Vol 22 (2015)

Updated Guidelines, Consensus and Evidence-Based Reports in Breast Cancer

Cover Page


During the past 6 years, stage IV breast cancer has brought loss and sorrow from the depths of darkness. I have received such an outpouring of love and compassion from friends and family giving me inspiration and encouragement. Their continued support for my every need is tremendous, making an almost unbearable situation turn into an experience of healing. It empowers me to face every day with an attitude of gratitude and to continue reaching for the stars. I wanted to create a permanent expression of my gratefulness and pay tribute to everyone, including my doctors, nurses, therapists, and counselors who continue to provide treatment and professional guidance. I persevere with the knowledge that with all this support, my spirit will be eternally uplifted.

The acrylic painting on the cover of this issue is titled “Uplifted” and is by a person diagnosed with cancer from the 2014 Oncology On Canvas Art Competition and Exhibition.

Oncology On CanvasSM is an art competition and exhibition that honours the journeys people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. This biennial competition invites individuals diagnosed with any type of cancer—as well as their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare providers—to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning.

Oncology On Canvas was started in 2004 by Lilly Oncology to help address a great, unmet need in cancer care—a need that goes beyond medicine—to help those affected by cancer cope with the emotional toll of the disease. Since 2004, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) has been the co-presenter of the Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition and Exhibition for US and Puerto Rico residents.

Lilly Oncology on Canvas Canada launched in 2014. Visit www.lillyocc.com to learn more about the competition. Lilly Oncology on Canvas Canada is presented in partnership with the Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology and the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network.

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 Oncology. Current Oncology will be selecting a new artwork for each cover from the Oncology On Canvas competition.