Support Guide & Resources

This page provides information that can help you navigate some of the challenges faced by a sarcoma diagnosis, as well as contact information for support groups and counselling services.

Amputee Coalition of Canada - Support Programs
The Amputee Coalition of Canada currently offers two proven and copyrighted programs at no charge to Canadians who have suffered limb loss.
Website
1-855-456-0267
info@amputes-amputee.org
It Starts With Me
Online resource introducing Canadians to clinical trials, including how to find a suitable clinical trial, what to know before applying, and what to expect as a result.
Website
406-541-2036
n2@n2canada.ca
Inspire.com – Soft Tissue Sarcoma Support Group
Inspire connects patients, families, friends and caregivers for support and inspiration. This group is specifically for those with a sarcoma diagnosis.
Website
800-945-0381
team@inspire.com
Ability Online
Provides fee and secure monitored online support community linking children, youth and young adults with disabilities or long-term illness to other kids and adults who care. They offer monitored topical discussion threads, chat facilities, and games/activities. Based out of Etobicoke, Ontario, but open to those across Canada.
Website
866-650-6207
information@abilityonline.org
Wellspring
Wellsprings is a network centre that provides emotional and psychological support free of charge to individuals and families living with cancer. Programs are offered across the country.
Website
877-499-9904
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Connects Canadians to online services, information and resources for cancer control.
Website
416-915-9222, 1-877-360-1665
info@partnershipagainstcancer.ca
Life Raft Group
Patient support organization for people with GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumour), as well as their family and friends.
Website
Guelph, Ontario
1-855- LRG-GIST (1-855- 574-4478)
info@liferaftgroup.ca
Cancer Chat Canada
Professionally facilitated online group to support people affected by cancer.
Meet once per week for up to 90 minutes in a live “chat” room on the Internet. Most of the groups meet for 10-12 weeks.
Website
Young Adult Cancer Canada
YACC’s Mission is to build a community of young adults diagnosed with cancer that provides information, support, skills and opportunity.
Website
Based in St John’s, NFL. Second office in Halifax, NS
709-579-7325 or toll free at 1- 877-571-7325
connect@youngadultcancer.ca
Look Good Feel Better
Provides information for women on cosmetic application and hair alternatives to help them cope with some of the side effects of cancer and its treatment.
800-914-5665
info@lgfb.ca
Localife Edmonton - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
Website
localifeedmonton@youngadultcancer.ca
Localife Calgary - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
Website
localifecalgary@youngadultcancer.ca
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
The Tom Baker Cancer Centre is southern Alberta’s own tertiary cancer centre and a leader in innovative cancer research, prevention, treatment and care initiatives across the province and beyond. At this time they are offering online classes only.
Website
1331 29 Street NW Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2
403-521-3723 or toll free at 1-866-412-4222
acfonline@albertacancer.ca
Camp Quality Alberta
Camp Quality Alberta provides a week-long camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer (receiving treatment or in remission) and their families.
When: Annually, during the summer
Website
Camp Quality Alberta also accepts campers from British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
1-866-738-8011
info@campquality.org
Wellspring Calgary Supportive Care
Wellspring provides peer support from trained volunteers who are cancer survivors or have been caregivers to a person with cancer. A Chaplain in Residence is also available to meet with those who are interested. Wellspring supports, informs, and empowers those diagnosed with cancer by helping them address the fear, isolation, disruption, and practical problems cancer can bring to their lives.
Website
#1404, Home Rd NW, Calgary, AB T3B 1G7
1-866-682-3135
info@wellspringcalgary.ca
Localife Victoria - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
Website
Based out of Victoria, BC
localifevictoria@youngadultcancer.ca
Amputee Coalition of BC Society
The Amputee Coalition of BC Society is a not-for-profit society, originated and driven by amputees, dedicated to assisting people with limb loss along with their families and friends.
Website
Unit 104 7728 128 St, P.O.Box 152 Surrey, BC V3W 1L3
778-800-9823
info@amputees.ca
Support Programs at BC Cancer Centre - Victoria
Support programs offer the information and support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.
Website
2410 Lee Avenue Victoria, BC, V8R 6V5
250-519-5707
Support Programs at BC Cancer Centre - Prince George
Support programs offer the information and support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.
Website
1215 Lethbridge Street Prince George, BC, V2M 7E9
250-645-7323 or toll free at 1-855-775-7300
Support Programs at BC Cancer Centre - Kelowna
These support programs offer the information and support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.
