Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are due by 11:59 PST, January 15, 2017

Please review the abstract guidelines before submitting an abstract.

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The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) is now accepting abstracts for posters, papers, and workshops for the 32nd Annual Meeting to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from May 3-5, 2017.  The conference theme is “Leadership, Practice and Research: Weaving it all together.”

This conference will bring together professionals from multiple health care disciplines to explore, share, learn and discuss the psychosocial aspects of cancer. CAPO’s annual conference convenes researchers, clinicians and community based organizations from several professions, including: medicine, psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, spiritual care, nutrition, rehabilitation medicine, occupational health and radiation oncology for both adult and pediatric populations.

We invite abstracts on a range of topics in cancer care ranging from prevention and early diagnosis, to treatment and palliation. This year’s conference theme, ‘Leadership, Practice and Research: Weaving it all together,” offers the opportunity to explore inter-relationships between leadership, clinical excellence and translational research in providing the best cancer care and psychosocial support for cancer patients, family members and survivors. The conference organizing committee invites submissions that fit with this broad theme as well as the following special themes described below:

  • First Nations, Inuit and Metis cancer care
  • AYA (adolescent, young adult) cancer care
  • Community health and prevention

Conference objectives include:

  • Exploring cancer care in the context of the biopsychosocial model (i.e., the reciprocal interactions amongst cognitive, emotional, and behavioural events; social factors; spiritual and physical health and well-being) along the entire trajectory from prevention to end of life.
  • Expanding our understanding of “whole person care” approach in our work  
  • Strengthening our clinical skills in delivering empirically-based care
  • Building research capacity in psychosocial oncology
  • Identifying best practices in clinical interventions, rehabilitation approaches, and research in psychosocial oncology
  • Learning about innovative programs and service delivery models
  • Offering opportunities for professional and community agency networking around regional and national initiatives and priorities such as guidelines, navigation, prevention, symptom management, and survivorship issues.


Presentation Types:

  • 90 minute workshops (interactive, experiential) *
  • 20 minute individual oral presentation
  • 90 minute symposium – Groups of 3 – 4 oral theme focused presentations
  • Poster presentation

*Workshops should be interactive, include experiential components, and focus on skills or concepts that can be learned in a 90 – minute session.  

Please note, abstract presentations can be submitted in French for presentation in French. Based on submissions received, efforts will be made to create a French language stream.

Word Limit:  250 words

Abstract Format:

  • To preview the format for abstract submissions click here.

Successful submissions will:

  • Be relevant to the conference theme and/or sub-themes and objectives
  • Be applicable to the field of psychosocial oncology
  • Be relevant to clinical practice
  • Contribute to new knowledge
  • Include evidence based content


All individuals submitting abstracts will be notified of acceptance by email to the account you recorded in the abstract submission form. You will receive a notification per abstract.

If your submission is accepted, you or a co-author will need to register for the conference to present your submission.  If you elect to not attend, your presentation will be withdrawn. By submitting your abstract, you are granting CAPO permission to list your name and abstract in our program materials.  

Regular conference fees apply to all presenters and co-presenters.  As a charitable organization, we are not able to make exceptions.  


CAPO acknowledges excellence in research presentations by students.  If you are a student and a first author on a selected presentation and wish to be considered for a student award, select the appropriate field on the abstract submission form.

There will be two student awards: the Bultz Best Student Oral Presentation Award and the Bultz Best Student Poster Presentations. Competition is open to full and part time students. Students must be a member of CAPO to be considered for the award. Winners will be announced at the meeting.

For questions regarding the abstract submission process please contact the CAPO office at