Discussions began in 1985 to establish a national organization for oncology nurses followed by a meeting with representatives from each province in attendance. Using a network of broad provincial representation and a Central Planning Committee, a proposal was put forward for the establishment of a national organization of cancer nurses in Canada. During the time frame of these discussions, oncology specialty conferences were concurrently being hosted by various regions. At the Third National Symposium in October, 1985 in Edmonton, Alberta, a delegation of 150 Canadian oncology nurses unanimously voted to form the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology. An overview of these historical events is published in Cancer Nursing, 1986, 9 (2), p. 93, author: Dr. Heather Porter.

Since 1985 CANO's name has changed to be inclusive of our national identity as Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association Canadienne des Infirmiéres en Oncology (CANO/ACIO). The association membership has expanded yearly with high quality services provided. CANO/ACIO has a peer reviewed journal, entitled the Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal (CONJ), hosts an annual conference and participates in partnership initiatives with other organizations and industry to improve cancer care in Canada.

Milestones and Memories: CANO/ACIO – The First 20 Years
(Sept 2004) by Beverley Page, RN, BScN, CON(C)


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