Vol 22, No 2 (2015)

Cover Page

Chemo rollercoaster

Mixed media by a person diagnosed with cancer, Ontario

The cheesecloth represents my surgery at the start of my treatment, surrounded by gold, representing the two chemo drugs I received, the “gold standard” for my ovarian cancer. The 12 coloured elastic bands represent the intravenous (IV) tubes for my two rounds of chemo. Each round was six cycles. The painted drywall patches represent the dressing over the IV tube placement. The molding paste represents the roller coaster of chemo from the swings of emotions from the chemo that overwhelms your body and the drugs you take to prevent reactions from another medication. The colours represent both myself as a person and the colours I am consistently drawn to when painting in acrylic or watercolours, as well as my many emotions throughout my treatment.

The mixed media artwork on the cover of this issue is titled “Chemo rollercoaster” and is by a person diagnosed with cancer from the 2014 Lilly Oncology On Canvas Canada art competition.

Oncology On CanvasSMis 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. Current Oncology will be selecting new artwork for each cover from previous competitions.

Artwork from the Canadian competition is available for viewing at www.lillyocc.com. Artwork from the US competition is available for viewing at www.lillyoncologyoncanvas.com.