CAPhO Compass

The Compass is the blog of the Canadian Association of Oncology in Pharmacy. It covers multiple topics related to the practice of oncology pharmacy in Canada. For information about how to submit a post, please contact the Communications Committee Chair

The CAPhO Communications Committee is seeking volunteers to be part of their Social Media Subcommittee! The Committee’s focus is enhancing a social media presence for CAPhO on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

The Committee will be exploring ways to ensure members are up to date on the profession of oncology pharmacy, and current events in Canada and internationally that impact the profession. We are hoping to get volunteers from every Province to have representation from across...Read more

by Lynne Nakashima, BSc(Pharm), PharmD, BC Cancer Provincial Pharmacy Director and FCAPhO Task Force Chair

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unsettling event for all of us. It seemed to turn our world upside down in a minute and created a whole new reality. This has been particularly difficult for the profession of Pharmacy because we are used to order and organization. For those working in retail practice, they found themselves thrust on the front lines, with little preparation, but facing worried patients wanting advice and early refills. For those in hospitals, they...Read more

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I am incredibly grateful to have interned at the BC Cancer Provincial Pharmacy Department during my second to fourth years as a pharmacy student. The endless guidance and support that the Provincial Pharmacy team has given me helped me grow in so many ways. I was provided with constant opportunities to increase my knowledge and advance my research, organizational, and communication skills by:

Working on various projects Presenting research posters at conferences Attending educational sessions Shadowing clinical pharmacists and pharmacy residents Collaborating with other healthcare...Read more

This past summer, I had the pleasure of being part of BC Cancer’s Provincial Pharmacy student internship program. As this was my first experience in a non-dispensing pharmacy, my 15-week internship enveloped me in an exciting, yet intimidating new environment filled with many learning opportunities. I gained valuable insight and an appreciation for this field of pharmacy, while learning some life lessons along the way. Here are three of the many lessons that I have learned:

1. Learning opportunities that come with being in uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations...Read more

For the past six weeks, I have had the pleasure of interning in the BC Cancer Provincial Pharmacy department where I have gained valuable insight into the field of oncology pharmacy practice and have had many learning opportunities during my short internship. There are the three key lessons that I have learned:

The importance of interprofessional collaboration As a student you often hear about the importance of interprofessional collaboration. I truly was able to appreciate it when I had the...Read more

The BC Cancer Pharmacy Education Program is a self-directed, online continuing professional education program that was developed by BC Cancer pharmacists to incorporate the unique perspective of oncology pharmacy practice in British Columbia. The main priority of the program is to create modules for the development of core practice skills, which are suitable to learners who are new to oncology or who want to refresh their knowledge.Read more

Phase 2 of the Drug Interactions Program will test your skills! In these Cases, there are 4 ‘paths’ provided as options – you are expected to choose the path you think best manages the interaction based on your clinical reasoning.Read more

Kathy Gesy is well known within CAPhO and is the CSHP (Saskatchewan Branch) recipient of the Pharmacist of the Year Award presented on Oct 21, 2016 in Regina, SK. Kathy graduated from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan in 1978 with Great Distinction. After completing a hospital pharmacy residency at University Hospital, she worked as a research coordinator on a national pharmacy workload measurement system and lecturer at the College of Pharmacy. Kathy also worked as a staff pharmacist at University Hospital and the...Read more
This past summer, I have interned in the Provincial Pharmacy department at the BC Cancer Agency . My excitement about this internship centered around two main attractions: 1) the opportunity to become involved at the forefront of oncology practice, and 2) the chance to interact and learn from leaders in the field. Upon reflecting on my time here, these are three of my takeaway points: Oncology is a unique field of practice that presents many unique challenges for pharmacists.
There are so many new oncology drugs that are being developed...Read more
Just prior to last year’s CAPhO Conference in Niagara Falls, the CAPhO Executive was approached by CAPhO member Mario De Lemos regarding ASCO’s recently published antiemetic guideline update. Mario very astutely noted that oncology pharmacists were excluded from the targeted audience. As part of ongoing efforts in advocacy, CAPhO President Mark Pasetka and Past-President Jennifer Jupp drafted a Letter to the Editor to the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Continuing...Read more

This past June, one of CAPhO’s past presidents Dr Carlo De Angelis was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Ontario Pharmacists Association . We cannot be more excited for him to be receiving this huge honour.

Dr De Angelis has been practicing in oncology pharmacy as Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 1985, and became assistant professor at the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy in 1986. He has spent the last 30 years inspiring generations of...Read more

Here's a recap (Part 3 - Sunday) of some of the outstanding live reporting from CAPhO Conference 2016 (#CAPhOCon16) via Twitter by many of our members, near and far. Check out dozens of clinical pearls, celebration of colleagues' achievements, and much more....Read more

Here's a recap (Part 2) of some of the outstanding live reporting from CAPhO Conference 2016 (#CAPhOCon16) via Twitter by many of our members, near and far....Read more

I am truly excited about the future of CAPhO.

I’m excited for the initiatives we are set to embark on achieving, and encouraged by those enthusiastic and engaged members who will help chart and explore these pathways.

This makes it easier to pass on the torch to the next to be Chair of the Communications Committee, Soha , as I do so with mixed emotions, or maybe an emulsion of emotions, as they all blend in together...

In 2009-10, I was recruited to be Communications Officer for CAPhO by then...Read more

Here's a recap (Part 1) of some of the outstanding live reporting from CAPhO Conference 2016 (#CAPhOCon16) via Twitter by many of our members, near and far. I think it's safe to say this year's instalment was a success, in this the 20th anniversary of CAPhO.

What were some of your highlights from Niagara Falls?

[ View the story "#CAPhOCon16 Highlights Part 1" on Storify ]Read more