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  • 12 May 2023 1:04 PM | Peter Traversa (Administrator)

    The Current Oncology Student Travel Award is established by Current Oncology to acknowledge the exemplary work of a trainee presenting psycho-oncology research and to promote the dissemination of information related to psychosocial care.

    We are pleased to announce the Sydney Wasserman has won for her paper titled: An Evaluation of Interactive Mobile Health (mHealth) Applications for Adults Living with Cancer.

    Sydney Wasserman is a registered nurse clinician, working clinically as an Emergency Trauma nurse at the Montreal General Hospital. Having recently graduated from the master’s in advanced nursing, she will now be pursuing her PhD in Nursing at McGill University. Sydney balances her passion for clinical work with teaching and research. She has been a Teaching Assistant, Clinical Instructor and Preceptor Support throughout her graduate degree. She also values her mentorship role as a First Aid training instructor and training coordinator for St. John Ambulance, and the President of the Nursing Graduate Students Association (NGSA). She has been very involved as a research assistant at St. Mary’s research centre and McGill University, where her research primarily focuses on self-management interventions curated for both patients and their caregivers. She also has a special interest in mobile health applications and implementation sciences for psychosocial oncology. With Dr. Lambert as her supervisor, she will be starting her PhD in the Fall studying the acceptability of Coping-Together Advanced for patients and caregivers facing advanced cancer with a pilot SMART. She is active in disseminating findings from her research by presenting at the Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO), International Psycho Oncology Society (IPOS) and Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) conferences.

    Sydney will present her paper at the CAPO Conference in Montreal in June.
  • 12 May 2023 12:53 PM | Peter Traversa (Administrator)

    The CAPO Student/Trainee Committee is currently seeking both professional and student/trainee members who would be interested in participating in the CAPO Mentorship Consultation Program. 

    The overall purpose of this program is to create meaningful connections between students/trainees and CAPO professionals. Mentoring is a shared learning experience that not only benefits the mentee but the mentor as well. For the mentor, the experience expands leadership and coaching skills and is a way to help build future leaders in the field of psychosocial oncology. For the mentee, the partnership is a learning experience that provides the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and valuable career insights.  

    CAPO’s Mentorship Consultation Program was designed to include a first meeting between mentors and mentees during the annual conference and potential future collaboration that both members are free to arrange with each other post-conference. 

    If you are interested in this opportunity, please let us know before June 5th, 2023, by responding to this survey below. 

    Sign-Up as a MENTOR

    Sign-Up as a MENTEE

    Thank you in advance for your time and consideration of this invitation. 

    For more information, please contact Justine Albert, CAPO Student Liaison: [email protected]

  • 9 May 2023 11:35 AM | Andrea Lowry (Administrator)

    Westmount, QC.

    Department: Cedars CanSupport

    Job Description:


    Cedars CanSupport is a charitable, hospital based organization that provides free emotional support, educational, and practical resources to enhance the humanization of care and the quality of life of cancer patients and their families throughout the entire cancer experience. Under the direction of the Manager, Supportive and Palliative Care Programs and Services, and Cedars CanSupport (CCS) of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC), the incumbent is responsible for promoting a welcoming environment and maintaining the visibility, accessibility, and efficient operations of the Cedars Cancer Resource Centre. The incumbent will strive for excellence in the overall structure and operations of an evidence-informed cancer resource centre responding to the needs of the MUHC oncology population. This is not a hospital position. These services are an initiative of the Cedars Cancer Foundation (CCF) in collaboration with the MUHC Cancer Care Mission (CCM).


    A. Promote the Cedars Cancer Resource Centre services and resources to all patients, families and staff; collaborate with MUHC professionals and librarians to develop and promote health information outreach programs;
    B. Monitor, triage, and respond to questions and requests for information, resources, and services from patients and families; Refer patients and families to ensure that their needs are addressed appropriately and in a timely fashion;
    C. Coordinate the intake, monitoring, distribution of MUHC cancer care resources and services as well as consumer health resources within the Cedars Cancer Resource Centre;
    D. Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of print and web-based material for educational purposes; maintain an electronic record-keeping system and operational statistics for quality assurance;


