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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

In case you haven't heard of it before now, TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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:

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The seemingly neverending saga of drug shortages was one of the subjects we wanted to highlight on The CAPhO Compass. There is no shortage of information to be found from various associations and media outlets. We'll attempt to tease out and showcase some of the more useful content.

The first of what is hoped to be a series of posts on this issue is a Powerpoint presentation by an oncology pharmacist resident, Kristin Anderson, who presented on this topic to pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in an oncology setting in August, 2011. The...Read more

The CAPhO Compass is the latest initiative by the Communications Committee as another means to communicate with members. The Compass marks the official CAPhO entry into the blogosphere!

Location on the website

To locate the CAPhO Compass from the home page , simply highlight the News & Events tab (second from the right), which is on of the main tabs on the horizontal located below the logo. You will then find CAPhO...Read more