Carole Mayer is the Clinical Lead and Manager of the Supportive Care Program & Supportive Care Oncology Research Unit (SCORU).
The SCORU was created in the fall of 1999 with a mission to conduct high quality, ethical, supportive care research in oncology.
The research conducted in this unit serves as a means to better understand the experiences of cancer patients across their cancer journey with a special focus on rural health; developing and testing of psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions; evaluative studies to determine the most effective and efficient use of health care resources and the use of technology in oncology care. The findings from these studies helps the supportive care team learn more about the social, physical, psychological and spiritual needs of cancer patients and families to improve the delivery of services.
Carole is a Principal Investigator currently working with a team on a two-year project at 14 Community Oncology Clinic Network sites. The focus of this study, funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer-Cancer Journey Action Group, is to screen for and assess the supportive care/psychosocial needs of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy closer to home and increase access to services.
Carole was part of a team that won the 2009 Innovation Award from the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario recognizing the work done in telemedicine within the Northeast Cancer Center. She led two of the studies that were conducted.
Carole brings 25 years of experience working with patients and families affected by a cancer diagnosis. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in the School of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She holds a faculty appointment in the Division of Clinical Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and is a member of the Board of Director of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology. She has presented her work at Provincial, National and International forums.