Vol 22, No 5 (2015)

Cover Page

Walking to the Future

Painting by a person diagnosed with cancer, Manitoba

A diagnosis of cancer shrank my life to a narrow focus: what test is next…which pill…surgery…chemotherapy. Each day I dealt with immediate necessities and the effects thereof. Until chemotherapy was finished I was treated close to home. However, radiation therapy was far away. I had to leave my rural idyll and live most of every week in the city. I would drive to the hospital and park on the street two or three blocks away. Eventually that daily walk came to symbolize the whole process of treatment. I was not just walking to the day’s appointment, but moving toward brighter days.

The painting shows the street of my one summer’s daily walks.

The painting on the cover of this issue is titled “Walking to the Future” 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.