Return to work made easier for cancer survivors

October 14, 2016 | ,

Website brings together resources for cancer survivors, healthcare providers, and employers to support staying and returning to work

Returning to work after any illness can be a challenge. For cancer survivors, the return to work (RTW) can be especially difficult due to the effects of cancer and its treatment.  Employers may lack understanding of cancer’s impact on work abilities, and how to provide accommodations at the workplace. Healthcare providers also have voiced a need for guidance on assessing readiness to return to work.

Cancer and Work ( is a new, interactive website providing resources from across the country to survivors with practical, up-to-date information on returning to work, including support offered by provinces and territories. “Cancer is affecting people in the prime of their careers,” says Dr. Christine Maheu, Associate Professor, Ingram School of Nursing at McGill and Co-Principal Investigator on the cancer and work website. The website is a collaboration between McGill University, and the BC Cancer Agency, a provincial healthcare provider, in partnership with de Souza Institute.

One-stop shop web site

Cancer and Work offers under one umbrella the knowledge and experience of a far-reaching group of Canadian experts, including health professionals in oncology from vocational rehabilitation counsellors, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, to nurses, psychologists, lawyers, union representatives, insurance representatives, and cancer survivors who have gone through the experience, themselves. “Our website is unique, as we created it with cancer survivors for cancer survivors.” says Maheu.

“Given the increasing number of cancer survivors working, there is a greater need to support patients,” says Maureen Parkinson, Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor at the BC Cancer Agency, co-principal investigator on the Cancer and Work website. Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Executive Director of de Souza Institute, an online educational oncology and palliative platform for healthcare providers adds that “the ease of navigation and the intuitive nature of the site will make it easy to maximize the potential of this resource.”

Website debut

Prof. Maheu will launch Cancer and Work on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, (10am-2pm in the Wendy Patrick Room) with an open house at McGill University in the Ingram School of Nursing, along with cancer survivors and other collaborators, including her partners from across the country. Online, representatives of employers and employees also will be ready to speak about the website.

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Nicole Webb
Cancer and Work Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 293-5857

Dr. Christine Maheu
Tel. : (514) 616-5954
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de Souza Institute
Deyan Kostovski

Music Care Conference Toronto 2016

September 29, 2016

Music Care Conference Toronto 2016

Theme: Dimensions of Music Care

WHAT? The Music Care Conference (MCC) is a one day conference bringing together care partners interested in the role music has in quality of living and care. The Toronto 2016 conference will explore dimensions of music care from experts in the field, including:

Speakers include:

  • Corene Hurt-Thaut – Neurologic Music Therapy
  • Susan Mazer – Sound and Patient Experience
  • Kristine Theurer – Java Group Programs
  • Michael Thaut – Current Research from the Music and Health Research Collaboratory and SONATA – an interactive technology for stroke rehabilitation
  • Amy Clements-Cortes – A Global Landscape of Music Therapy
  • PLUS a special performance by the Juno award-winning Toronto Mass Choir

WHY? Music is increasingly being recognized in health care communities as an effective means of care. Music care is an approach that uses music with intention, knowing that therapeutic principles of sound and music affect us and can have specific outcomes.  Music care integrates sound, silence and music into life, paying close attention to how interpersonal connections and human contact is enhanced through music associations.

WHO? MCC is for anyone who wants to learn more about the role music plays in care. Participants include allied healthcare providers, family and volunteer caregivers, care receivers, musicians, faith-based and community agencies, students and the community-at-large.

WHEN? Saturday, November 12, 2016

WHERE?  Edward Johnson Building (Faculty of Music) – University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

HOW?  Register online at or by phone 905-852-2499

$125 Early Bird ● $145 Regular ● $95 for Students and Seniors

Group rates of 5 or more available

Landmark Agreement Standardizes Cancer Care Training

September 27, 2016 | ,

Landmark Agreement Standardizes Cancer Care Training

Alberta Health Services Partners with de Souza Institute to Deliver Training Program

Standardized cancer care training in Canada is taking a giant step forward with a partnership between Alberta Health Services and de Souza Institute. The multi-year agreement establishes the Oncology Practice Readiness Education Program (O-PREP). This program is designed to standardize the orientation of new employees working within CancerControl Alberta and create a province-wide learning environment that is current, easily accessible and portable. This will allow trained individuals to move within Alberta Health Services and avoid the redundancy of re-training as it relates to cancer care.

O-PREP is an all-encompassing program that supports a person-centred approach to treating cancer patients. This program includes courses tailored to meet the needs of interdisciplinary providers such as nurses, social workers, psychologists and rehabilitation therapists including occupational and physical therapists. Furthermore, CancerControl Alberta plays an integral role in adapting the program to meet local needs throughout Alberta including rural facilities and various service types ensuring that person-centred, evidence-informed practices are delivered to Albertans.

“Delivering a province-wide oncology orientation supports patient and family centred care. It provides solutions on how to bring standardized training to our health providers so that they can deliver safe, consistent and quality health services to Albertans,” said Nancy Guebert, Chief Program Officer CancerControl Alberta (Interim) at Alberta Health Services.

“We are very proud and excited about our partnership with Alberta Health Services. We see this as a model from which we can learn from each other and bring standardized approaches to training and online education to everyone in Canada,” said Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Executive Director of de Souza Institute. “This collaboration lays the foundation for building a much needed national program in oncology and palliative care training.”

About Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

About de Souza Institute

Established in 2008, de Souza Institute, is a part of the University Health Network and partners with Cancer Care Ontario. It is funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide ongoing educational support, professional development and career counseling to nurses caring for cancer patients and families. de Souza Institute is providing cancer care excellence by: delivering innovative continuing education and mentorship programs; helping nurses to achieve national specialty certification; funding graduate scholarships to develop tomorrow’s leaders, and supporting in self-care and career development. To learn more about de Souza Institute visit


For more information:
Alberta Health Services
Kristin Bernhard

de Souza Institute
Deyan Kostovski

Network Maintenance, September 17th 9 AM EST to 1 PM EST

September 15, 2016 | ,

Our internet service provider will be performing maintenance on Saturday September 17th between 9 AM EST to 1 PM EST. Our websites, including the eLearning centre, MyAccount and Virtual Library may be intermittently accessible during this time. We recommend logging out from the eLearning Centre before 9 AM EST to make sure you do not lose … Read more

The Self-Assessment Kiosk

September 9, 2016 |

Assess your own physical and emotional health The Self-Assessment Kiosk is a free online source of validated questionnaires which assess many aspects physical and mental health. The Self-Assessment Kiosk is a very user-friendly and flexible resource that allows you to choose what you want to measure and provides feedback about your scores. All information that … Read more

CANO/ACIO 2016 Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year Award

August 16, 2016

CANO/ACIO is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year Award! Do you know an outstanding nurse that deserves to be nationally recognized? Someone who: Has consistently demonstrated the highest level of nursing excellence and leadership in oncology nursing Has made a significant contribution to advancing … Read more