NO ONE IS AN ISLAND: Improving access and removing barriers to psychosocial oncology

Submission Formats

In order to be considered, an abstract must follow these guidelines:

    • Abstract titles should be brief (maximum of 30 words) and should reflect the content of the abstract.
    • Commercial names may not be used in the abstract title.
    • No more than 10 authors can be listed per submission.
    • Professional title, institutional affiliations, cities and countries for each author should follow.
    • Abstract text is required for all symposium, podium and poster submissions.
    • Abstract text should be submitted in structured paragraph format.
    • Submissions must follow either the clinical or research format and either can represent patient-oriented content.

Clinical Abstracts:

The clinical stream refers to items such as development of innovative programs or interventions/service delivery/model of care.

Word Limit: 250 words.


      • Background/rationale
      • Methodology (needs assessment, theoretical model, description of intervention, outcome measures)
      • Impact on practice
      • Discussion (lessons learned, future direction).

Research Abstracts:

The research stream refers to work that is primarily based on the scientific method of discovery of hypothesis testing or theory development. This stream can include work from protocols, to review and studies of various design.

Word Limit: 250 words.


      • Objectives/purpose
      • Methods
      • Results
      • Conclusion and clinical implications.

Prior to submitting an abstract, please make sure that you have the following information available:

      • Abstract Title
      • Name, City and Affiliation of all authors
      • Presenting author
      • Submission Type
      • Theme
      • Abstract text

Abstract submission is in text format only. Abstracts must be submitted under one of the pre-defined topics and type must be indicated. Upon submission a confirmation will be emailed to the email address of the account holder. Please note: This confirmation email is a confirmation of abstract submission and NOT a notice of acceptance.

Abstract Themes (Research and Clinical)

Abstracts will be accepted for the following themes:

A.    Aboriginal/First Nations cancer care
B.    Children and adolescent cancer care
C.     Cancer care in older adults
D.    Cancer access, inequity and diversity
E.     Cancer care in low resource settings
F.     Complementary therapies and integrative oncology
G.    Community based organizations
H.    Culture and Sex/Gender
I.      eHealth research & Interventions
J.      Exercise/Rehabilitation
K.     Implementation Science/Knowledge Translation
L.     Palliative care
M.   Patient oriented research
N.    Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Cancer Prevention
O.    Progressive, advanced and terminal disease
P.     Psychosocial Care and service development
Q.    Psychosocial Interventions
R.    Self-care for the clinician
S.     Survivorship
T.     Symptom and Late effects (impact & interventions)
U.    Theory building in clinical research
V.    Translational research
W.  Patient oriented practice
X.    Other

Abstract Selection Process

Abstracts will be judged solely on the following criteria:

  • Significance and Relevance
  • Innovation
  • Approach and Findings
  • Implications
  • Clarity

The CAPO 2020 Scientific Committee will select abstracts for oral, poster, symposium and 90-minute workshop presentations by June 10, 2020. The submitting author will receive an email with the decision made by the Scientific Committee. If a selected author cannot attend, the presenting author should assign a replacement. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to reallocate abstracts as necessary. All presenting authors must register for the full conference.

For abstract enquiries, please contact [email protected]