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#CAPhOCon15 is the official conference Twitter hashtag.

We have an exciting contest to be announced at Saturday morning's opening remarks in St. John's. Those attending live and those following along at home via Twitter are eligible for prizes! For those at home, details (video) will be posted on CAPhO's twitter account: @capho_acpho

Why use Twitter at a conference?

There are many benefits; Dr. Christian Sinclair highlights some of these in this article...Read more

As announced last month here , Broadfield's Buddies, as promised, sported in blue in support of CAPhO founder Larry Broadfield. The following is a sample of some of the photos captured from that day (hat tip to Philip Shaheen and Meg McCallum for the pics). Well done and all the best to Larry!

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This was forwarded to us from a colleague of Larry's:

"In honour of Larry Broadfield, CCNS [Cancer Care Nova Scotia] Staff are participating in Dress in Blue Day March 25th, 2015. "

"Dress in Blue Day is a fund-raiser for the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. To that end, we have created a team "Broadfield's Buddies". If you'd like to make a contribution (no pressure) click here or go to...Read more

Guest post by Tom McFarlane


Until relatively recently, metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) was a disease with very few treatment options available. Patient options were limited to bisphosphonate use for bony metastases and, eventually, chemotherapy of somewhat questionable efficacy with docetaxel and/or mitoxantrone. Since 2010, there have been several promising agents which have emerged in both the pre-chemo and post-chemo settings in mCRPC which have demonstrated progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS)...Read more

Amy Smith, as part of her Green Oncology series

The severe neurotoxicities that may occur with methotrexate (MTX) therapy are unpredictable and troubling (to say the least). During a recent experience, a patient with high dose MTX induced leukoencephalopathy presenting with concurrent disorientation and confusion left me seeking ways to resolve these concerning symptoms. Although the benefits of aminophylline have been discussed on list servers or email threads...Read more

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by Amy Smith, as part of her Green Oncology series

Recently, I had the unique opportunity to collaborate with Dr. David Blackburn, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, on a research project with a focus in patient adherence. We reviewed de-identified patient data from the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) to assess compliance rates to an orally administered chemotherapy agent: abiraterone .

The Issue:

A shift is occurring in chemotherapy administration from...Read more

by Amy Smith, as part of her Green Oncology series

The Issue:

In a previous posting, I focused on qualities I admire in pharmacy preceptors. However, on the other side of the precepting equation is the pharmacy student. Once again a student myself, I am actively reflecting on the qualities I wish to embody to achieve the best possible learning experience. Below are some characteristics I hope to display and hope other students will as well. So to finish this two part series…Dear Pharmacy...Read more

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Guest post by Sarah Lutes, Pharmacy Resident, AHS Cancer Control

Currently, the standard practice at Alberta Health Services for newly diagnosed grade 3 and 4 glioma is surgery plus radiation. Patients with 1p/19q-codeleted tumors are also given six cycles of procarbazine, lomustine and vincristine (PCV). There is currently no accepted standard practice for recurrent glioblastoma mulitforme (GBM), however the RESCUE protocol (temazolamide 50mg/m2 given daily) or Avastin® (bevacizumab) are used most often. Other options include...Read more

by Amy Smith, as part of her Green Oncology series

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During my “on-again, off-again” relationship with formal education, I have experienced experiential learning from both sides. As a pharmacist, I gained experience as a preceptor and as a PharmD student, once again I am the student myself.

I am writing from a unique point of view. A collection of experiences has led me to realize the features I appreciate in a preceptor and a student (upcoming part 2). My first letter… Dear Pharmacy...Read more

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Mark Pasetka B.Sc., B.Sc.Pharm., Pharm.D.

Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator

Odette Cancer Centre – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

CAPhO President-Elect

Author's Note: "This was a radiation therapy focused article – i.e., that was limited to 1000 words and therefore, short. I focused on the 5-FU induced cardiotoxicity mostly and provided a very basic overview, not on anthracycline induced cardiotoxicity as is much more commonly reported."

Chemotherapy used for the treatment of cancer carry several significant...Read more

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