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groups for Canadians affected by cancer

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This is an online support group for patients who are actively receiving treatment for their cancer (or in follow up related to their treatment). This includes surgical, chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer.

There are a total of 8 weekly sessions and each session includes a specific skill-building topic based on a published cancer manual. Weekly chapters will be delivered by email to participants which may take up to 15 minutes to read and participants can complete it at their own pace prior to each weekly session.

In addition, this active treatment support group will include a research component to evaluate the usefulness of a new artificial intelligence system (AI) built into this group.  The AI will review texts posted during the session and help facilitators identify and respond to group members' emotional needs more effectively. Participants will receive automated emails from our system to provide additional informational support and resources.

The group start date is planned for Thursday, May 27 and will run for 8 weeks for approximately 90 minutes. There will be no session on Thursday, July 1st.

The weekly session will take place online at the following times:

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain 

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Central

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Atlantic

Please register if you are seeking support in this area and interested in connecting with other cancer patients with similar experiences.

24-May-2021

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Insomnia Education and Support Group

This is an online educational support group for all cancer patients and survivors with any diagnosis and stage whom are having chronic problems with sleep (insomnia).  Participants will be asked to track their sleep patterns in an online diary for 7 days for each week the group is in session. The online sleep diary will be viewed by the facilitator and sleep related concerns shared by group members will be addressed during the weekly session.

This support group will include weekly skill building topics based on a published cancer manual on sleep. Weekly chapters will be sent by email which includes reading materials and exercises which participants can complete at their own pace. In addition, this support group will include a research component to evaluate the usefulness of a new artificial intelligence system (AI) built into this group.  The AI will review texts posted during the session and help facilitators identify and respond to group members' emotional needs more effectively.  AI also recommends individually tailored resources.

The group start date is planned for Wednesday, April 14, 2021 and the group will run for 6 weeks for approximately 90 minutes.

Please note your time zone:

10:00 PM to 11:30 AM PDT - Pacific

11:00 PM to 12:30 PM MDT - Mountain and CST for Saskatchewan

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM CDT - Central

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT - Eastern

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ADT - Atlantic

Please register if you are seeking support in this area and interested in learning more about managing your insomnia.

19-May-2021
Advanced Cancer Support Group

This is an online support group for patients who have advanced cancer. Being diagnosed with advanced cancer or finding out the cancer has returned or spread can feel quite overwhelming. This group offers informational, educational support and skill building exercises to help patients cope better with stress. Weekly chapters based on a published cancer manual will be delivered by email to each participant which may take up to 15 minutes to read and participants can complete it at their own pace prior to each weekly session.

In addition, this support group will include a research component to evaluate the usefulness of a new artificial intelligence system (AI) built into this group.  The AI will review texts posted during the session and help facilitators identify and respond to group members' emotional needs more effectively.

The group start date is planned for Friday, April 30 and will run once a week for 8 weeks.  Each session will be 90 minutes in duration at the following times:

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Mountain

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Central

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Atlantic

Please register if you are seeking support in this area and interested in connecting with other cancer patients with similar experiences

18-Jun-2021