Women in Cancer

2017 April Newsletter


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Mentor of the Month

Dr. Bindi Dhesy-Thind

A little bit about Dr. Dhesy-Thind:

Dr. Bindi Dhesy-Thind is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Education) in the Department of Oncology at McMaster University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Toronto, a Medical Doctorate from Queen’s University and a Master of Science in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University where she also completed her Residency training. She is a medical oncologist with a clinical focus on breast and gastrointestinal malignancies. She is a leader in her field and has participated in developing internationally endorsed clinical practice guidelines. As Departmental Education Coordinator and former Residency Program Director at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, she has worked tirelessly to prioritize education within the cancer program and she is known as an advocate for education. She has received multiple teaching awards in recognition of her dedication to learners.

Nominated by Dr. Oren Levine:

“I enthusiastically support Dr. Dhesy-Thind’s nomination for mentor of the month. I have had the great fortune to work with her during my residency and fellowship training. Dr. Dhesy-Thind has been a phenomenal role model. As a clinician, she demonstrates evidence-based, person-centred, compassionate care. As an educator, she prioritizes teaching by making time for students at all levels of training. Even in a busy clinic she never misses an important teaching moment. Outside of clinic, she is available to discuss challenging cases, research projects, journal articles or career counseling. She helps learners build confidence in clinical decision-making by encouraging autonomy while showing unconditional support. She takes pride in the growth and success of the trainees with whom she works. Her passion for oncology is inspiring, and her mentorship influenced me to choose a career in this field. Countless learners have benefited from Dr. Dhesy-Thind’s guidance and I am grateful to be one of them.”

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Oncologist in the Hot Seat

Have a burning question related to work-life balance, leadership, mentorship, or career development?

We have been featuring esteemed oncologists across Canada since 2013. From Newfoundland, we are very pleased to introduce Dr. Joy McCarthy.

Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have them answered by our Oncologist in the Hot Seat!

Dr. McCarthy

A little bit about Dr. McCarthy:

Dr. Joy McCarthy is a Medical Oncologist and Division Chief of Medical Oncology with the Cancer Care Program of Eastern Health in St. John’s, NL. She is a Clinical Associate Professor within the Discipline of Oncology, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. McCarthy completed her Medical Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1996 and her certifications in Internal Medicine in 2000 and Medical Oncology in 2001. Dr. McCarthy is a member of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, CAMO, ASCO, ESMO, CCTG, Cancer Care Program’s Leadership Team and Clinical Trials Committee. Her areas of interest include breast, genitourinary and head and neck cancer. She is a busy mom of three and an avid runner.


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Women in Cancer/ All in Cancer Annual General Meeting
April 28th, 2017
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CAMO 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting
April 27th, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

1st Oncological Critical Care Research Network International Conference
May 10-11th, 2017
Houston, Texas

2017 ASCO Annual Meeting
June 2-6th, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

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