Advocacy for Oncology Pharmacy

Cancer has touched the lives of every Canadian and so has how we treat it. The Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology works to ensure that cancer and its treatments are put on the agenda of health-care decision makers.

Just as oncology pharmacy is integral to the treatment of cancer, so oncology pharmacists and technicians are integral members of every cancer-related health care team.

We advocate for oncology pharmacy by:

  • Identifying legislative affairs, issues and trends that impact CAPhO members
  • Identifying target groups for advocacy issues
  • Creating, overseeing and supporting advocacy initiatives and public relations efforts
  • Being available to CAPhO members and members of the public who require specific information on oncology pharmacy

To find out more about CAPhO's advocacy program, contact the Advocacy Committee Chair.

CAPhO is a member of the Canadian Cancer Action Network Associate Membership Program and will be working closely with CCAN to support pan-Canadian efforts to build a strong, sustainable cancer control model for all Canadians.

Note: CAPhO does not promote the work of patient advocacy groups on its website.


Past advocacy activities

Report from the Joint Commission on the Cancer Workforce
February 19-20, 2007
Submitted by Lynne Nakashima

Human resources continues to be a significant issue for all areas of the health care system. In particular, in the area of cancer management, there is a need to ensure appropriate human resources. For Pharmacy, including both Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, there are significant challenges in ensuring appropriate human resources are available. This joint meeting of the CAPCA and CPAC committees on human resources for the cancer workforce is intended to move forward with planning and actions to ensure appropriate resources for the future.

Response to the ASCO-ESMO Consensus Statement on Quality Cancer Care
Submitted by Gabriel Gazzé

CAPhO Response: We have read with interest your ASCO-ESMO Consensus Statement on Quality Cancer Care published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology 24 (21) July 20, 2006 (p 3498-9). In section 7 of this article, Multidisciplinary Cancer Care, we were surprised by the absence of the clinical oncology pharmacist as part of the multidisciplinary team...

Report on the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control Human Resources Action Group
May 14, 2003
Submitted by Lynne Nakashima

The Human Resources Action Group (HRAG) is one of the five priority action groups of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (CSCC) and consists of representatives from the various cancer workforce job classifications as well as provincial cancer agencies/programs. Its task is to identify common approaches to human resource planning and alternative models of care delivery.

Report from the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies
October 17, 2002
Submitted by Lynne Nakashima

Joint meeting of the Systemic Advisory Committee and the Inter-Provincial Drug Strategies and Guidelines Working Group

Review of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control Clinical Practice Guidelines Workshop
September 2002
Submitted by Lynne Nakashima

The Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (CSCC) hosted a national workshop on clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for cancer care on Sept. 13-15, 2002 in Ottawa, ON.