Women in Cancer

2017 June Newsletter


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Mentor of the Month

Dr. Richard Tozer

A little bit about Dr. Richard Tozer:

Dr. Richard Tozer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at McMaster University and is the Chief of Oncology for Hamilton Health Sciences. He holds an Honors Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario and a Medical Doctorate from McMaster University. He completed his post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at McMaster University. He also completed a Breast Fellowship at McMaster University. He has been the Head of the Supportive Care Department and the Head of Medical Oncology at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. He was also the Chair of the Medical Oncology Examination Board for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has received multiple teaching awards. He has worked with community organizations such as Wellwood and Wellspring promoting supportive care for cancer patients.

Nominated by Dr. Lacey D. Pitre:

“Dr. Richard Tozer is an exceptional physician, administrator and mentor. He has been a key motivator since my time as an early internal medicine resident, constantly encouraging me to pursue my goals. His energy knows no bounds and he approaches his role as a clinician and teacher with an amazingly wry sense of humour. My fondest memories as a medical oncology resident at McMaster involve us working as a team developing Morbidity & Mortality Rounds as well as acting as co-captains of our local “Relay for Life” team. Dr. Tozer’s spirit and enthusiasm shine through in all of the work that he does. He is truly a ‘one of a kind’ mentor and now as I work as an independent oncologist, I find myself wondering (almost daily) - "What would Dr. Tozer do in this situation"?”

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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.

Meeting Highlights from the 7th WinC/AlinC AGM

April 28th, 2017
Oro Restaurant, Toronto, ON
61 attendees

Keynote speaker Dr. Sandra Swain


Main takeaways:

  1. Recognize the value of all physicians in the workforce
  2. Flexibility and balance
  3. Change societal gender bias by education
  4. Men lean in and be partners!
  5. Mentoring is key in work and life in general!
  6. Less judgement, more support
  7. Networking
  8. Get help when you need it!


  • Grateful for her research into this project
  • I appreciate her candor and ability to identify business, parallels, etc.
  • Inspiring: paying it forward via mentorship award
  • Belief in myself and own my success
  • I am reminded that I am in a position to mentor new colleagues, women and men, and I can do more


Why Burnout Is So Hard to Fix

By Anthony L. Back, Karen E. Steinhauser, Arif H. Kamal, and Vicki A. Jackson

“Every clinician involved in cancer care knows that burnout is out there—that they are personally at risk. We know it is out there because we have all dealt with clinicians who are apathetic, irritable, and just going through the motions. But few of us know the warning signs that should prompt us to take action on our own behalf. We just cruise along hoping that we will not get infected. At a time when the incidence of burnout is clearly increasing, cancer clinicians owe it to their patients, their families, and themselves to take this on.”


The Gene: An Intimate History

Pulitzer Prize Winner Siddhartha Mukherjee explores the definition and future of humanity through the history of a scientific idea.

“In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.”

You may have seen Dr. Mukherjee’s Guest Speaker’s Address at ASCO 2017!

Sheryl Sandberg:

Why we have too few women leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why fewer women than men reach the top of their professions.

“And the problem is this: Women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world. The numbers tell the story quite clearly. 190 heads of state — nine are women. Of all the people in parliament in the world, 13 percent are women. In the corporate sector, women at the top, C-level jobs, board seats — tops out at 15, 16 percent. The numbers have not moved since 2002 and are going in the wrong direction. And even in the non-profit world, a world we sometimes think of as being led by more women, women at the top: 20 percent.”

Upcoming Events

Toronto: OncologyEducation.com’s Best of ASCO
June 16th, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

Vancouver: OncologyEducation.com’s Best of ASCO
July 7th, 2017
Vancouver, British Columbia

Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Annual Meeting
November 1-4, 2017
Registration opens June!
Toronto, Ontario

As networking and mentorship are invaluable to medicine and advancements in the field of oncology, All in Cancer (AlinC) and Women in Cancer (WinC) were developed to improve mentorship connections, provide leadership skills resources, and improve collaboration amongst oncologists through a secure online networking platform.

Join the discussion on the AlinC or WinC Discussion Forum today.

Encourage your colleagues to join the largest online networking forum for medical, radiation, surgical, and hematological oncologists and trainees in Canada.

Visit www.allincancer.org or www.womenincancer.org for more information.

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