For many cancer patients and their families, Psychosocial Oncology (PSO) is a lifeline. It addresses the social, psychological and emotional issues that arise with a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. With one in two Albertans currently expected to face a cancer diagnosis, this work is essential.
Calgary’s already world-renowned PSO program will now benefit greatly from the $5 million contribution by Calgary philanthropist Patrick Daniel and his family through the OWN.CANCER campaign. The funds will support a world-class clinician-researcher through a new research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology and Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, as well as a new collaborative space in the Calgary Cancer Centre. The Daniel Family Foundation Psychosocial Oncology Hub will bring clinicians, researchers, care teams and families together — under one roof — to collaborate on the cancer challenge in a way that hasn’t previously been possible.