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Emotional and psychological impact

Dr. Alan Bates, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Alan Bates finished a PhD focused on neuroimaging at the University of Nottingham before completing his MD and Psychiatry residency at UBC. He has also completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Dr. Bates has published peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from brain imaging to delirium to palliative care and has a special interest in incorporating physical fitness and teamwork into treatment for psychiatric illness. His volunteer work has been recognized through honours including a Queen Elizatbeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and participation in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. Dr. Bates is also the Provincial Practice Leader for Psychiatry at the BC Cancer Agency and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC.

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Dr. Mark Katz

Dr. Mark Katz is the Provincial Head for Psychosocial Oncology (PSO) at Cancer Care Ontario and Co-Medical Director for the Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Program at Stronach Regional Cancer Centre in Newmarket, Ontario. He is a Staff Psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Psychiatric Consult Liaison Service at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, and is the founder and Director of the Rapid Assessment for Psychopharmacologic Treatment (RAPT) Clinic at Southlake. His academic and clinical interests have included depression in cancer, psychosocial aspects of head and neck cancer, depression in the medically ill, and mood disorders in general. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Christine Maheu, RN, PhD

Dr. Christine Maheu is an Associate Professor in the Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Maheu is also an Affiliate Scientist at the University Health Network and the University of Toronto. At McGill University, she teaches research methods, supervises graduate students (masters, doctoral, post-doctoral), mentors practicing nurses and students in research, and conducts research in English and French. She has held research awards with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. These awards funded her research in psychosocial oncology, which focuses on developing and testing psychosocial interventions or measurements tools for various cancer populations. Additionally, in partnership with Ipsos Canada and funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, she is co-leading a nationwide survey of the needs of cancer patients for transition care from the end of their treatment to three years after their diagnosis. Dr. Maheu received awards for excellence in nursing research (2013, 2015, 2016) from Ovarian Cancer Canada, the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, and the Quebec Association of Nurses in Oncology.

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Ms. Rosemary Cashman

Ms. Rosemary Cashman is a nurse practitioner at the BC Cancer Agency and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Her professional experience includes the care of lymphoma, lung cancer and brain cancer patients. She co-chairs the Patient and Family Advisory Council, which guides the brain tumour care program at the BC Cancer Agency. She has authored book chapters and articles related to the care of brain tumour patients and their families. Ms. Cashman was involved in developing and implementing a rapid-access radiotherapy clinic for the palliative treatment of lung cancer and she continues to work in this clinic.

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Kyla Johnson, Occupational Therapist, Segal Cancer Centre, Jewish General Hospital

Ms. Kyla Johnson, M.Sc.A., originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Kyla Johnson works as an Occupational Therapist at the Segal Cancer Center of the Jewish General Hospital. She holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from McGill University. Her goal as a rehabilitation professional in Oncology is to enable people with cancer to be able to do what they want and need to do, in all stages of their cancer experience. Kyla helps develop strategies and accommodations to facilitate a return to meaningful life roles, including work. She is specialized in cancer-related cognitive dysfunction and runs a weekly group teaching strategies to improve daily cognitive functioning. Kyla also leads a volunteer yoga class for young adults with cancer. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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A cancer diagnosis can have a profound effect on a person’s feelings, roles and relationships on finances and on mental and physical health. The experience of cancer can be a truly life-altering experience that leads people to see priorities in new ways. This new way of seeing life can bring about positive changes in our lives, but it can also be disruptive and painful, and it is not uncommon to feel distressed, anxious and sad. It is important to take some time to reflect on the psychological impact that your cancer has had.