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Caregivers are central members of the cancer care team. They have many critical roles including emotional support, patient advocates, and care providers among others. Their critical role has never been more clear and their responsibilities are only increasing as more treatments are delivered in the outpatient setting.
Being a caregiver is often deeply rewarding; however, it can also be stressful. Caregiver distress and burnout is a serious concern and requires dedicated resources and supports.
At Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, we are making caregivers a priority. The Princess Margaret Caregiver Program is the first program in a cancer centre to comprehensively focus on caregivers through education, support and resources. This program is also an innovation hub for dedicated research to advance the science of the cancer caregiver experience.
Central to the Princess Margaret Caregivers Program is the Caregiver Support and Skills Course. The Caregiver Support and Skills Course will be delivered online through Princess Margaret's learning management system,
Cancer Classes Online. The course can be tailored to an individual caregiver's needs and journey. It aims to provide caregivers with information and tools to accomplish their caregiving role and promote their wellbeing.
The Caregiver Support and Skills Course includes topics such as:
The Caregiver Support and Skills Course will launch in Fall 2021.
If you would like further information about the program, please contact
The Advisory represents the diverse specialties and expertise across the cancer program and includes current and former caregivers and patients.
Team Members: Janet Papadakos, Naa Kwarley Quartey, Tina Papadakos, Meredith Giuliani, Mohamed Ugas, Andrew Stechkevich, Mary Hooey
Collaborators: David Wiljer, Jennifer Deering, Santhosh Thyagu
The objective of this study is to verify and explore the education and training needs of informal caregivers of cancer patients. The results from this study will directly inform the creation of a comprehensive caregiver curriculum.
Principal Investigator: Janet Papadakos
The aim of this study is to solicit patient and caregiver input about their cancer-related informational and supportive care needs. The needs of caregivers will be determined in three ways: identifying unique informational needs of patients and caregivers, determining how much information they need on each topic, and analyzing how patients and caregivers prefer to get this information. The results of this study will directly inform the adaptation and development of new information and supportive care resources. The results of this study will also help guide program expansion in the different cancer clnics in ways that support patient and family-centred education and empowerment.
Team Members: Mijia Murong, Lorraine Pirrie, Eleni Giannopoulos, Meredith Giuliani, Janet Papadakos
The objective of this review is to explore what is known about cancer caregivers who are newcomers with limited language proficiency with respect to the dominant language of their country of residence. The literature search yielded 11,165 articles, with 93 articles meeting inclusion criteria. Findings from this review will help generate an understanding of how to better support cancer caregivers and help inform development of programs to address their unique communication needs.
Authors: Janet Papadakos, Diana Samoil, Ben Umakanthan, Rebecca Charow, Jennifer M. Jones, Andrew Matthew, Rinat Nissim, Aman Sayal, Meredith Giuliani
This review summarizes what is known about caregiver support programs. The literature search yielded 34,906 articles, leading to 119 articles meeting the inclusion criteria. The review concluded that most caregiver support programs have a unidimensional focus on psychoeducational training. There is also pronounced absence in the collection of participant socio-demographic data, which can provide important information about disparities in access to care.
For caregivers of Princess Margaret patients,
visit the Caregiver Clinic website for support and resources.
Want to know more about cancer? Visit
Cancer Answers to search for information, and
Cancer Classes Online to learn about cancer when you are ready.