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Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM)

CALM is a counselling approach for those diagnosed with advanced cancer.

It is designed to alleviate distress, with counselling focused on four topics:

  1. symptom management and communication with healthcare providers;
  2. changes in self and relations with close others;
  3. sense of meaning and purpose; and
  4. the future and mortality.

What is included in counselling?

  • Conversations about symptom management
  • Hope, meaning, and the future
  • Questionnaires to focus therapy
  • There is also the opportunity to include a loved one

If you'd like more information...

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions section below, and feel free to get in touch if you still have questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions that are not covered here, please feel free to contact Carly Sears, the CALM project assistant, at (403) 476 - 2458.

The CALM intervention is intended for adults with advanced cancer. 

Counselling is provided by our team of trained counselling professionals. Our lead clinician is Dr. Janet de Groot.

Counselling is currently provided as part of the CALM Implementation Study. As a participant in the study, you will be asked to complete three questionnaire packages over the course of your counselling sessions (before your first session, after 3 months, and after 6 months).

Research has shown that CALM sessions with a trained counselling professional help to reduce and prevent psychological distress. Counselling sessions are designed to help people with advanced cancer and their close others manage commonly experienced practical and profound concerns related to advanced disease.

You will meet with your counsellor for three to six sessions, with the option of additional sessions if desired.

Appointments are available from Monday to Friday.

Counselling sessions are provided virtually using the AHS-licensed Zoom Virtual Platform. More information on using Zoom can be found on our Zoom Resource Page.

Telephone appointments and limited in-person visits may be available if required. 

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an online consent form and baseline questionnaire. You will then be invited to an initial appointment with a CALM counsellor (held virtually using AHS Zoom; more information on using Zoom can be found on our Zoom Resource Page).

The first appointment will take about 60-90 minutes. Additional appointments will be scheduled over the next 6 months, for a total of three to six appointments. You are encouraged to ask a close other (partner, adult child, close family member/friend) to attend with you. Follow-up questionnaires will be sent to you by email after three and six months.

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The CALM Implementation Study

More information on the CALM Implementation Study for clinicians and academics.

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The CALM Study Team

Learn more about the CALM team.

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Registration and Referrals

Contact the study team to if you are interested in participating, or if you are a service provider who would like to refer a patient.