What is Cancer Chat?
Cancer Chat provides free and professionally-led online support groups for Canadians affected by cancer, including patients, survivors and family members. Cancer Chat online support groups are suitable for those who are unable to attend a professionally-led face to face support group because they live in a rural area or have a busy schedule of medical appointments or caregiving duties.
Cancer Chat online support groups are structured to provide emotional support and a place to safely discuss personal topics. All chat sessions are typed (text-based, no voice/audio) and take place in real time, with all participants logging in at the same time to take part in the discussion. Groups meet once a week for 90 minutes, for about 10 to 12 weeks, in a live "chat" room on the Internet.
There are three steps to sign up:
- Register online. We will email you as soon as we have a group scheduled to let you know the date and time it will begin. That email will include a link to the group's enrollment form, which you can fill out if the upcoming group fits into your schedule.
If you have previously registered with us and have an account, you can directly sign up for a specific group of your choice by checking out our calendar of upcoming online support groups.
- Fill out the enrollment form by clicking on the link included in the email that was sent to you in Step 1. The enrollment form is a set of web-based questionnaires which helps us understand about you and your need for an online support group. The enrollment form will take you between 10 to 30 minutes to complete.
If you have previously registered with us and have an account, the calendar will take you directly to the enrollment form for the group of your choice.
- We will contact you personally to review the enrollment form BEFORE confirming your participation in the group.