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Psychosocial Oncology

Find pyschosocial information to help patients deal with the emotional and the practical  and family related aspects of cancer.

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CAPO Award for Lifetime Achievement 2016 winner is Gina MacKenzie, Provincial Lead for Psychosocial Oncology.This annual award honours a CAPO/ACOP member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors of the association, has made exceptional and enduring career contributions to Psychosocial Oncology.

CAPO Award for Clinical Excellence 2016 winner is Sarah Sample, Practice Leader for PFC, Vancouver Centre.The recipient of this award is someone who demonstrates outstanding clinical contributions to psychosocial oncology. The award focuses on the distinctive contribution made in providing or developing services to patients and families; and/or in clinical supervision of others. Innovation and sustained successful clinical service are what distinguishes the recipient of this award.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Award in Support of Psychosocial Oncology Excellence - 2015 winner is Dr. Douglas Ozier for his poster presentation: Intervention to improve emotional well being and cognitive functioning in brain tumour survivors.


Dr. Andrea Grabovac, Associate Editor, Mindfulness Journal

Heather Rennie, Practice Leader for Provincial Psychosocial Programs at BC Cancer is one of the co-investigators on a CBCF grant focused on developing practical strategies for improving physical activity among women with cancer.

Title: Improving physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour among breast cancer survivors: MOVING research into practice 

Granting Agency: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Term: 5 years (July 2015 to June 2020)
Amount Requested: $378,859.

Co-investigators: Sabiston, C. M., Vallance, J., Ahmed, R., Brunet, J., Campbell, K., Courneya, K., Culos-Reed, S. N., Faulkner, G., Friedenreich, C., Gauvin, L.,  Jones, J., Karvinen, K., Keats, M., McGowan, E., Rennie, H, Santa Mina, D. 
Additional Authors: Fong, A. J., Tomasone, J., Trinh, L.

$2000 for four staff to present at the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Annual Conference 2015

Kate Collie, Sara Prins Hankinson, Mary Norton, Catherine Dunlop, Mady Mooney, Gretchen Miller and Janine Giese-Davis, Online art therapy groups for young adults with cancer,  Arts & Health, 2016

Alan T. Bates, MD, PhD (Psychiatrist at BC Cancer Vancouver Centre) and Yesne Alici, Delirium, Psychtimes, 2015

Alan T. Bates and Julia A. Kearney, Understanding death with limited experience in life: dying children’s and adolescents’ understanding of their own terminal illness and death, Review, Current opinion, Volume 9 _ Number 1 _ March 2015 


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