    Patient and Family Cedars Cancer Resource Centre

    • Promote awareness and accessibility to Cedars CanSupport programs, activities, as well as other cancer support resources (eg. cancer-related information, wigs, hats, turbans, books, parking passes, comfort kits, spill kits, etc.) to patients, caregivers, health care providers;
    • Link and educate patients and caregivers to reliable and trustworthy consumer health information, in–person, phone, email, or online, as needed; ;
    • Curate and mobilize cancer care resources, consumer health information, and partnerships from internal and external cancer organizations;
    • Lead and supervise the organization, maintenance, and operations of patient education materials and physical book collection / lending library;
    • Provide a reference service and perform computer searches on behalf of patients, caregivers, health care providers, as needed;
    • Develop and maintain an online library catalogue;
    • Train and supervise Cedars CanSupport volunteers assigned to the Resource Centre;
    • Actively collaborate with MUHC professionals in the development and provision of instructional guides/tutorials//handouts to support the cancer patient experience
    Administrative Functions
    • Maintain inventory of resources for patients, such as wigs, lending library, parking passes, etc.
    • Maintain and update CCS resource manuals and community resources;
    • Administer and record the disbursements of donations received;
    • Track, record and submit resource centre expenses;
    • Compile, prepare and submit data and performance indicators to help measure the impact of services;
    • Develop and maintain an electronic record-keeping system for all cancer education, resources, and support services;
    • Maintain a mailing list of CanSupport newsletter subscribers;
    Communications and Outreach
    • Actively contribute to the planning and implementation of outreach activities to promote the lending library, Cedars CanSupport resources, programs, and services;
    • Display and promote cancer-related informational material on intranet, internet and/or throughout the Cedars Cancer Centre;
    • Contribute to the co-creation and distribution of the Cedars CanSupport newsletter and information bulletin;
    • Maintain the structure of the CanSupport website, including drop down menus and shared sidebar links;
    • Manage and keep up to date the Cedars CanSupport web page;
    • Participates in the layout/design of online resources with the Cedars Cancer Foundation and in alignment with MUHC Resource Centres;
    • Promote knowledge-based patient education and virtual psychosocial support services within the MUHC, local and global communities.
    • Keep resource centre, volunteer office, waiting rooms, bulletin boards up-to-date


    • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively;
    • Ability to tolerate uncertainty and organizational change;
    • Exhibit a philosophy of patient-and family-centredness
    • Exhibit excellent oral and written interpersonal and communication skills;
    • Work with diverse populations, demonstrate flexibility and inclusivity;
    • Exhibit excellent organizational skills;
    • Capacity to think critically, identify and resolve internal and external issues promptly;
    • Participate in training to ensure continuing professional development;
    • Understand and maintain discretion and confidentiality at all times.

    A. Academic qualifications
    • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in information sciences, healthcare or allied health field, such as social work, psychology, nursing, counseling, therapeutic recreation, creative arts therapies or equivalent.

    B. Professional and practical experience
    • Minimum one (1) year experience in a leadership position in a healthcare or community organization
    • Experience in cancer care
    • Experience in health care administration, program development, implementation, and evaluation, is an asset;

    C. Other knowledge and requirements
    • French and English, oral and written.
    • Proficiency in computer skills and documentary software (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Word Press, ZOOM, TEAMS);


    • Full time 35 hrs per week
    • Remuneration determined according to candidate’s academic and experience level
    • Flexibility to allow for weekday evening work or weekends as necessary
    • Interdisciplinary work environment
    • Multi-ethnic environment
    • Non-unionized position

    Please submit CVs directly to [email protected]
  • 12 Dec 2022 10:41 AM | Peter Traversa (Administrator)

    Justine Albert is currently an M.Sc. candidate in Experimental Medicine at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Carmen Loiselle and is the recipient of the Kuok Fellowship provided by the Rossy Cancer Network. Justine’s graduate research focuses on the experiences of English-speaking informal caregivers in Quebec of patients who have undergone medical assistance in dying or palliative sedation until death. Prior to her M.Sc. Justine completed a Bachelor of Arts with an Honours in Psychology from Western University as well as a Graduate Diploma in Oncology from McGill University with a specialization in Psycho-Oncology and Palliative Care.

    Justine has also worked as a research assistant for Dr. Melissa Henry on various psychosocial oncology projects including research on body image concerns in patients with head and neck cancer, the representation of psycho-oncology in national cancer care plans, and studies relating to suffering at the end-of-life. Justine is originally from White Rock, British Columbia and is now located in Montréal, Quebec. 

  • 13 May 2022 11:55 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Oakville, ON.

    Department: Patient Programs

    Job Description:

    This position will provide counseling services and healthcare navigation to melanoma and skin cancer patients and caregivers across Canada. The candidate will also be responsible for the recruitment, on-boarding, tracking and retention strategy for volunteers with a special emphasis on the Peer-to-Peer Support volunteer program.

