Current Oncology

Established in 1994, Current Oncology is a peer-reviewed, Canadian based and Internationally distributed journal. Published bi-monthly plus special supplemental issues, Current Oncology represents a multidisciplinary medium encompassing health care workers in the field of cancer therapy to report upon and to review progress in the management of this disease. Current Oncology is published by Multimed Inc.

Current Oncology is indexed/covered in PubMed, EMBASE (Excerpta Medica Database), Scopus, Journal Selector, CrossRef, Index Copernicus, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Google Scholar, EMCare, Research Databases, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), and Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition. Following publication in Current Oncology, the full text of each article is available immediately and archived in PubMed Central (PMC), the U.S. National Library of Medicine's digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. It is also available in the databases of 100 libraries worldwide, and is a participant of the HINARI program.

The information provided on the Current Oncology website is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.



Meeting/Conference: Join Canadian Oncology Pharmacists at CAPhO Conference 2015 in St. John’s, May 21 – 24, 2015




Register now to participate in this year's CAPhO Conference 2015 (CAPhO 2015), a leading edge annual educational event produced by the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology (CAPhO) that defines the practice of oncology pharmacy in Canada. CAPhO 2015 will be held May 21- 24, 2015 at the Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre.

The three-day program is an ensemble of satellite symposia, plenary sessions, breakout sessions and networking events. The theme of CAPhO 2015 is Change, Challenge and Opportunity.

Change: Personalized medicine with complex targeted therapies, innovative delivery models, and patient engagement have changed the way cancer is treated. 

Challenge: Significant advances in the treatment of cancer come at a turbulent time, as the population is aging, the incidence of cancer is on the rise and the costs of providing treatment are continually escalating. 

Opportunity: With change and challenge comes opportunity, particularly for oncology pharmacists.

If you are an oncology pharmacist, technician, pharmacy assistant and other health care professional interested in the practice of oncology pharmacy in Canada, register today to attend CAPhO 2015 and become a member of CAPhO.  Also sign up to receive the e-newsletter so that you stay informed.

Posted: 2015-02-13 More...

Meeting/Conference: The 2nd Current Oncology Scholars’ Conference, Nov 6-8 2015, Guangzhou, China


Current Oncology Scholars’ Conference will be held on Nov 6-8, 2015, in Guangzhou, China. The Conference welcomes research articles from scientists, doctors and research scholars involved in the area of cancer therapy from all over the world, to publish high quality and refereed papers. There will be a special section appearing in regular issue(s) of Current Oncology publishing accepted papers from this conference, which are selected through rigorous peer review to ensure originality, timeliness, relevance, and readability.

Please follow the relevant link below to format your manuscript:

For paper contribution or other further inquiries, please send an email to, or

Posted: 2015-02-10 More...

Meeting/Conference: Best of Oncology West 2015 Conference Updates


The Best of Oncology West 2015 Conference will be held February 27th, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Co-chaired by Dr. Wendy Lam, Dr. Sharlene Gill, Dr. Sunil Verma, and Dr. Scott Berry, this meeting will highlight the top 3-4 most clinically relevant achievements of 2015 for nine or more different tumour sites.

Objectives include: 

  • To discuss the pivotal oncology trials presented in the different disease sites
  • To review the current standard of care for key malignancies
  • To discuss the current controversies in the management of specific cancers

The Best of Oncology West faculty will draw from among some of the most influential oncologists across the globe.

All continuing medical education credits are transferable between the USA and Canada.

Residents: $89 CAD

Standard Attendees: $159 CAD

Click here to learn more and register

About is a comprehensive resource providing evidence-based educational content exclusively developed and authored by a leading international faculty of oncology physicians. All content focuses on presenting timely, unbiased information for the oncology community, including oncologists and other related specialists, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, students, residents and researchers. was envisioned and established by Dr. Sunil Verma and Dr. Scott Berry in 2007. Dr. Verma is an associate professor at the University of Toronto and the Chair of Breast Medical Oncology at the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre. Dr. Berry is a medical oncologist at the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre and an associate professor at the University of Toronto.

Posted: 2015-02-02
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Vol 22, No 1 (2015)

Cover Page

Amazing Grace

I’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, stage 4, due to a mutation on the EGFR gene. The time frame could have been from 2 to 8 weeks to 6 months to live. This painting depicted the time that I was dying. It was a beautiful storm expressing His amazing grace upon me. Meanwhile, it illustrated human emotions at the time of losing the loved one. Yes, death was the natural process. Though death may hang on to me (green butterfly), the blue butterfly represented God (who I call Daddie), my mom and Hercules pulling me out of death’s arms. In a split second, His amazing grace empowered the critical moment between life and death. And yes, I am forever grateful, Daddie.

The mixed media artwork on the cover of this issue is entitled “Amazing Grace” and is by a person diagnosed with cancer from the 2012 Lilly 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 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 will be viewable at Artwork from the US competition is available for viewing at

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ISSN: 1198-0052 (Print) ISSN: 1718-7729 (Online)