The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) is an organization of professionals, clinicians, researchers, educators, and others dedicated to the understanding, treatment and study of the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and quality-of-life aspects of cancer.

CAPO leads nationally and globally in promoting capacity for, and excellence in psychosocial oncology services to enhance the wellness of individuals and families.

The purpose of the CAPO is to foster and encourage interdisciplinary excellence in psychosocial research education and clinical practice in oncology.

CAPO Digest

CAPO Digests are summaries of recent psychosocial oncology research which have published in peer-reviewed journals in and out of the main psychosocial oncology outlets that may be of interest to CAPO members. We hope you enjoy these Digests. If you are interested in submitting a CAPO Digest please contact the CAPO office at capo@funnel.ca.

CAPO Digest

Sleep Disturbance in Adults with Cancer

Featuring Dr. Cheryl Harris, C. Psych.
October 10, 2018 at 12pm EST

This webinar will highlight evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders in adults with cancer with a particular focus on chronic insomnia. The ongoing Sleep Well trial will be described as a potential online resource for cancer survivors with chronic insomnia.

 

Webinar Objectives

  • Develop a greater understanding of sleep disorders in the context of cancer.
  • Learn about the optimal assessment and management of insomnia in adults with cancer.
  • Learn about access to the Sleep Well Study as a potential online resource for cancer survivors with chronic insomnia.

 

Speaker Bio
Dr. Cheryl Harris is a clinical, health, and rehabilitation psychologist at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre.  She is co-principal investigator of a randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of online cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia in cancer survivors and evaluating potential side-effects of the treatment.  She is co-author of the Pan-Canadian Practice Guideline: Prevention, Screening, Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Disturbances in Adults with Cancer, co-authored a chapter in the learning companion to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders Diagnostic and Coding Manual, and was co-editor of a publication distributed by the Canadian Sleep Society. Other research interests include psychological approaches to the management of cancer-related pain, fear of cancer recurrence, body image following cancer treatment, and stepped care.

 

Registration


CAPO is pleased to release a series of free webinars. To further our efforts to encourage interdisciplinary excellence in psychosocial research education and clinical practice in oncology, the CAPO Education Committee in collaboration with the CAPO Research Committee has planned a series of webinars of varied topics address psychosocial oncology.  Learn more

As a means of keeping CAPO members up to date on CAPO activities, we are pleased to introduce “CAPO Crunch” – a 60 second video update on what is happening with CAPO. Following our regular Board Meetings, CAPO’s Past President, Shane Sinclair will shoot a brief video to communicate some of the highlights of what CAPO is working on.

CAPO Connection

The CAPO Connection is a weekly e-mail newsletter. CAPO Connection features the latest news from CAPO, upcoming professional development opportunities and more. Use the form below to subscribe to the public CAPO Connection e-mail mailing list.

 

Past CAPO Connection E-mails

Clinical Practice Guidelines

The evidence-based clinical practice guideline (CPG) movement within oncology, as in other health fields, represents a trend in identifying best practices and standardizing treatments. Within psychosocial oncology, evidence-based CPGs, along with Standards of Care, can help increase awareness of the important and  often unmet psychosocial needs of cancer patients.

These guides to practice can be used by practitioners and organizations to identify and address the challenges and barriers in delivering high quality, accessible psychosocial care. CAPO, in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) and other key partners, is leading initiatives to develop and disseminate national psychosocial oncology clinical practice guidelines.

 


Pan Canadian Guideline: Assessment of Psychosocial Health Needs of the Adult Cancer Patient


Pan Canadian Guidance on Organization and Structure of Survivorship Services and Psychosocial-Supportive Care Best Practices for Adult Cancer Survivors


A Pan-Canadian Practice Guideline: Screening, Assessment and Management of Psychosocial Distress, Major Depression and Anxiety in Adults with Cancer (Version 2, 2015)


Algorithms for Cancer-related Distress, Depression and Global Anxiety


A Pan Canadian Practice Guideline for Screening, Assessment, and Management of Cancer-Related Fatigue in Adults


Algorithms for Cancer related Fatigue


A Pan-Canadian Practice Guideline: Prevention, Screening, Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Disturbances in Adults with Cancer

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Start the Talk

Supporting children and teens when a family member has cancer. A guide for educators and healthcare professionals.

Parlons-en

Soutenir les enfants et les adolescents lorsqu’un membre de la famille est atteint du cancer. Un guide pour les éducateurs, les professionnels de la santé ainsi que pour les patients et leurs proches.

Coping with Cancer

You, a friend or relative may have been recently diagnosed with cancer. This website has been created to help you find clarity and start you down the path of coping with cancer and finding support.