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HANDLE WITH CARE? Women living with metastatic breast cancer

3 Unique Theatrical Performances based on research results

In 1997 a research team based at the Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre conducted focus groups in eight communities across Ontario with women who had metastatic breast cancer. 'Metastatic' breast cancer has spread beyond the breast to some other part of a woman's body, like her bones or her lungs. It is a condition for which there is treatment but usually no cure.

What these researchers found was not the stuff of academic journals. The research team linked up with Act II Studio at Ryerson Polytechnic University, a theatre school with a history of developing socially relevant drama, to translate the research findings into a series of dramatic vignettes.

Two performances have been created, one directed at health professionals and one designed for a community audience. The community performance captures a few key experiences in the lives of women living with metastatic breast cancer.

Performances for health professionals will be held at each of the eight Regional Cancer Centres in Ontario, as well as Women's College and Princess Margaret Hospitals in Toronto. In each city where a performance is held for health care professionals, a community performance is also scheduled.

Two community performances will be held, November 25th, 2pm and 7pm at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Room EG61 (enter via H wing).

Performance for health professionals: November 25, 8am, RDT Jenkin Auditorium at Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, Basement level, TB-021.