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How we can help

Please check our individual program pages for any service changes due to COVID-19.

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. You may also qualify for other nationwide or regional financial support programs.

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 a support system 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.

Find support from someone who’s been there

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Our Peer Match Program 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.

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Our online –helps people who have cancer, cancer survivors and caregivers share their experiences and build supportive relationships.

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Find answers to your questions about cancer

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Our Cancer Information Helpline provides answers to questions about all types of cancer, diagnostic tests, treatments, side effects, clinical trials and many other cancer-related topics.

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From diagnosis to treatment to life after cancer, we're here to provide reliable and up-to-date information that's easy to understand. Explore our wide range of downloadable booklets.

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Other ways we can help

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.

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.



Dr David Huntsman and Dr Sohrab Shah Comparing genomes between ovarian cancer subtypes

Reducing the burden of cancer

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Canadians can help CCS fund the best research and support people living with cancer by donating and volunteering.

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