Website
Kelowna (Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre) 399 Royal Avenue Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3
250-712-3900 or toll free at 1-888-563-7773
Support Programs at BC Cancer Centre - Vancouver
These support programs offer you the information and support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.
Website
600 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4E6
1-800-663-3333
Localife Vancouver - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
Website
Toll Free: 1-877-571-7325
localifevancouver@youngadultcancer.ca
Support Programs at BC Cancer Centre - Surrey
BC Cancer Centre - Surrey offers support programs to get the information you need, the support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.
Website
13750 96th Avenue Surrey, BC, V3V 1Z2
604-930-4001
Abbotsford Cancer Centre
The Abbotsford Centre provides access to a full range of cancer services for the people of BC, including prevention, screening and early detection programs, research and education, and care and treatment. The Abbotsford Centre is integrated with the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and is able to use many of the services available at the hospital in addition to the specialized cancer services & community resources.
Website
32900 Marshall Road Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 0C2
604-851-4710 or toll free at 1-877-547-3777
Vancouver Aboriginal Cancer Care
This program aims to build a community of support for individuals who receive a cancer diagnosis, their families and loved ones, as well as cancer survivors.
Website
449 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1P5
604-255-9766
admin@vahs.life
Inspire Health – Integrative Cancer Care
Inspire Health’s mission is provide the best care possible for people living with a diagnosis of cancer by working together with patients, their family doctors and oncologists. No referral is required.
Website
Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna
1-888-734-7125
Camp Goodtimes - BC
Camp Goodtimes is an internationally acclaimed and accredited summer recreation program that provides a unique summer experience for children and teens with cancer and their families.
Website
565 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 4J4
778-897-2377
Callanish
Callanish creates a healing space for people who have been irrevocably changed by cancer.
Website
2277 West 10th Avenue Vancouver BC V6K 2J1, CANADA
604-732-0633
info@callanish.org
Localife Winnipeg - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Website
localifewinnipeg@youngadultcancer.ca
Cancer Care Manitoba - Programs and Support Groups
Offers a variety of support groups and programs in and outside of Winnipeg for people with cancer and their loved ones.
675 McDermot Avenue
Website
1-866-561-1026
pfssinquiry@cancercare.mb.ca
Camp Quality Manitoba
Camp Quality provides a week-long camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer (receiving treatment or in remission) and their families.
Website
1-866-738-8011
manitoba@campquality.org
Lifeart Prosthetics
Lifeart provides custom-made, silicone body prosthetics. Lifeart prostheses are made to suit an individual’s needs. They are soft, lightweight and colour-matched for maximum comfort and a natural look.
1926 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB
Website
204-334-1206 or 1-877-607-7645
info@lifeartprosthetics.com
Get Better Together! by the Wellness Institute
Get Better Together! is a free six-week 2 ½ hour session each workshop, designed to help Manitobans with ongoing health conditions take control of their health.
1075 Leila Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba
Website
204-632-3900
info@wellnessinstitute.ca
Camp Goodtime – New Brunswick
Camp Goodtime is a summer haven for New Brunswick children who have cancer or have had cancer. It brings them together for a week of fun, adventure and friendships in a safe, medically supervised environment. Camp Goodtime is open to children aged 9–16.
Camp Rotary on Grand Lake
Website
1-800-639-0222
Localife St. John's - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led social activity-based program open to young adults who have received a cancer diagnosis, between the ages of 15 and 39.
Based in St John’s, Newfoundland
Website
localifestjohns@youngadultcancer.ca
Sobeys Cancer Support Centre
As Nova Scotia’s most comprehensive cancer support facility, it offers programs and services to meet the emotional, social, and practical needs of people living with all types of cancer and those who care for them.
Halifax
Website
Camp Goodtime – Nova Scotia
A week long summer camp for children living with, or in remission from, cancer or a brain tumour. All campers are invited to bring a buddy (sibling or friend) with them to camp.
When: Annually during the summer.
Website
902-992-0510
campgoodtimes@ns.cancer.ca
Amputee Society of Ottawa
Group of amputees in the Ottawa region whose purpose is to visit other amputees and share information, experience, and hope and to provide other support suited to the needs of each individual.
Website
Oncology Drug Access Navigators of Ontario (ODANO)
ODANO is a provincial organization founded to provide support, advocate for members, share resources and educate existing and new navigators in order to maximize the appropriate funding for all cancer patients.
