Cancer Communication

We are a team of researchers dedicated to supporting effective communication between patients and health care professionals.


We know that persons affected by cancer can be profoundly influenced by the communications they have with their professional health care providers. We also know that such communications, either positive or negative, are often powerfully important experiences.

Cancer patients have told us a great deal about the effect that either helpful or unhelpful communications have on their quality of life, the meaning cancer has in their lives, and its lasting repercussions on their cancer experience.

We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers working out of the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and the British Columbia Cancer Agency. Our backgrounds include medicine, nursing, and epidemiology. Some of us work primarily in clinical practice and others in an academic or research setting. We each bring a unique perspective and background to our team studies.


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If you are interested in receiving copies of published studies, contact Dr. Sally Thorne

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