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

We are pleased to let you know that the CAPhO network on Sosido ( http://capho. sosido .com ) is now set up. You should have...Read more

by Kim Hugel - part 2 in Kim's series of articles on...Read more

by Kim Hugel - part 2 in Kim's series of articles on Pharmacist-Initiated Research

Part 1 - can be found here . ...Read more

by Amy Smith (as part of her Green Oncology series )

The Patient Issue

Approximately 50% of Canadians are smart phone users, with the fastest growing population of users between the ages of 55-64 years old. More oncology patients will be turning to technology, including smart phone applications (apps), to assist them through treatments due to the ease of use and extensive availability (more than 7000 health apps are currently available). Understandably technology can...Read more

It's been amazingly four months since NOPS 2012 in Saskatoon took place. Given that we are one-third of the way the way through until NOPS 2013, I thought I'd check in and see if any takeaways from this past National Oncology Pharmacy Symposium have been integrated into your practice - either on a large scale, or even if subtly introduced and utilized.

For instance:

Is motivational interviewing now a regular component of your patient teaching sessions? Have you noticed you're much better equipped to handle anemia management scenarios? Are you less intimidated...Read more

Green Oncology is a series of articles by Amy Smith

The Patient Issue:

Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is perceived by patients as one of the most distressing symptoms of chemotherapy. Of those receiving chemotherapy and/ or radiation therapy, 80% experience CRF. As a subjective side effect, it is difficult for patients to quantify and for clinicians to treat. With improving...Read more

Guest post by Kim Hugel

When I was approached to blog about the residency project that we were doing with one of the Calgary area residents, I admit, I was reluctant. Research is a daunting task as it is and, for me, blogging about it ranked right up there in terms of intimidation. However, I personally think that growth occurs from doing the very things that scare...Read more

Guest post by Amy Smith

Green Oncology: Calcium Supplementation and Reducing the Fracture Risk with Aromatase Inhibitors

The Patient Issue:

Many post-menopausal women with breast cancer will be taking aromatase inhibitors (AIs) such as anastrozole, exemestane, or letrozole. With AI’s having a fracture risk between 6-11% the risk is real. This is an opportunity for pharmacists to provide some clear advice in preventing fractures for these patients.

The Pharmacist’s...Read more

Guest post from Amy Smith

Welcome to my first post of Green Oncology . My name is Amy and I am new to the world of oncology pharmacy. After graduating from University of Saskatchewan in 2010, and completing a hospital residency, I began working at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre in the spring of 2012.

As you know, the world of oncology pharmacy can seem frightening and foreign to a newbie. Therefore my postings on the CAPhO blog will look at our field from a “green” perspective (it has to be green…I am...Read more

The following was a talk at NOPS 2012 just help this past weekend in Saskatoon.

What did the Pharmacist just say to me?
Dr. Carlo De Angelis, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON

Carlo's fantastic talk will be available up on the website soon.

Here are the videos referred to in the talk - Effective Versus Ineffective Patient Interviewing

1. The Ineffective Pharmacist : Demonstration of confrontational approach to patient counseling (as a contrast to motivational interviewing approach). Produced...Read more

“Down to their innate molecular core, cancer cells are hyperactive, survival-endowed, scrappy, fecund, inventive copies of ourselves.”
Siddhartha Mukherjee , The Emperor of All Maladies

“The tools that we will use to battle cancer in the future will doubtless alter so dramatically in 50 years that the geography of cancer prevention and therapy might be unrecognizable.” ...Read more

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What is TEDMED?

TEDMED is a community of people who are passionate about imagining the future of health and medicine.

Once a year, TEDMED holds a "grand gathering" where leaders from all sectors of society come together for three and a half days. They explore the promise of technology and the potential of human achievement. This unique event combines dazzling...Read more

April 3, 2012

Now Available: ISMP International Medication Safety Self Assessment ® for Oncology

Horsham, Pa – Oncology practitioners all over the world can now access a tool that will assist in making drug treatment for cancer even safer for their patients. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), along with ISMP Canada and the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP), has launched the 2012 ISMP International Medication Safety Self Assessment ®...Read more

From Pharmaceutical to Pharmacodynamic Elegance

Traditional: Pharmaceutical Elegance

We all have the phrase pharmaceutical elegance firmly engrained in our brains from our respective university/college/school days (at least most of us – I’ve talked to a couple of my colleagues who are recent grads and I got a “deer in the headlights” look.)

A quick poll of colleagues on what they think of when they hear the term pharmaceutical elegance revealed descriptors such as:

“...Read more