Website
mail@odano.ca
Localife Ottawa - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
Website
localifeottawa@youngadultcancer.ca
Localife Toronto - Young Adult Cancer Canada
Localife is a peer-led, activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers.
Website
localifetoronto@youngadultcancer.ca
Wigs to Wellness
Program that creates personalized wigs for those that have been diagnosed with a medical condition or disease in which treatments will result in hair loss. Counseling and other options provided by a trained hairstylist who treats clients in a professional yet compassionate way. Also accepts wig donations.
Windsor
Website
519-915-5696
wigstowellness@yahoo.ca
Gilda's Club Greater Toronto
Our inclusive program of support, education and social interaction for the “whole family”- adults, children and teens as well as their family and friends is offered in a home-like setting and provided FREE of charge to members.
Toronto
Website
416-214-9898
info@gildasclubtoronto.org
Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
Canadian Cancer Survivor Network was created by a group of Canadians concerned about cancer.
Ottawa, Ontario
Website
613-898-1871
info@survivornet.ca
Nanny Angel Network
The Nanny Angel Network is a group of professional women comprised of professional child care providers and board members who generously volunteer their time to provide quality, compassionate relief childcare, at no cost to mothers diagnosed with cancer, in treatment or in the early stages of recovery.
Toronto and the surrounding area
Website
416-730-0025
coordinator@nannyangelnetwork.com
Hospice Toronto
Hospice Toronto enables access to appropriate care and support for those with a serious illness and their caregivers when and where they need it, whoever they are.
Website
416-364-1666
info@hospicetoronto.ca
Camp Quality Canada
Provides a week-long camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer (receiving treatment or in remission) and their families.
When: Annually, during the summer
Based out of Ontario, but also provides services in Alberta and Manitoba
Website
866-738-8011
info@campquality.org
Wellspring – Cancer Support
Programs and professional expertise will help you overcome the emotional, physical, functional and practical challenges you may be experiencing.
Downtown Toronto
Website
1-877-499-9904
Hope and Cope Pastoral Support Group
The guiding principal of this group is respect for one another’s individual life journey in illness.
When: First Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, March to November.
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Website
(902) 438-4374
Hope and Cope
Guided by professional staff, cancer-experienced volunteers provide psychosocial support and practical resources that help patients regain a sense of control and well-being, reduce isolation and restore hope.
Montreal
Website
514-340-8255
hopecope@jgh.mcgill.ca
Cancer Fight Club
Aims to provide adolescent and young adult patients and survivors, caregivers, family and friends, instant access to resources and support services that help guide them through their cancer experience.
Ongoing
Montreal
Website
514-340-3616 ext: 215
info@cancerfightclub.com
On the Tip of the Toes Foundation
The Mission of the On the Tip of the Toes Foundation is to help young people living with cancer (aged 14-29) regain their well-being by facing the challenge of a therapeutic adventure expedition. Supervised by medical and outdoor experts, these expeditions also aim to change the image of cancer for the participants and the general public alike. It is possible to obtain information concerning application and expedition dates by phoning the organization or visit their Web site. An online application form is also available.
Ongoing
Chicoutimi
Website
1-877-543-3048
info@tipoftoes.com
Allan Blair Cancer Centre
Out-patient facility which provides consultation, investigation and treatment for cancer patients. The Centre provides counseling, emotional support, grief support, financial aid, nutrition education, and wigs and headwear.
Regina
Website
639-625-2010
info@saskcancer.ca
Hope Cancer Help Centre Inc.
HOPE Cancer Help Centre Inc. is a grassroots Saskatoon registered charity that provides peer-to-peer support, and "fills the gaps" that other health or social agencies are often unable to address.
Saskatoon
Website
306-955-4673
hopesaskatoon@sasktel.net
Synovial Sarcoma Survivors Network
Online support group for those dealing with synovial sarcoma
Website
Smart Patients Sarcoma Group
Online support group for patients and caregivers dealing with sarcoma. Members share help, advice, and information about treatments, symptoms, and side effects.
Website
Patients Like Me
Website that allows you to connect online with people living with sarcoma. Where: Based out of Cambridge, Mass, but open to everyone.
Ongoing
Website
support@patientslikeme.com
Palliative Care Programs and Services Database
This website offers information on palliative care associations, drug/benefit programs, home care programs, residential hospices and other programs and services in Canada.
Website
info@virtualhospice.ca