Jackie Manthorne, President & CEO of CCSN, attended and presented at the 2014 conference of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology in Winnipeg, April 30-May 2. The 2014 conference brought together interdisciplinary professionals to explore, share, learn and discuss the psychosocial aspects of cancer. CAPO’s annual conference convenes researchers, clinicians and community-based organizations from several professions, including: medical, psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, spiritual care, nutrition, rehabilitation medicine, occupational health and radiation oncology as well as representatives of community organizations and patient groups.
Manthorne’s presentation was entitled Issues impacting cancer survivors: Results of CCSN’s Survey. This survey, conducted in June 2014, asked CCSN’s membership about patient experiences with Canada’s healthcare system during and following treatment, and cancer survivorship issues.
The Survey was completed by 128 patients, survivors and caregivers diagnosed with a variety of cancers. Issues identified were divided into five main categories:
· Post-treatment issues
· Psychological/mental health issues
· Changes to the family dynamic
· Difficulties transitioning back to work
· Financial issues