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Cancer and Work Seminars to come:

Looking for work using social media (for cancer survivors)

Feb 15 and 22nd , 2018

At B.C. Cancer,  Vancouver Cancer Centre

To register call 604-877-6000  extension: 672194


Returning to Work Group

Jan 29 and 30th  2018

At B.C. Cancer,  Vancouver Island Cancer Center (Victoria, B.C.)

To register call 1-250-519-5525


Job Search Seminar for Cancer Patients

Jan 29th, 2018

At B.C. Cancer,  Vancouver Island Cancer Center (Victoria, B.C.)

To register call 1-250-519-5525

News Update

Nurse practitioners now allowed to complete medical reports required by the CPP disability program
On December 14 2017, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, highlighted an important change to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability program, in support of his commitment to improve delivery of programs and services for all Canadians. As of that date, treating nurse practitioners (NPs) can provide patients with medical evidence required by the CPP disability program.
NPs are now able to independently complete the initial medical report included in the application kit for CPP disability benefits, as well as the medical forms associated with the automatic reinstatement and reassessment of CPP disability benefits and the Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
“We understand the emotional and financial stress that a serious health condition can place on an individual and their family. Health professionals play a key role in the CPP disability benefit process. Allowing nurse practitioners to complete the medical reports required by the CPP disability program will simplify the overall process and make the program more accessible for Canadians,” Minister Duclos stated in a news release.
“The changes to the CPP disability program allow NPs to practise to the full extent of their regulated scope of practice. It is great news for people applying for disability benefits and will allow timely access to care for millions of patients whose primary care is delivered by NPs. Canada’s health-care system will benefit from less duplication of services, fewer barriers to care and lower health-care costs as a result of these changes,” added Barb Shellian, president of the Canadian Nurses Association.

Participants needed: Fear and Cancer Worry Study group

Study Title:  Addressing Cancer Worry and Fear of Cancer Recurrence among women with breast or ovarian cancer. A Quality of Life study funded by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Purpose: The purpose of the study is to evaluate how best we can help women manage their fear of cancer recurrence and cancer worries from their participation in a group support.

Who is Eligible?

  • Women with a diagnosis of breast or gynecological cancer and who have completed treatment or who are close to completing treatment
  • Fluency in English
  • 18 years or older
  • Available to attend in person 6 weekly sessions. Groups to start week of May 8th on the Monday (breast cancer) and Thursday (gynecological cancer)

Recruitment for the January 11th 2018 group: 

  • We are currently recruiting participants to participate in the next free support group for fear of cancer recurrence and cancer anxiety to be held at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • Transportation and parking are covered
  • 6 weeks of no-cost group therapy led by professionals to help you deal with cancer worry and fear of cancer recurrence
  • Thursdays from 6-8pm

Individuals who participate in this study, will be asked to complete a brief set of questionnaires about their worries from having had cancer. Some may receive a brief follow-up telephone interview. The questionnaires will be repeated three times and will take less than 30 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact the study coordinator, Lorena Baku at 416-581-8631, or the Principal Investigator, Dr. Christine Maheu at 514-616-5954, We are currently recruiting participants in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.