Please note that this list is not exhaustive. For more resources please contact the West Island Cancer Wellness Center (514) 695-9355.
Resources for adults who have cancer:
- West Island Cancer Wellness Centre: wicwc.org
- The Center offers services free of charge to people experiencing cancer – either having it themselves or supporting someone with cancer. Some of the programs and services offered include acupressure, reiki, support groups, nutritional cooking, private counseling, massage therapy, yoga, meditation and many more.
- Hope and Cope: https://www.hopeandcope.ca/
- Hope and cope offers a variety of support groups and wellness workshops on subjects including exercise, nutrition, stress-reduction and creative arts.
- En Famille: This Hope & Cope program is geared towards the needs of young families coping with cancer. It provides workshops for parents and their children.
- Extraordinary Moments: https://www.extraordinarymoments.ca/
- They offer a resource list that is meant to help address some of the everyday issues faced by women living with metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers and families who support them.
- Cancer Care: https://www.cancercare.org/
- Free 15-week online support groups led by an oncology social worker. They have a variety of support groups for different types of cancer. They also have 4 different telephone support groups.
- Cedars Can Support: http://www.cansupport.ca
- Cedars Can Support offers a variety of support groups and workshops, as well as complementary therapies such as art therapy, music therapy, massage, reiki, meditation and yoga.
Resources to help parents speak to their children about their cancer:
- A little APP/BOOK about cancer: https://wicwc.com/a-little-book-about-cancer/
- A Little Book About Cancer is designed to help children who are experiencing cancer – through a parent, grandparent or other family member – deal with the hard times. Cancer can be confusing and scary for children. This workbook is a tool adults can use to open dialogue about the difficult topics of cancer in an interactive and creative way.
- Children and adolescents coping with a parent’s cancer: https://www.cancer.ca/~/media/cancer.ca/QC/publications/Children%20cancer/SCC_Guide_EN_FINAL_Lowres.pdf
- Booklet by the Canadian Cancer Society to help parents learn how to speak to their children about their cancer based on their age group.
- Talking to Children About Cancer: https://www.hopeandcope.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Booklet-1-Talking-to-Children.pdf
- Booklet by Hope & Cope created for young families in which a parent has cancer. It is written in French and English in clear and simple language to better help you speak to your children about your cancer.
Resources for parents to speak to their child’s school about their cancer:
- Information on speaking to your child’s school about your cancer:
- The Relation Between Your Cancer and Your Child’s School: This document was created by the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre to help parents who have cancer know the when, where, what, why and how to speak to their child’s school about their cancer.
- Information for My Child’s School About My Cancer Diagnosis: The West Island Cancer Wellness Centre also created this form to give to your child’s school to begin a conversation with them about your cancer.