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Find a self-care support program near you

Would you like a safe space to talk to others going through a similar experience as you? Are you interested in activities like yoga but feel unsure about attending a traditional yoga class? Looking for more information and support when it comes to eating well during treatment?

From diagnosis and treatment to navigating life with and after cancer, it can be difficult to know where to turn for support. Through the generosity of our donors and dedicated staff and volunteers, the Canadian Cancer Society offers a wide variety of programs to help improve the health and well-being of people affected by cancer, their caregivers and loved ones — at any stage of a cancer journey.

To learn more about programming available near you, use our program finder below, check out our calendar of events, or call our team at The Sobey Cancer Support Centre at 902-423-6183. Not near one of these locations? Use our Community Service Locator to find programs in your area or learn more about the other ways we can help.

  • Wellspring Relaxation and Visualization

    Locations: Charlottetown
    Experience: In-Person
    Audience: Patients, Caregivers, Survivors
    Registration: Drop-in, registration not required

    Relaxation and Visualization is also known as guided imagery. This program provides a relaxing and peaceful experience that can improve one’s sense of well-being, reduce stress and provide skills to help cope with a cancer diagnosis. This program is a good starting place for new members. As well as being introduced to others as a support group and networking opportunity, participants will learn various coping strategies. Relaxation and Visualization is led by a professional program leader who leads the group in guided meditation followed by a guided imagery session and a group discussion.

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  • Wellspring Nourish

    Locations: Charlottetown
    Experience: In-Person
    Audience: Patients, Caregivers, Survivors
    Registration: Registration required

    Nutrition is important at any stage of the cancer journey. Wellspring’s Nourish program provides 5 different 2-part workshops on cancer and nutrition using the latest research to teach the fundamentals of good nutritional practices for cancer patients and includes cooking demonstrations, food sampling and take-home recipes. In addition, a single educational workshop provides current information to address myths and controversies regarding nutrition and cancer.

    The Nourish program provides information on side-effects of treatment that make eating difficult, provide strategies for those having trouble managing weight gain or weight loss, and explains how healthy eating can aid in cancer recovery and reduce the risk of cancer coming back.

    • Myths and Controversies (1 part)
    • Plant-Based Eating (2 part)
    • Super Healthy Strategies (2 part)
    • Beans and Grains (2 part)
    • Adding Flavour to Food (2 part)
    • Nutrition and Breast Cancer (2 part)

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  • Wellspring Returning to Work (Online)

    Locations: Charlottetown
    Experience: In-Person
    Audience: Patients, Survivors
    Registration: Registration required

    When planning to return to work following cancer, many patients have questions and concerns. Will I be able to do my job? What if I get sick again? How can I stay well at work? Cancer has changed me. Do I want to do this job again? How can my employer accommodate my needs?

    Returning to Work is a 6-week educational and support program designed to help cancer patients achieve a successful and sustained return to work following an absence due to cancer. Under the leadership of a professional program leader, topics include readiness to work, need for accommodation by your employer, treatment side-effects that may impact job performance, and how to get ready for the return. Returning to Work is available to cancer patients who are preparing to return to work.

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  • Wellspring The Healing Journey

    Locations: Charlottetown
    Experience: In-Person
    Audience: Patients, Caregivers
    Registration: Registration required

    This is a multi-week program that combines various cancer coping strategies for patients and family members; online complementary resources are available for home practice. The exercises and other techniques that are imparted are portable and easily used in cancer treatment centres or homes.

    The first level teaches participants about the benefits of helping themselves through supportive care and provides an introduction to stress management techniques such as deep relaxation, healthy thought management, visualization, expression of emotions and goal setting. The second level provides a deeper practice of the techniques learned in Level 1, and builds on these skills by teaching meditation, journaling, consulting an inner healer, letting go of resentments, spiritual aspects of healing and supportive group discussion.

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  • Wellspring Yoga for Cancer Recovery

    Locations: Charlottetown
    Experience: In-Person
    Audience: Patients
    Registration: Drop-in, registration not required

    This is a drop-in program for anyone who is either in treatment for cancer or recovering from cancer-related surgery. It is tailored to the special needs of this population, and Wellspring has learned through many years of evaluations, that patients find it to be more supportive, gentle and accepting than is generally the case with private yoga studios.

    This program is offered at Charlottetown Yoga Space located at 49 Pownal Street.

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  • Wellspring Brain Fog (Online)

    Locations: Charlottetown
    Experience: Online
    Audience: Patients
    Registration:Registration required

    Also known as ‘chemo-brain’, brain fog is the common term for changes in cognition (thinking) that often result from cancer and its treatment. Many cancer patients experience decreased memory, shorter attention spans, and difficulty solving problems and reduced ability to multi-task. Brain Fog is an educational program that teaches ways to address and improve cognitive functioning. Under the direction of an experienced professional leader, participants meet with others who are experiencing similar difficulties and learn proven strategies that can be adapted to individual styles and daily needs. This program was developed by Maximum Capacity, an organization that specializes in evidence-based, scientific and interactive cognitive enhancement programs. Wellspring’s facilitators have completed extensive training through Maximum Capacity to facilitate this program.

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