Announcing a new collaboration between the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology

07 April 2015

The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce a new and exciting collaboration between the Society and the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology.

With 13 chapters nationwide, the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association canadienne des infirmières en oncologie (CANO/ACIO) supports Canadian nurses to promote and develop excellence in oncology nursing practice, education, research and leadership.

On April 7th, 2015 CANO/ACIO celebrates the 12th Annual Oncology Nursing Day across Canada — a day to recognize the incredible role oncology nurses play in our national healthcare system. 

With the joint mission to enhance of the quality of life of people living with cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society will be celebrating alongside CANO/ACIO this April as part of their overall Daffodil month program.  Daffodil Month is the Society’s annual fundraising campaign to support Canadians living with cancer. Donations fund life-saving research, support services, cancer information and other important programs.  CANO/ACIO nurses will be celebrating Oncology Nursing Day with the Society in 5 locations across the country – Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and PEI.

There are countless untold stories of oncology nurses who have had a profound impact on the lives of many Canadian cancer patients and their families. We’re honoured to share 3 of their stories below. Learn more about CANO/ACIO.

Karen WoodworthKaren Woodworth, Capital Health Cancer Care Program, Halifax

“I see myself as a patient navigator. My aim is to put my patients and their families at ease. I try to understand their expectations then offer front-line support. In the process I really see the value for the patients and their families of being actively engaged.”

Kris TrevillionKris Trevillion, Breast Cancer Care Coordinator at BC Cancer Agency, Abbotsford Centre

 “When I meet patients and their families it strikes me that this could be happening to any of us. I see my role as offering human contact – not just getting my patients and their families through a process. They see so many people and I can become a familiar face. I am there for them and their families to clarify, repeat information (they hear a lot of and may miss things) and if they need to make decisions, help them make those decisions based on all the information. I hope I take some of the fear away.”

Cindy Barrett, left, with friend and coworker Mary Ellen LoveCindy Barrett, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie

“We see young women here with kids — we have 20-year-olds in our caseload — and I have a lot more empathy for people who are going through it. They really are brave.” Read more.