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Patient and Family Advisors

Being a patient and family advisor with the Cancer Care Program may be a good match with your skills and experiences if you are:
  • respectful of others and their views;
  • comfortable speaking in a group and working with others;
  • a good listener;
  • able to see beyond your own experience to the big picture;
  • able to work together with other families and health care providers; and
  • able to keep private things private. 
Roles and Responsibilities
As a patient and family advisor, some of your roles and responsibilities will include the following:
  • make a three-year voluntary commitment;
  • participate in and attend volunteer orientation and educational opportunities; 
  • provide insight and advice that is relevant to and based on patient, family member and caregiver experience in the cancer system within the last three years;
  • provide direct input into policies, programs, educational resources, practices and initiatives that affect patient care and services; and
  • attend scheduled meetings in person or via teleconference.
There are many benefits associated with being a patient and family advisor with the Cancer Care Program. For example, being a patient and family advisor in cancer care provides individuals with an opportunity to:
  • be part of a meaningful change and to contribute to the provision of excellence in cancer care;
  • expand their knowledge and skills related to partnering with health-care professionals and other patients and families for system and process improvements at the Cancer Care Program;
  • share their knowledge, skills and expertise and work collaboratively to innovate new initiatives within a coordinated patient and family-centered approach to cancer care to enhance and improve health-care delivery;
  • provide a patient and family perspective in approaching challenges and work together in partnership with health-care professionals to develop innovative solutions; and
  • share stories and experiences to enhance and improve the overall patient and family care experience in cancer care.


Updated Apr 4, 2017