cancer connection

Developed as a collaboration between the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Health Design Lab, part of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, The Truth of It features interviews with Canadians diagnosed with cancer who were asked to share their story so others could learn from their experience. By providing candid accounts of the personal impact of cancer, the video series will serve as an educational resource for health care professionals as well as patients, survivors and others with a personal connection to cancer.

The men and women featured in the videos range in age from 20 to 73 and are affected by different types of cancer, including breast, colorectal, lung, testicular and ovarian. Videos are available in both English and French and are accompanied by complete transcripts. Currently, the series has 42 videos, including interviews with six patients from First Nations communities and two interviews with patients from Inuit communities.


A joint initiative of


Health Design Lab of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Special thanks to all of the participants and their families

Film maker
Wendy Rowland has worked as a documentary director and editor for CBC, CTV and the National Film Board of Canada.

Dr. Mike Evans

Robin Bain

French interviews
Élliette Aubin
Sandra Poirier

Additional thanks to:
Karen Melenchuk, Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Centre
Kelly-Jo Pfaff , Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Centre
Kimberly Morrisseau, Cancer Care Manitoba
Jill Taylor-Brown, Cancer Care Manitoba
Cheryl Whiting, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency

Last updated: October 31, 2011