Colorectal cancer information and support groups now exist in several communities across Canada to assist patients and their caregivers throughout their cancer journey. Monthly meetings are held where patients, caregivers and their families share experiences, offer help and provide colorectal cancer information. Monthly meetings follow a unique model:
- Presentation of clinical research updates on the most current treatment options:
These updates allow patients to make more informed decisions surrounding their treatment plans and provides them the opportunity to have thoughtful dialogues with their treating oncologists.
- Review of each patient’s case to ensure optimal support:
Group members are encouraged to share information about their journey, addressing concerns with respect to treatments or side effects, fears, nutrition, post treatment follow up care, or any issue they feel worthy for discussion.
Did You Know…
- Across Canada, more than two million people are now involved in information/support groups.
- People who have social support are healthier than those who do not.
Here are some of the benefits reported by patients who have attended our Information/Support Groups:
- Learning more about the cancer
- Learning more about the resources for people with cancer
- Feeling that life is more meaningful
- Being able to cope with illness and with medical procedures
- Having a better perspective on illness
- Being more aware of needs
- Being able to talk about cancer
- Being able to talk with family and friends about cancer
- Feeling stronger
- Feeling more empowered or able to make decisions
- Being less isolated
- Being more active, socially and physically
There is a growing need to increase the number of Information/Support Groups across Canada. There are currently 14 groups operating across Canada. There are, however, 21 requests from Cancer Centres/Support Centres to introduce CCC Information/Support Groups. CCC is tasked with the training of additional Cancer Coaches as well as the creation of these new Information/Support Groups. Financial support is highly welcomed to help meet the growing demands in the provision of supportive care and access to vital information for colorectal cancer patients and their families.
“There aren’t enough words to say what the CCC Information/Support Group has done for our daughter and family. We attend the monthly group meeting faithfully wherein we are furnished with so much information by a Cancer Coach on treatments and the disease. Just speaking to other group members who are battling the same disease, treatment and side effects has made our journey so much easier. With this extraordinary Association and the courageous people who attend the monthly support meetings, we truly feel that together we can handle anything that comes our way. We encourage all colorectal cancer patients to contact the CCC Cancer Coach Program.”
Appearing below is a list of colorectal cancer information/support groups currently operating in Canada. Should you wish to inquire about them or do not see one operating in your community, do not hesitate to contact us to see if one has just started running in your city or if we can be of service to you through a Cancer Coach.
Together we can make a difference!
COLORECTAL CANCER INFORMATION/SUPPORT GROUPS
Orchard Barn Wellness Centre Support Group
3020 Erickson Road, Creston, B.C.
BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre
John Jambor Room, Main Floor, 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
604 877 6000 x2190
1404 Home Road, Calgary, Alberta
Cancer Care Manitoba
675 McDermot Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
204 787 4286
100 Isabella Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Kim Anne DeChamplain Kim_anne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorectal Cancer Resource & Action Network (CCRAN) Wellspring Oakville
2545 Sixth Line (Trafalgar/Dundas), Oakville, Ontario
Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre
86 Colborne Street West, Oshawa, Ontario
Ted Trueman & Rosemary Donnelly
Contact Meredith Shaw, at Hearth Place: 905 579 4833 or
North York General Hospital
Toronto General Hospital (ELLICSR)
Hope & Cope Wellness Centre
4635 Cote St. Catherine West (corner of Lavoie Street), Montreal, Quebec
Frank Pitman, CCC Staff
Please rsvp with Hope and Cope at
514 340 3616
West Island Cancer Wellness Centre
489 Beaconsfield Blvd, Baie-D’Urfe, Quebec
Frank Pitman, CCC Staff