CBCN has chosen to focus our advocacy efforts on four main issues: metastatic breast cancer, drug access, the financial burden of cancer, and improving health care.
CBCN employs a specific approach to advocacy to ensure that our efforts will have real impact and serve the best interest of Canadians affected by breast cancer.
As a result, we make sure that we are:
Non-partisan. CBCN aims to effect positive change, and as a result, we ensure that we are communicating the needs and concerns of Canadians affected by breast cancer to governments of all political affiliations.
Non-ideological. To make progress on breast cancer concerns, we recognize that we need to work with a wide range of stakeholders in Canada. These interests include government, corporations, industry, researchers, other non-government organizations, breast cancer patients and caregivers. We support and collaborate with anyone who shares our vision to promote the best quality of care for all Canadians affected by breast cancer.
Results-oriented. We seek to create real change that will have a significant impact on Canadians affected by breast cancer. We strive for commitments that are sufficient to achieve results and specific enough so that progress can be measured.
Evidence-based. We base our advocacy on the best and most credible scientific advice available.
Cooperative. We aim to work in collaboration with decision-makers and other stakeholders. We approach all advocacy from a cooperative approach, and exhaust all collaborative efforts, before we move to more critical approaches.
Ethical. We do not advocate causes or positions simply because others want us to; instead we strive to ensure that all of our advocacy efforts serve the best interests of Canadians affected by breast cancer nationwide. As a member of the Canadian Cancer Action Network, the Canadian Breast Cancer Network is committed to adhering to the Code of Conduct Governing Corporate Funding that ensures that activities are conducted in accordance with the best interest of patients.