    Note: This position is to fill a contract for parental leave

    • Degree in counselling, social work or related healthcare-community health discipline with experience in oncology or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Bilingualism is an asset.
    • Strong active listening, empathy, compassion, conflict and crisis management, and problem solving skills.
    • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a healthcare environment.
    • Experience in designing, developing and delivering volunteer management program.
    • Excellent communication, coaching, facilitation and presentation skills.
    • Successful track record of developing strong working relationships with volunteers, healthcare facilities and community organizations.
    • Knowledge of the oncology community and service delivery is an asset.
    • Experience working with cancer patients preferably in healthcare.
    • Strong problem solving, priority setting, decision making skills, and attention to detail.
    • Strong computer skills including advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Products (Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint) CRM Salesforce, SurveyMonkey, and Zoom.
    • Reliable, hard-working, committed, compassionate, and passionate individual who wants to make a difference in their community, and whom is accountable for their work and projects.
    • Must be available office hours of 9-5PM EST, with the ability to work flexible hours and able to travel overnight for meetings and presentations (<20% travel is required).
    • Must have access to a vehicle and valid driver’s license.
    • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

    If you are interested in pursuing this rewarding and meaningful opportunity, please forward your resume and cover letter attention: Human Resources, Melanoma Canada, c/o [email protected].


  • 25 Apr 2022 5:00 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    You are invited to take part in a research study, “The Survivor Identity Index: How Does Cancer Survivor Identity Relate to Emotional Well-being”. People who have been diagnosed and treated for cancer vary in their comfort with the concept of "cancer survivorship". We want to learn more about how a person’s comfort with the idea of survivorship relates to their type of cancer, treatment history, and their relationships with the primary members of their healthcare team. You are invited to take part in this research study if you are over 18 years old, have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and can read and understand English.

    If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey contains questions about the following:

    • The extent to which you are comfortable identifying as a cancer survivor
    • Measures of emotional comfort
    • Your demographic information
    • Your breast cancer history
    • Your relationship with your healthcare providers

    The questionnaire is expected to take between 15-20 minutes to complete.

    By participating in the study, you will have the option to enter a draw for one of three $50 gift cards for Amazon or Tim Hortons.

    If you are interested in participating in this study, please use this link to access the consent form and questionnaire:

  • 11 Apr 2022 11:29 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Job Description:

    Reporting to the Executive Director, this role is responsible for the development, oversight and management of the CCC Patient Support program. Supporting and working with the CCC team, this position ensures the continued quality of existing programs, adapts existing programs and develops new programming in response to CCC’s needs.

    Key Responsibilities:
    • Liaises with existing Patient Support community groups and identifies opportunity areas for new groups and/or areas of support
    • Provides direct support to patients and caregivers and families
    • Handles telephone and e-mail requests for support
    • Facilitates peer to peer support when required
    • Undertakes statistical reporting on all requests
    • Creates and maintains patient portal to monitor progress against KPIs.
    • Facilitates patient support groups; providing psychoeducational and therapeutic support and provides brief and ongoing individual, family and caregiver counselling. Makes appropriate recommendations in collaboration with cancer patient(s)
    • Prepares documents and other resources for patients, clinics, hospitals and other groups
    • Manages patient cases follows up by telephone; makes appropriate referrals; researches and coordinates internal and external services; works with multidisciplinary professionals
    • Handles requests from individuals and various organization for educational and information materials
    • Develops patient education materials
    • Maintains material inventory
    • Maintains database of resources/contacts (i.e. GI clinics, cancer clinics, physicians, hospitals, etc.)
    • Manages and develops patient volunteers
    • Participates in CCC hosted events and conferences

    Required Qualifications
    • Must have knowledge/awareness of cancer treatments; knowledge of colorectal cancer is an asset
    • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, English and French
    • Ability to make presentations to professionals, patient and community groups
    • Social worker, Psychology/Psychosocial Oncology, Nurse or related discipline

    • Two years’ experience in patient support.

    Additional Requirements
    • Must keep up to date on all new colorectal cancer treatments and research

    Please send your CV to Carole Brohman, Executive Director: [email protected]

  • 25 Mar 2022 3:32 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Purpose of Grant: To support rigorous scientific oncology nursing research. Research projects may include investigator-initiated research, pilot or feasibility studies, supplements to current funded projects, or developing a new aspect of a program of research. Funding preference is given to projects that involve nurses in the design and conduct of the research activity and that promote theoretically based oncology practice. Competitive applications will address a topic(s) in the ONS Research Agenda. See "Research Agenda of the Oncology Nursing Society: 2019-2022," published in the Oncology Nursing Forum, November 2019, Volume 46, No. 6.

