CANCER AND COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES
Webinars for people with cancer and caregivers
The COVID-19 and cancer webinar series offers support and information to people with cancer and their caregivers, family and friends. Each webinar is presented by an expert speaker and addresses a central question about managing cancer needs during this time of COVID-19. For more details, check out the individual webinars below.
Fear of cancer recurrence during COVID-19
Launched August 24, 2020
Length: 28 minutes
Presenter: Dr Sophie Lebel, C. Psych
Presenter role: Professor, School of Psychology - University of Ottawa
Webinar overview:When treatment ends, many cancer survivors and their families may worry that the cancer will recur, or return. In this webinar, Dr Lebel explains fear of cancer recurrence, especially during COVID-19, and outlines how to question this fear and recognize when it might be a cause for concern. Learn also how to manage any fear of recurrence by practising self-care, drawing on your support network and talking with your healthcare team.
Cancer and COVID-19: Living with added uncertainty and isolation
Launched July 29, 2020
Length: 54 minutes
Presenter: C. Elizabeth Dougherty BSW, MSW, RSW
Presenter role: Clinical social worker and educator at C. Elizabeth Dougherty Consulting; Partner with the Children and Youth Grief Network; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care, McMaster University
Webinar overview: A cancer diagnosis during COVID-19 can lead to additional feelings of grief, loss, uncertainty and isolation. In this webinar, clinical social worker C. Elizabeth Dougherty offers guidance on how to face difficult thoughts and feelings in the present moment, how to help children cope with grief and loss and how to access helpful support and resources.
Caregiving for a loved one in the time of COVID-19
Launched July 14, 2020
Length: 29 minutes
Presenter: Sylvie Lambert RN, PhD
Presenter role: Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University and Scientist at St. Mary’s Research Centre
Webinar overview: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to many caregivers. In this webinar, Dr Lambert provides expert advice on maintaining your own wellbeing and that of your loved one during this time. Find out how to support your loved one if you cannot be with them, manage any feelings of stress, anxiety and isolation and access support.
Cancer and COVID-19: Exercise for people with cancer and their families during COVID-19
Launched June 17, 2020
Length: 48 minutes
Presenter: Daniel Santa Mina, PhD, CESP
Presenter role: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; Clinician Investigator, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Princess Margaret Cancer Research Institute
Webinar overview: With physical distancing in effect, many people may be considering home workouts for the first time. In this webinar, Dr Daniel Santa Mina provides expert guidance on how people with cancer, cancer survivors and their families can enjoy being active at home. Learn how much exercise you should aim for, how to create a space for fitness at home and how you can exercise safely if you are alone.
End-of-life and palliative care in the time of COVID-19
Launched June 4, 2020
Length: 17 minutes
Presenter: Sandy Buchman MD, CCFP (PC), FCFP
Presenter role: President, Canadian Medical Association; Palliative Care Physician; Freeman Chair in Palliative Care - North York General Hospital; P.E.A.C.H Program (Palliative Care and Education for the Homeless) - Inner City Health Associates, Toronto
Webinar overview: With special precautions in effect due to COVID-19, people with cancer, and their caregivers, may be facing some new challenges with palliative or end-of-life care. In this webinar, Dr Buchman describes the difference between palliative and end-of-life care, explains how they have been affected by COVID-19 and offers advice on advance care planning.
COVID-19 and cancer treatment
Launched June 1, 2020
Length: 45 minutes
Rebecca Ann C. Auer MD, MSc, FRCSC
Christopher Bredeson MD MSc FRCPC
Paul Wheatly-Price BSc, MBChB, FRCP (UK), MD
Jean-Marc Bourque MD, MScPH, FRCPC
Webinar overview: In this webinar, a panel of expert doctors answer common questions about the impact of COVID-19 on cancer treatment across Canada. For example, what is the status of clinical trials? When can loved ones accompany someone receiving treatment? And how will the healthcare system help if someone receiving treatment contracts COVID- 19?
Cancer and COVID-19: Staying safe
Launched May 13, 2020
Length: 21 minutes
Presenter: The Honourable John Haggie, MD, FRCS
Presenter role: Minister of Health and Community Services, Newfoundland and Labrador
Webinar overview: As physical distancing restrictions start to ease, the Honourable John Haggie answers common questions on how people with cancer can stay safe and minimize their risk of COVID-19. For instance, what precautions should they or their household take? Does a face mask or gloves help minimize risk when outside? When will postponed cancer treatments resume? This webinar addresses these questions and more.
Coping with cancer and COVID-19
Launched April 24, 2020
Length: 25 minutes
Presenter: Danielle VandeZande
Presenter role: Senior Manager, Peer Support, Canadian Cancer Society
Webinar overview: Intended for people with cancer and their loved ones, this webinar will share ways to navigate and manage the added sense of isolation, stress and uncertainty in the context of cancer, and COVID-19.
COVID-19 and cancer patients
Launched April 16, 2020
Length: 13 minutes
Presenter: Craig Earle, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Presenter role: Vice President of Cancer Control at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and a medical oncologist at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto
Webinar overview: Dr Earle answers commonly asked questions about COVID-19 and cancer. For instance, are people with certain cancers at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19 and what can they do to reduce their risk? What should people with cancer do if their treatment is delayed? Dr Earle will answer these questions and more in this webinar.
The information in these webinars is for educational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a healthcare provider based on your individual situation. Experts are speaking on their own behalf and CCS assumes no responsibility for the completeness of the information presented.
For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak from
the Public Health Agency of Canada, visit canada.ca/coronavirus.