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. :  Archive for April 2016

CANO-BC and BC Cancer Agency

Professional Practice Nursing invite all oncology nurses from across BC to join us in celebrating Oncology Nursing Day

 “Changing the way we care: Self first” Elizabeth Causton Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Dinner: 1700 – 1730hrs Intro/Presentation: 1730 – 1900hrs There will be a draw for one free membership to CANO-ACIO!

A light dinner will be provided by the BC Chapter of CANO-ACIO Registration is required;

Please email bconcnurses@gmail.com CON partners – Please contact jennifer.stephens@vch.ca regarding reimbursement ($15.00 per person)

 Video linked to : AC – Radiation Therapy Room CN – Willow
Room FVC – Main Floor Conf Room CSI – Shuswap Room VC – John Jambor Room VIC –
1st Floor Physics ( 1605) CON Partners please contact Telehealth PHSA at:
telehealth@phsa.ca to join the presentation

Grateful cancer patient paying it forward by becoming an oncology nurse

Returning the favour

*** sourced from Alberta Health Services****

CALGARY — When it comes to caring for patients, empathy is a desirable trait to have, and 25-year-old Matthew Frank has it in spades.

“I was diagnosed with cancer when I was 20,” says Frank, “I was in my third year of kinesiology at the University of Calgary when they found tumours in my brain.”

The experience of understanding a patient’s condition from their perspective, and being able to feel what they are feeling, is a major reason why Frank chose to become a nurse — and it’s also why he’s pursuing a career in oncology nursing.

“Having such a close connection to cancer, I have an intimate relationship with the disease and the pain it can cause,” he adds. “I feel very much connected to oncology patients — and I have a very strong drive to do everything in my power as a nurse to help them.”

Frank believes that, while there can be a great deal of suffering in a hospital setting, a nurse can greatly ease that suffering by providing excellent care.

“I want to be that nurse that made me smile while I was still in treatment,” he says. “I want to give oncology patients the same expert care I was given while I was so sick.”

Before his diagnosis, Frank enjoyed athletics as a national level white water kayaker — and always took an interest in the human body and how it works, but back then lacked a perspective on how he could capitalize on his interest.

“The idea of a gym teacher or a physiotherapist held little appeal, but after meeting so many amazing and empathetic nurses, I knew that nursing was what I wanted to do,” he says.

“Having a keen understanding of what it is like to be a patient, I wanted to able to pass on the tenets of patient-centred care as a nurse.”

After working as a Registered Nurse in Clinical Neurosciences at Foothills Medical Centre for the past year, Frank has now set his sights set on oncology nursing, where he can care for cancer patients and those at risk of getting the disease.

“Through my time as both a student and as a registered nurse, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a handful of cancer patients, with some cases presenting as very similar to my own,” he says.

“The teaching the nurses provided to both me and my family helped me to feel confident in what the next steps would be in a new and foreign process. I want to give that same help to patients who are in similar shoes now that I once was.”

Frank has also taken his experience as a patient and desire to help other patients one step further. He’s currently a Patient Advisor on the Calgary Cancer Patient & Family Advisory Council. Frank gives input on provincial patient-education programs and works with the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) Quality Council to enhance patient- and family-centred capabilities in the delivery of care at FMC. As well, he attends events to speak about his experiences.

Now in remission and living with diabetes as a result of his bout with cancer, Frank is returning to climbing, hiking and kayaking — activities he enjoyed prior to his diagnosis — and is back to living what he calls a more normal life.

“In my time with these patients, I want to offer them the hope that a normal life can be found after a cancer diagnosis. As long as I provide empathetic and expert nursing care to a patient, whether in oncology or not, I’ve achieved my goal as a nurse.”

Oncology Nursing Day

This Tuesday, April 5, marks the 13th Annual Oncology Nursing Day, with events taking place across Canada to recognize the valuable role oncology nurses play in our provincial and national healthcare systems.

 Frank says he’s also looking forward to attending the 28th annual conference of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, to be held Oct. 20-23 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, here in Calgary. For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.cano-acio.ca/conference-events 

PEI Chapter of Oncology Nurses

The PEI Chapter of CANO will celebrate OND at a local restaurant. Prior to dinner, chapter members will have a CANO meeting and view the OND video. The chapter has purchased the COSTaRS practice Guides for each of its members and plans to discuss how to use these in their clinics. They have put up the OND posters in various areas around our work sites to celebrate oncology nurses.

To take part in Oncology Nursing Day on the island, please reach out to:

Kara McQuaid-Duffy BScN RN CON(C)
Clinical Nurse Leader/Educator
PEI Cancer Treatment Centre
60 Riverside Drive Charlottetown, PE
C1A 8T5

GTCON (Greater Toronto Chapter of Oncology Nurses)

The Greater Toronto Chapter of CANO presents:


GTCON will be having a dinner educational talk with gifts and door prizes.


  • Dr. Henry Kreiger, MD, FRCPC, Hematologist/Oncologist, The Scarborough Hospital
  • Tammy DeGelder, MN, NP, CON( C) Nurse Practitioner, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre
  • Nancy Wolf, RN, BScN, Hospital Nurse Educator, Quintiles


  1. Review Breaking News in Hematology and Oncology
  2. Discuss the clinical implications of the new data on current
     nursing practices.
  3. Share Interprofessional Collaborative Best Practices


6:30 PM – Registration and Reception

7:00 PM – Presentation and Discussion

8:30 PM – Dinner and close


116 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto

+ 416 961-9600

Register by Friday April 1st by clicking on the link below:


FREE for CANO members (CANO ID number required upon registration) Not a member yet? Inquire about joining today:  Please advise of any dietary restrictions.

This event is supported by In compliance with the Rx&D Code of Conduct, this invitation is extended to HealthCare Professionals only 

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