​K.M. Graham Canadian, 1913 – 2008, Benedicte, Omnia Opera (Second Arctic Series), 1973, acrylic on Canvas (Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario)
Cancer Experience Program, Proud Member of UHN

Patients and their caregivers at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM) and the University Health Network (UHN) receive world-class treatment of their disease. Patients and caregivers deserve equally outstanding attention to their personal experience across the journey of care.

The UHN Cancer Experience Program:

  • Addresses the need for cancer care that is not only medically rigorous, but also empathic, inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible for all
  • Aims to infuse comfort and confidence into every interaction to support the wellbeing of patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, and trainees
  • Ensures that essential information and guidance is available to patients and caregivers as they navigate through the complex system of care

Contact Us
If you would like more information about the program, please contact cancerexperience@uhn.ca.

Steve Driscoll Canadian, The wind does not move in one direction, 2020, Urethane on plastic panel


In 2020, The Princess Margaret's leadership team identified Cancer Experience as a top priority to elevate the experience of patients, caregivers and our healthcare providers. Dr. Gary Rodin, the founder and former Head of the Department of Supportive Care at The Princess Margaret, was appointed as the inaugural Director of the UHN Cancer Experience Program.


To support and develop initiatives that improve the interconnected wellbeing of patients, families, caregivers, staff and trainees in the Cancer Program. The ultimate goal of the Cancer Experience Program is to ensure that cancer care and opportunities for staff and trainees are inclusive and equitable.


Initiatives in the Cancer Experience Program fit within the strategic priorities of the SuNDAE framework:

  • Su - Supportive Communication
  • N - Navigation
  • D - Diversity
  • A - Ambience
  • E - E​ngagement
photo of Gary Rodin
A Message From the Director
“For many patients and their loved ones, the diagnosis and treatment of cancer can be a terrifying and confusing period in their lives. The Cancer Experience Program focuses on the interconnected well-being of patients, loved ones, healthcare providers and trainees using a framework that reflects we’re all in this together.” - Gary Rodin

Last reviewed: 9/14/2022
Last modified: 12/7/2023 9:45 AM
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