Challenges in Lung Cancer and Forward View of Where We Can Be

December 2, 2020

In 2019, near 30,000 Canadians were diagnosed with Lung Cancer and 21,000 passed away from this disease - making it the most common and deadly form of cancer. 70% of Lung Cancer are diagnosed at a late stage with 5-year survivorship below 20%. Despite its prevalence, Lung Cancer Patients encounter several challenges throughout their diagnosis, treatment and recovery journey. During this webinar, Dr. Finley will discuss these challenges and share some exciting Canadian initiatives to improve the patient's pathway towards early detection and improved outcomes, giving hope to those affected by Lung Cancer, especially as November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.   

Target Audience: Residents

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about current challenges of the Lung Cancer Patient Pathway
  • Learn about some stage shifting initiatives in Canada
  • Understand the implications changes on the Future of Lung Cancer patients


Dr. Christian Finley

Dr. Christian Finley MD, FRCS (C)

Dr. Christian Finley is a national leader in cancer surgery quality, governance, standardization and benchmarking. He holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard University, a Doctor of Medicine from University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queen’s University. After completing advanced training in Leuven, Belgium and England, he started working at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. He is currently appointed as an associate professor in the Department of Surgery (Division of Thoracic Surgery) at McMaster University. 
Dr. Finley has led many initiatives that have won awards for quality and patient-centered care. Recognizing a local need, Dr. Finley conceived and fundraised for the creation of a palliative suite for patients to die with dignity.  

Dr. Christian Finley is Expert Lead at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. In this role he provides advice, expertise and leadership on improving the quality of surgical oncology, as well as system performance in cancer control in Canada.

Dr. Finley has received over 7 million dollars in research funding, published over 75 papers, and has been invited for national and international presentations. He has received numerous awards, including a prestigious James IV international award supporting outstanding surgical leaders to promote the exchange of knowledge around the globe.

He is the proud father of three girls and an avid outdoorsman.

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