Mission & Vision

Established in 1985, the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association canadienne des infirmières en oncologie (CANO/ACIO) is the national organization that supports Canadian nurses to promote and develop excellence in oncology nursing practice, education, research and leadership.



To advance oncology nursing excellence through practice, education, research and leadership for the benefit of all Canadians.

CANO/ACIO is a driving force nationally and an influencing force internationally in advancing excellence in cancer nursing across the cancer control spectrum. Canadians across the cancer spectrum have timely access to high-quality nursing.


Value Statements

CANO/ACIO believes that:

  • Every nurse can be a leader
  • We rely on member engagement to inform our work
  • We facilitate the growth of our members and work to support all nurses who care for people with cancer and their families
  • Canadians deserve access to excellent oncology nursing care
  • Evidence-informed care is the foundation for excellence in nursing
  • The specialty of oncology nursing is an essential component of health care services across the cancer control spectrum
  • Ongoing learning is essential for the professional and personal development of oncology nurses


The Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO/ACIO) recognizes the responsibilities and mandate of nurses to promote and provide the highest standards of care for individuals and families who are experiencing cancer or who are at risk of developing cancer.

Cancer is a chronic illness with acute phases which affects people at all stages of the life cycle. Nurses in all practice settings are involved with the process of cancer care: prevention, detection, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. Recognizing that individuals with cancer have complex needs, nurses are aware that a specialized body of knowledge and skills is basic to the provision of high quality care.

Our national organization for nurses in oncology fosters the maintenance of high standards of nursing care for people with cancer.

Last Updated: Mar 2, 2015

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