Professionally-led online support
groups for Canadians affected by cancer

Resources

Finding the Support You Need

If you have just learned that you have cancer, finding emotional support might not be the first thing you think to do. Many studies have shown that this is an especially critical time to reach out and begin developing a support network to help you handle the distress you are feeling. Make sure you ask your doctor or health care provider about professional support available to you through your cancer treatment centre. Cancer Chat may also have an online support group for you and/or your caregiver. Click here to learn more.

Links to resources recommended by our facilitators

Links to Cancer Resources

For people who are in treatment

For people who have been recently diagnosed with cancer

For young adults living with cancer

For teens living with cancer

  • GroupLoop - A safe place for teens touched by cancer to connect to find to find support, education and hope while dealing with a cancer diagnosis
  • CancerFightClub - Adolescent and young adult patients and survivors, caregivers, family and friends, instant access to the resources and support services that help guide you through your cancer experience
  • Survive & Thrive Cancer Programs - Uses adventure expeditions, films, experiential workshops and retreats to encourage and inspire those touched by cancer to live well

For children and young families living with cancer

  • Cancer In My Family - Helps children explore their feelings, and to help parents support and stay connected to their children as they work their way through questions, emotions and understanding of this journey the entire family is on
  • RethinkBreastCancer - Offers support for young families recovering from breast cancer
  • children and young families

For cancer survivors

  • Knight's Cabin - We are a national registered charity offering health behaviour change retreats for cancer survivors and their supporters      
  • Cancer & Work - Information for people on the cancer journey, and their health care professionals and employers, to help them stay at and return to work
  • CancerBRIDGES - Alberta based resource for those who have lived through/with cancer, their families, and others who may be interested in information on being a cancer survivor in Alberta
  • Cancer Survivorship Resources - by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
  • Exercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well (EXCEL) - A study evaluating the effectiveness and benefits of improving access to exercise for under-served rural and remote Canadian cancer survivors, conducted by University of Calgary

For family and friends

  • Ontario Caregiver Organization - If you’re caring for someone and you need support or have care questions, call the 24/7 Ontario Caregiver Helpline: 1-833-416-2273 or use live chat Monday - Friday 7 am to 9 pm at ontariocaregiver.ca.
  • GroupLoop - For teens impacted by cancer, both teens diagnosed with cancer and teens close to someone with cancer
  • Cancer In My Family - Helps children explore their feelings, and to help parents support and stay connected to their children as they work their way through questions, emotions and understanding of this journey the entire family is on

Palliative Care

Bereavement

  • Cancer Support Community - A virtual community offering online bereavement support groups run by professional facilitators
  • MyGrief.ca – Work through grief and loss from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace


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