Online Programs

Well on the Web is an extension of the programs available in the Wellspring Centres across the country, enabling those who live far from a physical centres, or those not well enough to leave their homes, with access to Wellspring’s special brand of care and support.

General Informational Webinars

These webinars feature expert facilitators leading informative talks on a variety of topics relevant to various types of cancer, the research of cancer and the physical, psychological and monetary side effects of cancer.   

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Talking about sexual health after a breast cancer diagnosis can feel taboo, but it shouldn’t. If you’ve had treatment for breast cancer and you’re experiencing sexual health challenges or vaginal dryness, you are not alone. In fact, they’re some of the most common side effects reported by patients. This webinar, hosted by Dr. Muna Al-Khaifi, is a chance to get tips and tricks on how to tackle these common challenges.
Did you know that approximately 70-80% of all breast cancers are hormone receptor-positive? If you’re a patient diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, this webinar is for you. In this session, we will break down what you need to know about adjuvant hormone therapy. Hosted by Dr. Muna Al-Khaifi, the lead of the Survivorship Program at Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
A breast cancer diagnosis can have lasting effects on your mental health and well-being. If you are struggling in this area, it’s important to know that you are not alone. This webinar addresses common challenges patients face, offers tips on how to maintain your well-being during the survivorship phase of care, and answers questions you may have.
This webinar is designed for women who are pre or post-surgery, looking to learn more about their pelvic floor health. Often women can have issues with leaking urine when coughing or sneezing, or with urinary frequency or urgency. In this webinar, we will cover the basics of our pelvic floor, functions, some challenges you may experience, and a few helpful exercises as well.
Confused about what to expect now that active treatment is over? Uncertain what type of screening is right for you and when it should happen? This webinar helps demystify all of this and more. Dr. Muna Al-Khaifi is joined by breast cancer survivor Jennifer Schultz to equip you with information that will make you feel empowered in your care.
In this webinar, you’ll be introduced to a model called SLAMS which includes The Cancer Journey Roadmap tool. This roadmap is applicable to patients, survivors and caregivers and outlines the stages one goes through as they navigate their cancer journey.
Waiting for test results is never easy. Many cancer patients experience “scanxiety”, the fear or worry that occurs before a scan or while waiting for scan results. This presentation will provide coping strategies for dealing with the stress and anticipation of scans and test results.
Learn how your lymphatic system looks and works, how lymphedema develops, and the principle of overloading the lymphatics. Also discussed is the treatment called Complete Decongestive Therapy, including skin care strategies, exercise, manual lymphatic drainage and compression therapy options.
Jean LaMantia, Registered Dietitian, will discuss how diet can impact your risk factors and help you manage lymphedema.
Be Well Talks: Restore-Me After Breast Cancer
In this presentation, a breast surgeon, plastic surgeon, physician and cancer survivor, discuss options in breast surgery, reconstruction, survivorship and restorative tattooing to educate and empower the patient in therapeutic options for discussions with their healthcare providers.
Learn more about estate planning through this webinar. Topics covered include: the components of Estate Planning; why make a Will; things to think about in making your Will; Powers of Attorney; and taking control of your legacy
Occupational therapist Patricia Blinn, OT Reg. (ONT), BKin, BA, presents on Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and how people with cancer can manage its physical and psychological effects while maintaining a good quality of life. 
Financial planner Richard Dri provides 12 “must-do” financial planning tasks for patients and families following a cancer diagnosis. 
Dolores Steinwall, President of the Lymphedema Association of Ontario (LAO), Ann DiMenna, Clinic Director and owner of Markham Lymphatic Centre, and Louise Haley, owner of Breast Rehab, present on the risk factors, symptoms, impacts and treatments of lymphedema, a chronic condition that occurs in some cancer patients.  
Deborah Shukyn-Plageman, MEd, PCC, CCDP, delivers this talk on the modern world of work, the job market and some keys to navigating the “challenge of change” that comes as a part of the cancer journey. 
Genetic counsellor Kowuthamie Tharma, MSc, CGC, CCGC, presents an overview of hereditary cancer and the role, implications and accessibility of genetic counselling. 
This webinar addresses the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer services and how to get the most out of available cancer care services and information.
Oncologist and researcher Dr. Marshall Pitz, MD, FRCPC, offers insight into some of the most prevalent topics in cancer research today, including COVID-19, immunotherapy, technology, health services and clinical trials.
Kinjal Desai, PhD, and Garrett Bullivant, BSc, from the Toronto Research Information Outreach Team present on clinical trials and how they work, then highlight epigenetics, a popular area of research being applied to clinical trials for cancer.
Toronto Research Information Outreach Team researchers Arushi Jaiswal, BSc, and Kinjal Desai, PhD, highlight the history of cancer knowledge, the modern scientific understanding of cancer and some ongoing innovations in cancer research.
Researcher and University of Toronto instructor Kinjal Desai, PhD, explains the biology of cancer and its relationship to the concept of epigenetics, then provides an example of her research on medulloblastoma. 
Wellspring program manager Lauren McLeod presents a number of approaches to communicating with children and teens after a cancer diagnosis among loved ones.
University of Toronto professor and Women’s College Research Institute scientist Kelly Metcalfe, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, breaks down the role of genetics and genetic testing in understanding, preventing and treating breast cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2 cancer genes are highlighted.
Physiotherapist Katie Hauck, MScPT, BScHons, presents on pelvic cancers, common pelvic cancer treatments and the conditions those treatments can cause, then provides tips on living well after pelvic cancer treatment.
Megan DeWeerd, BSc, a Masters candidate at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Julia Jaramillo, MSc, a research technologist at the Hospital for Sick Children, discuss ovarian cancer, highlight ongoing research on high-grade serous ovarian cancer and outline the role of stem cells in ovarian cancer.
PhD candidates Katelyn Kozma and Arushi Jaiswal from the Toronto Research Information Outreach Team draw on their research in this talk about all things breast cancer, including risk factors, classification, and common and emerging treatments.
Justin Trottier, founder and national director of the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, presents on how men tend to grieve and suggests how men and their families can navigate the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis.
Katie Hauck, MScPT, a registered physiotherapist certified in pelvic health rehabilitation, discusses how to manage bladder, bowel and sexual health concerns following cancer treatment. 
A panel of health professionals discuss the rising rates of colorectal cancer in young adults. 
The panel is comprised of: Dr. Sharlene Gill, GI Medical Oncologist & professor of Medicine, BC Cancer in Vancouver; Dr. Darren Brenner, associate professor at the Department of Oncology and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary; Dr. Michael Raphael, medical oncologist at the Odette Cancer Center at Sunnybrook Health Sciences in Toronto; and Filomena Servidio-Italiano, President & CEO, Colorectal Cancer Resource & Action Network (CCRAN).