    The following three (3) key areas in need of oncology nursing research articulated in the ONS Research Agenda are:
    • Symptom Science 
      â—¦ In Immunotherapy and Emerging Therapies in Precision Health  
      â—¦ In Precision Health and Biosignature
    • Health Disparities
    • Palliative and Psychosocial Oncology Care

    Additional resources and updates related to the ONS Research Agenda are located here: “Update to the 2019-2022 ONS Research Agenda: Rapid Review to Address Structural Racism and Health Inequities,†published in the Oncology Nursing Forum, November 2021, Volume 48, No. 6; and, “ The Oncology Nursing Society Rapid Review and Research Priorities for Cancer Care in the Context of Covid-19,†published in the Oncology Nursing Forum, March 2021, Volume 48, No. 2.

    Funding Amounts:
    $50,000 and $100,000

    Duration of project and funding:
    2 years

    Letter of Intent Due Date:
    May 8th, 2022

    Visit Oncology Nursing Foundation Research Grants page for more eligibility information and to apply

  • 26 Jan 2022 2:22 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Job Description

    Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka (GCSM) is a non-residential cancer support community. Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

    Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Program Director (PD) is responsible for the administration, oversight and leadership of all community member-related clinical programs of GCSM; the supervision of all clinical facilitators, adjunct instructors; and the provision of direct clinical services for people of all ages affected by cancer.

    The PD also provides program statistical consultation as it related to general operations, outreach and marketing, grant writing and reporting and, on an as needed basis, participates in fundraising activities.

    The PD builds and maintains relationships with members, program professionals, speakers, and key programmatic constituents in the healthcare, medical and academic arenas; develops and manages the program budget, maintains program statistics and reports.

    Required Qualifications:
    • 3 years of experience in a similar role ideally in a non-profit organization, including clinical work plus program implementation and administration
    • Successful completion of a post-secondary diploma/degree in sociology, social work or psychology
    • A masters-prepared mental health professional licensed to practice in Ontario
    • Successful completion of a masters graduate degree in one of the following areas: Social Work, Counselling, Marriage and Family Therapy
    • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results
    • Experience in program development and implementation in support of diverse populations
    • Experience in individual counselling and group facilitation
    • Proficiency with Microsoft office applications, presentation skills and data management
    • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends.
    • A clean criminal background and vulnerable sector check
    • Fully vaccinated status to enable working with members who are immune-compromised individuals undergoing cancer treatment

    Please visit the following link for the full job description

    • Qualifications
      • 3 years of experience in a similar role ideally in a non-profit organization, including clinical work plus program implementation and administration
      • Successful completion of a post-secondary diploma/degree in sociology, social work or psychology
      • A masters-prepared mental health professional licensed to practice in Ontario
      • Successful completion of a masters graduate degree in one of the following areas: Social Work, Counselling, Marriage and Family Therapy
      • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results
      • Experience in program development and implementation in support of diverse populations
      • Experience in individual counselling and group facilitation
      • Proficiency with Microsoft office applications, presentation skills and data management
      • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends.
      • A clean criminal background and vulnerable sector check
      • Fully vaccinated status to enable working with members who are immune-compromised individuals undergoing cancer treatment


  • 13 Jan 2022 3:29 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Toronto ON.

    Job Description

    University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care.

    The role will be 70% research/ 30% clinical, involving:

    Research activities, including on medical assistance in dying (MAID) and cancer experience at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM), which will include attention to health equity in these areas. The applicant is expected to establish an internationally recognized research program with grant support and to work collaboratively with other investigators at PM.

    Clinical activities, including provision of health psychology assessment, evidence-based psychotherapy and biopsychosocial intervention to oncology patients. The applicant will engage in collaboration and consultation with other disciplines, including Oncology, Social Work, Psychiatry, Psychology, Palliative Care and Spiritual Care. The applicant will maintain patient care documentation in compliance with institutional and regulatory College requirements. Registration in practice area of couples within health psychology an asset..
    • • At minimum, completion of a PhD degree in Clinical Psychology, or recognized equivalent
      • Minimum of one (1) year of practical and related experience
      • Registered with, or eligible for registration with, the College of Psychologists of Ontario with designated practice area that corresponds to the specific clinic requirements
      • Expertise in research methodology, including psychometrics, in health equity and in the psychological and social dimensions of cancer
      • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
      • Works effectively independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team
      • Comfortable using various forms of technology
      • Results-oriented and demonstrated time management skills
      • Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities

      Please apply by February 3rd, 2022.

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