Clinical Research Coordinator
Psychosocial Oncology Division,
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary,
& Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Holy Cross Site
Carly Sears is a research assistant with the CALM project and has worked as part of the Psychosocial Oncology Division since 2016. Since completing her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Calgary in 2017, she has helped to coordinate a number of psychosocial oncology projects, including a sexual health workshop for women diagnosed with cancer, an 8-week Mindfulness for Low Sexual Desire program for breast cancer survivors, and the LifeOnADT educational program for men undergoing prostate cancer treatment. Her research interests pertain to the development, provision, and assessment of psychosocial interventions that support individuals and families as they navigate cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM): A psychosocial early palliative care intervention for individuals with cancer
CALM counselling is an evidence-based psychotherapeutic intervention for individuals with advanced cancer, designed to reduce depression and enhance preparation for end of life. Implementation of CALM counselling within the context of established Southern Alberta psychosocial and palliative care programming will be discussed. A review of interim study findings will offer insight into patient experiences with CALM, pathways of referral to CALM, and clinician perceptions of the intervention and referral process.