de Souza Institute
Categories: Nursing, Interprofessional, Oncology, Palliative

Management of Depression and Anxiety in Cancer - with CME credits (MDCC00ODM19)


Self Directed Learning

This course promotes an evidence-based wholistic approach to care and management of depression and anxiety in individuals with cancer. The content and structure of the course is based on the Pan-Canadian Practice Guideline: Screening, Assessment and Management of Psychosocial Distress, Major Depression and Anxiety in Adults with Cancer.

Available online, on-demand at any time this course consists of six modules, and is open to all clinicians working in cancer care.

This continuing education event is held under the auspices of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and de Souza Institute, University Health Network.


  • College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro+: This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 11.5 Mainpro+ credits.

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1: This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 11.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Emotional distress is common in cancer. Take this course to:

  • Understand more about risk factors for anxiety and depression in cancer
  • Obtain the latest information on best practices in distress management
  • Reduce patients’ physical and psychological suffering and enhance quality of care

This course has been designed for front-line providers, including physicians; nurses; and allied health care providers.

The following areas are covered in the modules:

  • Prevalence and risk factors for anxiety and depression in cancer patients
  • The bio-psycho-social etiology and pathophysiology of anxiety and depression
  • Elements involved in initial screening, comprehensive assessment and focused assessment
  • Assessing the risk of immediate harm
  • Differences between suicidal ideation, request for Medically Assisted Dying, or Desire for Hasterned Death
  • Clinical pathway based on distress severity
  • Psychosocial treatment options
  • Pharmacological treatment options
  • Practical team-based interventions across the continuum of emotional distress

The Management of Depression and Anxiety in Cancer course was developed in collaboration between Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and de Souza Institute. 

Course Syllabus


The course covers core competencies outlined in the Pan-Canadian Practice Guideline.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify risk factors for anxiety and depression
  • Explain the elements involved in initial screening and comprehensive assessment
  • Describe the utility of validated anxiety and depression rating scales
  • Discriminate pathological states from adaptive anxiety
  • Describe common anxiety disorders in cancer
  • Explain how major depression is diagnosed in a patient with cancer
  • Explain how distress severity determines treatment interventions
  • Recognize when to refer to psychosocial specialist
  • List the non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches for the management and treatment of depression and anxiety
  • Raise awareness among colleagues regarding the clinical significance of anxiety and depression to support stigma reduction for patients
  • Utilize supportive counselling tips for emotional distress across all phases of the cancer journey

Course Syllabus: To view the course syllabus, please click HERE


Available to all regulated health care professionals working along the cancer care continuum.  

If you are a resident/clinical fellow in medicine, please contact us for information on special pricing available to you.

Payment must be received before you have access to the course. For more information, please visit our Cancellation & No Show Policy.

Participants can pay for this course online with a credit card, or send a cheque to:

de Souza Institute
700 Bay Street
Suite 1903
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z6

You will immediately gain access to the course materials and have 5 weeks* after enrollment to complete all required activities.

*Course Duration
5 weeks
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de Souza Designation Credits
0.25 credits under Treatment and Delivery of Evidence Based Care