Hello Friends,

We've reached an exciting milestone: 

The beta version of the Decision Tree is LIVE.  

Now every breast cancer patient, their family, and loved ones can get help navigating treatment options and understanding how treatments relate to each other. We hope this increases confidence when speaking with the medical team about care. It's about choice, and empowerment.

Please help us spread the word about this important resource.  Go online, check it out, and let us know what you think. Your comments will help shape the first official version of this tool launching on June 9, 2016. Mark your calendars!

Curious about BTC? Read about some of our activities and volunteers below.


Your team @ Be The Choice.

Decision Tree now LIVE.
A pilot version of the decision tree was launched on October 13, 2016. This tool is an innovative, on-line platform that allows patients and others to navigate step-by-step through possible treatment options. In the first week of operation, an amazing 200+ visitors from Canada, the United States, and Europe checked us out - in depth (they looked at multiple pages). Yahoo!!!

Your feedback will help us prepare for full-scale launch on June 9, 2016. 
BTC at Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day.
BTC team demonstrates the Decision Tree at Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day held at the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, on October 26, 2016.  From left to right, BTC volunteers: Shelley Hepworth, Isa Côté, Cynthia Aramburu, Melanie Adrian, Barbara Francis and Carla Carbajal. 
Who are we? Meet some of our volunteers.
Barbara Francis
Director of Website Curation and Community Outreach

Barbara is a breast cancer survivor and content curator of She has 20+ years of experience in research funding and spearheaded efforts in applying to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) for a grant to develop the website. One of the upsides of her cancer diagnosis was the medical education that went along with it. She is passionate about sharing what she has learned with other newly diagnosed patients.

Shelley Hepworth
Newsletters Editor

Shelley is a volunteer who helps create newsletters for BTC.  She is a breast cancer survivor. She is also an Associate Professor of Biology at Carleton University with research expertise in plant genetics and molecular biology.  In her spare time, she loves being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.  

Dr. Kristin Bright
Director of Research and Development

As a scientist and activist, Kristin has been involved with breast cancer issues since 1992. In particular, she is concerned about critical gaps in information delivery based in part on her experiences at New York University Medical School and with the municipal hospital system in New York. Kristin brings her passion for more legible, patient-oriented information to BTC as an architect of the Decision Tree.  Kristin teaches at the University of Toronto.

This project is supported by a grant from CIRA's Community Investment Program
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