Provincial Cancer Care Conference 2021

The Provincial Cancer Care Conference is the largest annual oncology-focused program for healthcare professionals in Manitoba and has become one of the best professional development programs for the oncology community in our province.

This year the conference focused on breast cancer and had a strong cancer surgery component. Due to the pandemic, the conference was offered virtually as a 1.5-day event (Full day on Thursday, November 4th and a half-day on Friday, November 5th) 

The target audience of this education program includes family physicians in oncology, nurses, pharmacists, nurse navigators, psychosocial oncology clinicians from around the province, and primary care providers.

In alignment with the cancer control priorities identified in the new Roadmap for Cancer Control in Manitoba, after attending this professional development program participants will be able to:

  1. Describe breast screening guidelines and follow up management for average risk and increased risk patient populations
  2. List the main risk factors of breast cancer
  3. Describe evidence-based, high-quality cancer treatment available for patients with breast cancer, including surgery, systemic therapy and radiation.
  4. Explain the psychosocial challenges that patients with breast cancer experience throughout the cancer continuum, and describe strategies to provide an increased level of emotional support
  5. Describe the current state of cancer surgery in Manitoba
  6. Describe strategies to build resilience and enhance joy in work as healthcare professionals
  7. List Manitoba's priorities for cancer control and describe their role as health care providers and leaders in supporting these cancer priorities

This year the conference started with an inspiring keynote address. Paul Krismer, an executive coach and inspirational leader, reminded healthcare providers of the importance of their well-being and will discussed strategies to thrive personally and professionally in the context of the current pandemic. Paul shared strategies to enhance joy in work, and to energize ourselves and our teams in challenging times like the one we are living in.

The Thursday program focused on breast cancer and included topics addressing screening, prevention, surgery, systemic therapy, radiation, survivorship and the psychosocial aspects of breast cancer. The Friday program offered sessions relevant to a variety of disease site groups, including a session addressing the current state of cancer surgery in Manitoba, and sessions on the impact of the COVID-19 in cancer care, virtual care, upcoming new treatments, updates in the treatment of CLL, and an update on liver cancer services in our province. See the conference agenda for more details.   

This Group Learning program was certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Manitoba Chapter for up to 9.75 Mainpro+ credits.


The CancerCare Manitoba Board Annual Public Forum was offered on November 5th at 12:00 noon, after the provincial conference.

Enhancing First Nations, Métis and Inuit Cancer Control and Outcomes, one of the priorities in the Roadmap to Cancer Control in Manitoba. Our organization is committed to cultivating relationships and strong partnerships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders and communities as the foundation needed to ensure culturally responsive, peoples-specific and self-determined cancer care. We are excited to share that during this forum, we will hear from one of our partners, the Southern Chiefs’ Organization, and will learn how we have been working and will continue to work together towards Enhancing Cancer Control and Outcomes for First Nations citizens of the south in our province.


2020 Provincial Cancer Care Sponsor Videos

To view the full list of our conference sponsors, please click here

CancerCare Manitoba Board Annual Public Forum

The CancerCare Manitoba Board Annual Public Forum started after Advances in the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Cancers. The forum included a presentation on the Roadmap to Cancer Control for Manitoba by CCMB President and CEO Dr. Sri Navaratnam. View the poster.

Previous Provincial Cancer Care Conferences

For information and presentations from previous Provincial Cancer Care Conferences, please click here.