The shared mission of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) and the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is to foster the science and practice of psychosocial oncology to improve the care for people affected by cancer through partnerships, research, public policy, advocacy and education.

Our 2022 World Congress will create an opportunity to bring together an international body of health care professionals. This forum encourages new global partnerships and allows for the dissemination of ground-breaking research to professionals and the general public about psycho-oncology, that is, the psychosocial (psychiatric, psychological, social, behavioural, ethical) and psychobiological aspects of oncology. Finally, this forum allows us to recognize exceptional contributions from around the world to the field of psycho-oncology through our awards of excellence.

Call for pre-conference academy training sessions:  CLOSED

Call for abstracts: CLOSED

Registration: REGISTER HERE

Program: VIEW HERE


Cancer among Indigenous Peoples is increasing faster than overall Canadian rates. Many Indigenous peoples do not engage in survivorship services because of racism, lack of trust, and lack of culturally safety.   

While Indigenous Peoples have demonstrated resilience, the intergenerational trauma from colonization, government policies and residential schools continues to marginalize Indigenous people from cancer survivorship care. Indigenous knowledge and values are poorly incorporated into dominant health care systems today.    

Dr. Gifford will present aspects of her research that is co-creating the meaning of culturally safe cancer survivorship care with First Nations and Inuit communities.   



Wendy Gifford, PhD, RN

Full Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Health Sciences School of Nursing

Loyer-DaSilva Research Chair in Community and Public Health Nursing

Co-Director of the Center for Research on Health & Nursing (CRHN)

Webinar registration:

  • FREE to CAPO Members. 
  • $25 to non-members 

Advanced registration is required.


Webinar access details will be provided in your registration confirmation email. Pending quality of recording, this webcast will be available within 30 days of the live webinar.

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What is CAPO-Community Of Researchers (CAPO-CORe)?

Canada is a large and diverse country with dedicated psychosocial oncology researchers, clinicians, and professionals from coast-to-coast. Some CAPO members work in large teams with other like-minded individuals, while others may be the only psychosocial oncology professional in their centre. CAPO-CORe is an online forum designed to bridge the expanse of our country and allow CAPO members to communicate and collaborate with each other regardless of location. CAPO-CORe is private and only existing and new CAPO members are added. CAPO-CORe is moderated by the Research Committee Chair(s).

What can CAPO-CORe be used for?

Have you ever wanted to efficiently tap into the hive-mind and vast experience of a community of psychosocial oncology peers? Imagine a virtual space where you can get advice on anything from a new research topic, measurement tool, analysis technique, or a clinical intervention. What if you were able to promote opportunities for research training or advertise other positions directly to people most qualified? CAPO-CORe allows CAPO members to communicate and collaborate with each other on a single platform. Here are some practical uses of CAPO-CORe:

  • Share Information: Share a newsletter, announcement, or message to your CAPO peers. You can share documents, spreadsheets, images, videos to group participants.
  • Start a Conversation Thread: You can start a conversation thread – and people inside the group can reply to it with their own answers, opinions and thoughts. You can host in-depth discussions on a particular area or topic related to psychosocial oncology.
  • Ask for Advice: Ask questions related to a particular topic - and have group members participate in giving answers.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

The evidence-based clinical practice guideline (CPG) movement within oncology, as in other health fields, represents a trend in identifying best practices and standardizing treatments. Within psychosocial oncology, evidence-based CPGs, along with Standards of Care, can help increase awareness of the important and often unmet psychosocial needs of cancer patients.

These guides to practice can be used by practitioners and organizations to identify and address the challenges and barriers in delivering high quality, accessible psychosocial care. CAPO, in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) and other key partners, is leading initiatives to develop and disseminate national psychosocial oncology clinical practice guidelines.

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CAPO Crunch

As a means of keeping CAPO members up to date on CAPO activities, we are pleased to introduce "CAPO Crunch" - a 60 second video update on what is happening with CAPO. Following our regular Board Meetings, CAPO’s President, Fiona Schulte will shoot a brief video to communicate some of the highlights of what CAPO is working on.

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English - Supporting children and teens when a family member has cancer. A guide for educators and healthcare professionals.

Français - Soutenir les enfants et les adolescents lorsqu’un membre de la famille est atteint du cancer. Un guide pour les éducateurs, les professionnels de la santé ainsi que pour les patients et leurs proches.

You, a friend or relative may have been recently diagnosed with cancer. This website has been created to help you find clarity and start you down the path of coping with cancer and finding support.

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