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Erika Nicholson - Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Toronto , ON, CA

Erika Nicholson Erika Nicholson

Vice President, Cancer Control | Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Toronto , ON, CANADA

Eirka leads programs and initiatives that deliver on the priorities of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.






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Erika Nicholson on Reducing the Burden of Cancer




Erika Nicholson joined the Partnership in 2018 and is currently Vice President, Cancer Control. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control achieves its goals across the cancer continuum – prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, clinical care, survivorship and palliative care. Previously, Ms. Nicholson was Director, Screening at the Partnership, leading the team responsible for improving the delivery of organized screening programs for breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer in Canada and advancing equitable access to high-quality cancer screening in the provinces and territories. Based in Halifax, she also served as the Partnership’s Atlantic Regional Lead, advancing the Partnership’s pan-Canadian mission and forming strong relationships with system leaders and supporting connections with Indigenous organizations and communities throughout Atlantic Canada.
Ms. Nicholson has over 20 years of strategic leadership experience in cancer control and population health. Prior to joining the Partnership, she held senior positions in the Nova Scotia cancer care system as Senior Director, Provincial Program of Care for Cancer with Nova Scotia Health and as Director, Cancer Prevention and Early Detection with Cancer Care Nova Scotia. In these roles, she was responsible for the overall transformation and management of cancer care services and led the development and introduction of the Nova Scotia’s colorectal cancer screening program. In addition to her experience in health care, Ms. Nicholson has also held leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector in Canada, and in financial services in Bermuda. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and a Master of Health Science in Community Health from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Cancer Care

Health system transformation

Cancer screening programs

Public Health

Education (2)

University of Toronto: Master of Health Science, Community Health 1998

University of Toronto: Bachelor of Science, Nutritional Science 1993

Affiliations (1)

  • Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute

Languages (2)

  • English
  • French

Media Appearances (3)

Nova Scotia Health Authority ‘cherry-picking’ cancer treatment survey results: advocate

Chronicle Herald  print


Quote The NSHA said areas needing improvement include emotional support, including providing information about possible emotional and sexual changes as a result of treatment. Another improvement needed is the patients’ level of comfort in discussing complementary or alternative therapies with providers. “Measuring patient satisfaction regularly is one way of identifying the aspects of our cancer programs and services that are working well, and others that need more focus,” said Erika Nicholson, senior director of the Nova Scotia Cancer Care Program. The 1,362 people surveyed represent 66 per cent of the approximately 2,000 patients who were in active treatment between May and August 2016.

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Nova Scotia to see 36% increase in cancer cases by 2030

Global News Maritimes  tv


Quote An estimated 6,300 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the province this year. By 2030, that number will rise to 8,560. Though the provincial increase is lower than the national rate, it is still a reality the province needs to deal with, said Kelly Cull, the manager of government and partner relations for the Nova Scotia chapter. “There’s little opportunity to stem the tide on what we’re going to see over the next 15 years because of our aging and growing population,” she said. “If you were sitting around the table with four of your closest friends, chances are that at least one or two of you, according to this report, will be diagnosed with cancer,” said Erika Nicholson, the director of cancer prevention and early detection for Cancer Care Nova Scotia.

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Nova Scotia halts colon cancer home screening program after abnormal test results

Globe and Mail  print


Quote Erika Nicholson, director of Cancer Prevention and Early Detection, said about 900 people could have received abnormal results in that three-month period. She said health district screening nurses would be informing people of the problem, but was still suggesting that they undergo a colonoscopy.

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