keynote Speaker - “Scary Lessons from 150 Pancreas Cancer Whole Genomes ” - What tumors are telling us…Steven Gallinger  - Head of HPB Surgical Oncology, at UHN, Sr Investigator at Samuel Lunenfeld Research Centre at Mt. Sinai Hospital & Leader of PanCuRx 
  • Cookin’ in the Kitchen -Video 
  • The Cutting Edge in Pancreatic Cancer Surgery - Dr. Sean Cleary - UHN
  • Food as Medicine - Dieticians Sarah Buchanan  of UHN and Katie Southgate of Loblaw
  • Stories of Hope - Living with Pancreatic Cancer - Irene Silverman
  • Cheque Presentation and Closing Remarks

Click here to watch all the 2015 Toronto educational videos.

The 2nd Annual Gloria Pearl Pancreatic Cancer Educational Symposium - November 1st, 2014

The event was held at Tiff Bell Lightbox in Toronto. The topics discussed and videotaped were as follows:

  • Keynote Speaker - Paula Kim (Co-founder Pan Can Action Network US) - Next Steps for the Patient
  • Dr. John Conneely (video R) - Surgical Advances and Neo and Adjuvant Therapy
  • Dr. Marcus Butler - Immunotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer
  • Shari Moura, A Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Wallace McCain Centre for Pancreatic Cancer - A Kaleidoscope of Hope 
  • Stories of Hope - Libby Znaimer - 6 year Survivor and Living with Pancreatic Cancer - Robin Chapchuk and Philip Allmen

Click here to watch all the 2014 Toronto educational videos.

Pancreatic Cancer Education Symposium - A Day for Hope - December 6th, 2014

The event was held at the BC Cancer Agency Research Centre. The topics discussed and videotaped were as follows:

  • Dr. Charles Scudamore - Whipple 101
  • Dr. David Schaeffer - Introduction and Research Possibilities.
  • Dr. Dan Renouf  - Latest Research & Clinical Trials
  • Dr. Intan Schrader - Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer
  • Dr. Fergal Donnellan - Screening and Surveillance
  • HealthLinks BC - Nutrition 
  • BCCA Counseling - Patient/ Caregiver Support 
  • Patient Experience

Inaugural Gloria Pearl Pancreatic Cancer Educational Symposium - November 2nd, 2013

The event was held at the Textile Museum in Toronto. The topics discussed and videotaped were as follows:

  • Keynote Speaker - Dr. Andrew Biankin - Personalized Therapies
  • Dr Malcolm Moore, Dr, Neesha Dhani and Allison Nowell - Patient Experiences from Diagnosis to Treatment
  • Dr. Steven Gallinger - Genetic Research 
  • Dr. Alice Wei - Surgical Advances 
  • 5- year Survivor Experiences - Libby Znaimer and Michael Clarfield

Click here to watch all the 2013 educational videos. 


Future Educational Events

CelgeneWe would like to thank Celgene for taking a leadership role in the war on pancreatic cancer. We applaud their commitment to build awareness and help patients better understand the challenges associated with this disease.

Through an educational grant provided by Celgene, we are pleased to bring you the following videos and we will be launching a webinar series and expanding the symposium format to major cancer centres across Canada.

We would also like to announce that an Educational Grant from Celgene will enable us to sustain our focus on education. We will be launching a webinar series and will be expanding the symposium format to major cancer centres across Canada.

Celgene Pancreatic Cancer Educational Video - Understanding the disease landscape



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