Vol 22, No 4 (2015)

Cover Page

Colours of Strength

Mixed media by a person diagnosed with cancer, Ontario

The diagnosis came in winter. The trees standing bare. Many women looking similar without hair, as we give what smile we can to support each other. We try to share any resilience we have ourselves.

Summer brings light, brings hope, the green on the trees. My son’s graduation and my last chemo treatment. June 27th. Two reasons to ring the bell in the hospital.

Autumn. Another treatment. Radiation this time. My peeling skin like the bark of the dry birch. We used to peel it off as a child. That memory will now be different. On my skin some new colours, yellow and red from the burning. I wonder if the birch feels the same way.

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

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. 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