Survivorship is living with and beyond cancer.

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What is Survivorship?

In a sentence, survivorship is living with and beyond cancer. Survivorship covers the physical, psychosocial, and economic issues of cancer, from diagnosis until the end of life. Continue Reading »

About Us

The Alberta CancerBridges team is a large provincial collection of professionals and survivors with special interest in researching and delivering evidence-based survivorship care. Continue Reading »

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CancerBridges Fundraising

Posted December 7th, 2017

CancerBridges is reaching out this holiday season to ask if you can donate to our cancer survivorship efforts. We have operated in Alberta through the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology over the last nine years. In that time we developed this website, created a half-day educational symposium that served 2000 survivors, and conducted research to document the needs of cancer survivors and to develop innovations based on those needs. At this time, our funding has run short to continue to provide these services, and to further develop our interventions. Any donations you make are accepted through the University of Calgary and are tax deductible in Canada. Just hit the “Donate Here” button at the bottom of this page to continue.


Any amount you can donate is appreciated!

If it is over $25.00, a tax receipt is automatically generated from the University of Calgary. If $25.00 or under, just put in the comments section that you would like a tax receipt, and it will be generated.

Thank you for your interest and support of our survivorship work!!


Janine Giese-Davis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Oncology

University of Calgary

Director CancerBridges

Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study

Posted November 4th, 2017

If you live in Calgary and have been diagnosed with testicular cancer, you have the opportunity to participate in a research study that aims to improve quality of life and treatment for future cancer patients.  Please see below for further details.




If you live in Calgary (AB), currently have testicular cancer or are a testicular cancer survivor, and are interested in taking part in research that could help improve quality of life and treatment for future cancer patients, we would like to talk with you. We are recruiting participants for a study with the hopes of gaining a better understanding of the unique challenges that testicular cancer and its treatment can present. This will be an opportunity to share your experience of testicular cancer with a qualified member of our research team while contributing valuable information to medical research. To volunteer to participate, or to learn more about this project, please contact David Mackay at 403-702-6404 or


Talking with Children and Teens about Cancer

Posted October 30th, 2017

If you’re looking for information and support to help you talk with children and teens about cancer, a variety of Canadian and international resources are available.


Canadian Resources

BC Cancer Agency: Children and the Family WebsitesThe BC Cancer Agency evaluated and compiled a list of helpful informational and support websites, printed materials, and multimedia for families and children who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

For more information, visit:


Canadian Cancer Society: Telling Children — The Canadian Cancer Society website offers information and strategies for talking with children about cancer.

For more information, visit:


Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology: Start the Talk website — Start the Talk is a comprehensive online resource for those who are seeking support regarding communication with children and teens about cancer. The website offers learning modules and videos that focus on a range of topics pertaining to talking with children and teens about cancer.

For more information, visit:



International Resources

Several other organizations from around the world offer websites with information, strategies, and tips for talking with children about a variety of topics related to cancer.


American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Talking with Your Children.



American Cancer Society: Helping Children When a Family Member has Cancer: Dealing with Diagnosis.



Australian Cancer Council – New South Wales. For Family and Friends.


                *For a printable booklet:


Cancer Research UK. Talking to Children



National Cancer Institute (NCI). Talking to Children about Your Cancer




Additional Resources & Support

Telling Kids About Cancer is a website that provides a step-by-step process for talking with children about cancer, a conversation guide, and examples of conversations.



The book, When a Parent is Sick: Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children, by Joan Hamilton, is a helpful resource for parents and family members (Pottersfield Press, 2007).


For further support, Psychosocial Oncology offers counseling to individuals and families.  To contact the Psychosocial Oncology Department, call:

403-355-3207 (Calgary)

780-643-4304 (Edmonton)


Connecting Alberta cancer survivors with the resources they need to make the rest of their life the best of their life