Community Links

The following community resources are relevant to those facing cancer and are available in your community or across Canada.

Bladder Cancer Canada

A national organization helping bladder cancer patients and their support team in the day-to-day issues with the disease. To raise awareness of bladder cancer among the general public and medical community; to advocate for allocation of government and private funds directed to the diagnosis, treatment and medical research to eliminate bladder cancer. www.bladdercancercanada.org

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to reaching every person in Canada affected by a brain tumour with support, education and information, and to funding brain tumour research.
www.braintumour.ca

Cancer Assistance Program

Providing free services for individuals with cancer, living in Hamiliton and surrounding communities. www.cancerassist.ca

Canadian Breast Cancer Network

The Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) is Canada’s leading survivor-directed, national network of organizations and individuals concerned about breast cancer. CBCN strives to voice the views and concerns of breast cancer survivors and patients through promotion of information sharing, education and advocacy activities. www.cbcn.ca

Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. www.cancer.ca

Canadian Cancer Survivor Network

The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network was created by a group of Canadians concerned about cancer. Our mission is to empower collaborative action by cancer patients, families and communities to identify and work to remove barriers to optimal patient care. Ensure that cancer survivors have access to education and action opportunities to have their voices heard in planning and implementing an optimal health care system. Educate the public and policy makers about the financial, emotional and health costs of cancer and offer considered, positive ideas and recommendations to alleviate their effects. Research and encourage research on ways to alleviate barriers to optimal patient care and follow-up. www.survivornet.ca

Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to raise awareness and understanding about mesothelioma in Canada. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure. The aim of the CMF is to both initiate and foster a support network for patients with mesothelioma and their families, and to support the development of a community of health professionals in the field of mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and care across Canada. www.cmfonline.org

Canadian Virtual Hospice – mygrief.ca

Caring Voices

Caring Voices is an online community for individuals coping with cancer. Caring Voices can be used to access current resources, learn about upcoming survivorship events, take part in chats and discussions and meet other survivors.
www.caringvoices.ca

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) is dedicated to increasing awareness of colorectal cancer, supporting patients, and advocating for population-based screening and timely access to effective treatments. www.colorectal-cancer.ca

Cottage Dreams

A cottage lending program to benefit cancer survivors and celebreate recovery with family and friends.
www.cottagedreams.ca

FacingCancer.ca

This is a welcoming online community where women with cancer – and those who support them – can share, confide and connect. Visit FacingCancer.ca to find blogs, forums, polls and about everything else you’re going through with cancer. www.facingcancer.ca

Hospice Niagara

Hospice is a concept of care. Hospice Niagara aims to improve the quality of life for people with a life-limiting, progressive illness from the time of diagnosis. The focus is on caring, not curing, and on life, not death. Hospice care extends to family members and caregivers, helping them to care for their loved one and to care for themselves.  www.hospiceniagara.ca

The Juravinski Cancer Centre

The Juravinski Hospital provides acute inpatient and palliative care, diagnostic services and an educational environment to support the needs of cancer patients and the Juravinski Cancer Centre. Through the years, the Juravinski Hospital has become an integral part of the mountain community as the region’s centre of excellence for cancer and orthopedic care and a full service general hospital.  www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. www.leukemia-lymphoma.org

Look Good, Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a national non-profit program committed to helping women manage the appearance related effects of cancer and its treatment.  The cornerstone of the program is the free 2-hour workshop led by industry trained cosmeticians and hair alternatives specialists. www.lgfb.ca

Lung Cancer Canada

Lung Cancer Canada’s sole mission is to raise awareness, provide patient focused information and offer peer support to everyone touched by lung cancer.
www.lungcancercanada.ca

Lymphoma Foundation Canada

Lymphoma Foundation Canada provides information on new treatments and research, as well as support patient education workshops and seminars to help people understand and manage their Lymphoma. www.lymphoma.ca

Lymphedema Association of Ontario

The Lymphedema Association of Ontario provides support, up-to-date information on care and treatment of lymphovenous disorders and useful information on talking to health insurance companies to get the maximum coverage for garments, assistive devices and therapies. www.lymphontario.org

