Children with cancer experience pain, often severe and prolonged, over the course of their disease and treatment. The Cancer Knowledge Network (CKN) is partnering with The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research and a research team of internationally known health researchers and clinicians led by Dr. Christine Chambers (IWK Health Centre) and Dr. Jennifer Stinson (SickKids) to bring the best research evidence about children’s cancer pain to parents through social media.

Unfortunately, we know that children with cancer don’t always receive the best pain management possible and that parents are often looking for more solutions at a time when they are stressed and exhausted. We cannot think of a better way to use our trusted CKN platform than to fast track evidence-based information to parents, empowering them to serve as powerful advocates to help improve their children’s pain management.

With a research grant from the Canadian Cancer Society, the Cancer Knowledge Network and The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research are addressing this problem through a social media campaign designed especially for parents, called Making Cancer Less Painful For Kids (#KidsCancerPain).

Over the next 12 months, they will be bringing parents the very best, cutting-edge research evidence about children’s cancer pain – what causes it, how to assess it, how to treat it, common myths, and more! They’ll be sharing this information with parents through a series of blogs, videos, images, Facebook posts, and Twitter chats, all posted and shared on the Cancer Knowledge Network’s website and social media. The research team will be studying the reach of the campaign and its impact on parents.

Click here to see their first video and blog.