Vol 15, No 3 (2008)

Cover Page

“View from the Void”
Photography by a Person Diagnosed with Cancer
United States

Looking out from the void that engulfs
Life goes on around you
Each cycle of poison taints you to stay
Within it’s dark depths
your soul emerges days later
your Body follows
Fighting for the life you took for granted –
Am I too later as I watch it walk away

The photograph on the cover of this issue is entitled “View From the Void” and was created by a person diagnosed with cancer from the United States. The selection was an entrant in the 2006 Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey International Art Competition and Exhibition.  

Oncology on Canvas was created by Eli Lilly and Company as a way to honour the journeys people take when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. The program invited people diagnosed with any type of cancer, their families and friends, cancer advocates, healthcare providers, as well as artists and art students to express, through art and in narrative, their own cancer journeys.

The inaugural competition in 2004 received nearly 500 entries from 23 countries and the 2006 competition received more than 2,000 entries from 43 countries. All winners were awarded a monetary donation to the cancer charity of their choice.

The rich and enduring collection of art is travelling the world and continues to touch the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Current Oncology is committed to the Canadian oncology community as well as oncology communities around the world. We are pleased to help raise awareness of this great program created by Lilly. Current Oncology will be selecting a new artwork for each cover from previous and upcoming competitions.