Man to Man

Man to Man is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization consisting of men who are all prostate cancer survivors and who want to help others diagnosed with the disease. www.mantoman.ca

McNally House Hospice

This free-standing, six suite, home-like residence provides, free of charge, 24-hour specialized palliative care to people living with a terminal illness, as well as those in their life circle. The hospice is a non-profit organization serving the Niagara West communities of Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln. McNally House is Ontario’s first rural teaching hospice. Along with the highly skilled professional staff, McNally has 150 volunteers who give of their time and talents each week to help the residents and their families deal with life’s greatest challenges.  www.mcnallyhousehospice.com/

Ovarian Cancer Canada

Ovarian Cancer Canada is a registered Canadian charitable organization dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer. They provide leadership by supporting women living with the disease and their families, raising awareness, and funding research to develop early detection techniques, improved treatment and ultimately a cure. www.ovariancanada.org

Pancreatic Cancer Canada

Pancreatic Cancer Canada works to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, and to support innovative research into early detection methods. www.pancreaticcancercanada.ca

Pink Pearl Young Women’s Support

Pink Pearl is a community-oriented organization that provides support, facilitates connections and empowers young women across Canada who are courageously overcoming the social and emotional challenges of being diagnosed with cancer. www.pinkpearlfoundation.org/

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC)

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and it’s research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, have achieved an international reputation as global leaders in the fight against cancer. Clinical and research staff at PMCC represent many of the world’s leading experts in oncology. www.uhn.ca/PatientsFamilies/Health_Information/Patient_Family_Education/

Pro Health Navigators Canada

At Pro Health Navigators Canada, we fill the gaps in the system by walking with you during your journey and ensuring you get the best possible care when you need it the most.Our role is to work with your healthcare providers to ensure you understand medical jargon and confusing terms, forms or rules to you.
We put you back in control of your healthcare by helping you proactively plan for the future and communicate your needs to your doctor and medical team. We play an important role in helping you and your family get the healthcare you need. www.prohealthnavigatorscanada.com

Rethink Breast Cancer

Rethink Breast Cancer is a charity helping young people who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer through innovative breast cancer education, research and support programs. www.rethinkbreastcancer.com

Teen Connector

Teens with cancer are not always comfortable speaking openly to adults or their friends/classmates about their cancer experience. Cancer in your teenage years can prove incredibly isolating and lonely as teens are forced to face many issues that are unique to them and which may not easily be understood by other young people. Childhood Cancer Canada has created a confidential social hub where teens with cancer can connect with their peers and with young mentors, young childhood cancer survivors, who had cancer as teens. This online platform provides teens with a confidential, nation-wide forum enabling them to connect at any time with their peers online, share their journeys, and provide support to one another. www.childhoodcancer.ca

Thyroid Cancer Canada

Thyroid Cancer Canada is a national organization of thyroid cancer survivors dedicated to providing emotional support and information to those affected by the disease. www.thyroidcancercanada.org

Walker Family Cancer Centre – Niagara Health System

The Niagara Health System (NHS) is Ontario’s largest multi-site hospital amalgamation comprised of seven sites serving 434,000 residents across the 12 municipalities making up the Regional Municipality of Niagara. www.niagarahealth.on.ca/en/cancer-care-oncology

Wellwood

Located in Hamilton, Wellwood is a community-based, non-profit organization which provides information, supportive care programs and peer support to people who have received a diagnosis of cancer, their families and caregivers, and healthcare providers. Working with existing community agencies and cancer care providers, Wellwood aims to provide integrative supportive care. www.wellwood.on.ca

Wellspring Education and Training Opportunities

Drawing on years of experience in professional leadership and program delivery, Wellspring offers professional development opportunities to health care professionals and organizations across Canada so that they might enhance their support of patients and caregivers. www.wellspring.ca/health-care-professionals

Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support

Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that provides free support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer. www.willow.org

Young Adult Cancer Canada

Young Adult Cancer Canada is an online resource focused on inspiring, informing and supporting young adults, ages 15-30, dealing with cancer. www.youngadultcancer.ca/

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