How we can help
If you, or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, you’ll have many questions and concerns. We’re here to help. We offer support and information for people with cancer and their family, friends and caregivers.
Fear, anxiety, helplessness, anger – these are feelings people can have when faced with a cancer diagnosis. But knowledge and support are power. Our services are free and confidential, and many are available in multiple languages.
Our Cancer Information Service provides answers to questions about all types of cancer, diagnostic tests, treatments, side effects, clinical trials and many other cancer-related topics.
Our Peer Support Service connects people living with cancer and caregivers with trained volunteers who offer encouragement and share ideas for coping – all from their unique perspective as someone who’s been there.
Our online community – CancerConnection.ca –helps people who have cancer, cancer survivors and caregivers share their experiences and build supportive relationships.
We can also help you find more cancer-related services in your area through our Community Services Locator – a searchable database of over 4000 cancer-related services and resources nationwide – or at one of our community offices across the country.
Quit smoking – Our Smokers’ Helpline offers proven tips and tools to help people quit smoking.
See the impact of our support services on people touched by cancer.
Sometimes getting to and from treatment can be difficult. Our Getting to Treatment program helps patients and caregivers get to and from cancer treatment appointments using volunteer drivers and by providing assistance with the costs of transportation and accommodation.
Our volunteer driver program, part of our Getting to Treatment program, can help cancer patients get to their treatment appointments if they are unable to drive themselves or arrange rides with a family member, friend or neighbour.
Our Awake & Alive retreats are for adults with any type of cancer at any stage in the cancer journey. This life-affirming day offers the opportunity to explore what it means to live fully awake and fully alive even while facing serious illness.
Our client advocate program can help when problems arise. This can happen when you need to draw on a wide range of resources, including the public healthcare system, employment benefits, private insurance, and government services at all levels. Most people can resolve issues on their own and draw on their resources, but sometimes people need extraordinary help.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.