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GOES DOWN EASY
RECIPES TO HELP YOU COPE WITH THE CHALLENGE OF EATING DURING CANCER TREATMENTGoes Down Easy image
Good nutrition during treatment is key to maintaining strength and energy, as well as aiding in recovery. Cookbook author Elise Mecklinger worked closely with a team of six registered dietitians at Princess Margaret Hospital, led by Daniela Fierini, to develop the recipes for Goes Down Easythe first cookbook of its kind in Canada. Inspired by patients’ requests for easy, practical recipes to deal with certain nutrition problems, Goes Down Easy is a practical guide for people living with cancer, their families and caregivers. Learn more>>


 NOTHING COMIC ABOUT IT! DESIGN OF COMIC BOOK HEALTH MESSAGES ABOUT TESTICULAR CANCER AND TESTICULAR SELF-EXAMINATION

Comics aren’t just for laughs! They’re the next generation of cancer awareness materials. Researcher Joyce Nyhof-Young at the ELLICSR Cancer Survivorship Centre believes that the light, illustrated form of comedy can be used as a great educational resource. In collaboration with a comic artist on faculty at Ryerson University, Nyhof-Young along with David Brame (assistant professor with the School of Fashion), Peter Chung (radiation oncologist and assistant professor with the University of Toronto Department of Radiation Oncology), and David Kolin (medical student) developed a comic-style testicular cancer educational resource for men. The resource presents information about testicular cancer, known risks, signs and symptoms, and a how-to for testicular self-exams. This resource is illustrated and can entertain as well as educate. Learn more>>



SURVIVOR'S KITCHEN
The ELLICSR teaching kitchen studio will showcase demonstrations from in-house chef’s and PMH dietitians in a dynamic and engaging environment. In these live one hour sessions, chef's will demonstrate a series of recipes focused on health and wellness during the cancer journey.  Culinary skills, ingredient information and healthy tips, will all be covered during these classes. And not to forget, lots of delicious food to sample. Our philosophy on cooking is to focus on what we should be including in our diet instead of what we should be taking out. Fresh, seasonal, whole foods used in simple and quick recipes, it’s the key to self-managing your own health and wellness.



SWEET DREAMS: DESIGNING SLEEPWEAR AND LINGERIE FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS
lingerie imageTreatment for breast cancer typically involves breast tissue removal and this may cause scarring, changes to breast size, and torso asymmetry and the associated anxiety and depression due to an altered body image. Patients have expressed difficulty in finding affordable clothing options that are comfortable, aesthetically appealing, and are sexually attractive. In collaboration with the Ryerson University School of Fashion, ELLICSR researcher Joyce Nyhof-Young and collaborators Sandra Tullio-Pow (associate professor with the School of Fashion) and Kirsten Schaefer (graduate student with the School of Fashion), set out to improve the coping and quality of life of women with body image changes due to breast cancer treatment by designing fashionable, affordable, and functional sleepwear. The proposed designs were developed from the feedback and needs of breast cancer survivors. Designers focused on color, comfort, cost, and cut. Learn more>>


YOUTH4HEALTH
Over the past year, researchers at ELLICSR became involved with a new, wide-reaching navigation project called Youth4Health which trains youth from newly immigrant families to serve as bridges between their Youth4Healthhouseholds and their wider communities.  Youth4Health is an initiative of two University of Toronto social innovation research groups; People, Health Equity, and Innovation (PHI) and the Youth Voices Research Group (YVRG), and led by Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Jadad (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Cameron Norman (Co-Investigator) of University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Other collaborators include Jackie Bender, Heather Hardie, Margo Kennedy, Dhara Moddel, Rinat Nissim, Janet Papadakos, and Michelle Snow. Learn more>>