It Doesn't Have to Hurt

Pain in childhood cancer survivors

Understanding the pain experience in childhood cancer survivors

Pain is a common experience during cancer treatment, but for some children and adolescents, the pain isn’t over when the cancer ends. This research seeks to better understand the pain experience in childhood cancer survivors.

We are looking for youth (ages 8-18 years old) living in Nova Scotia who have completed treatment for cancer and their parent to each participate in a 1-hour interview about their experiences with pain. Interviews can be done in-person or over the phone.

Children and their parents will each receive a $20.00 gift card as a thank you.

This study has been approved by the IWK Health Centre Research Ethics Board.


Research Team


Perri Tutelman

Co-Principal Investigator (Trainee)

Dalhousie University

Dr. Christine Chambers

Principal Investigator

Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Dr. Conrad Fernandez

Co-Investigator

Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre

Dr. Gregory Guilcher

Co-Investigator

University of Calgary & Alberta Children's Hospital

Dr. Melanie Noel

University of Calgary & Alberta Children's Hospital

Dr. Fiona Schulte

Co-Investigator

University of Calgary & Alberta Children's Hospital

Dr. Jennifer Stinson

Co-Investigator

Hospital for Sick Children & University of Toronto

Dr. Robin Urquhart

Co-Investigator

Dalhousie University

Dr. Lauren Heathcote

Co-Investigator

Stanford University

Patient Partners


Julia MacLeod

Maya Stern

Funding and Support

IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University