Interested in joining Colorectal Cancer Canada's Support Groups? For more information, contact us at: info@colorectalcancercanada.com

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Social and emotional support is associated with better overall health. Equipping patients and caregivers with information provides the understanding and confidence required to ask important questions about treatments and overall prognosis. Colorectal Cancer Canada is actively creating virtual support communities throughout Canada. Our goal is to ensure patients and caregivers are informed about the disease, empowered by this knowledge and receive the support necessary to be active participants in their care.

Sharing ones own experience in a non judgemental environment is a kind of healing.

- Ian

Moderated by our Patient Support Specialist, monthly meetings are held where patients, caregivers and their families can learn, share experiences, and support one another.

Initially I wasn’t sure how the virtual format would work, but now that I’m used to it, it hasn’t been an impediment at all. The conversation flows easily, and the meetings go fast. Meeting virtually allows us to meet more frequently and makes it possible to invite guests which wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

Michelle and Dave

What you can expect from attending our groups:

  • Presentation and discussion of clinical and psychosocial topics related to colorectal cancer care, covering all stages of the disease. We seek to arm patients with up-to-date information on treatments and advances in the field. We believe this encourages thoughtful dialogue between patients and their treating oncologists and helps them to make informed decisions about their cancer care.
  • Cancer Care updates Group members are encouraged to share information about their journey, addressing concerns with respect to treatments or side effects, fears, nutrition, post treatment follow-up care or any other issue they feel worthy for discussion. Through shared experiences, moderator and members will assist each patient in exploring their questions and concerns.
  • A safe and supportive environment to ask questions and explore both the psychological and emotional impact of the disease

The thought of cancer never goes away and these monthly sessions allow me to process thoughts and come out on the right side. Kind of like a reality check on life.

Colorectal Cancer survivors and patients in a cancer support group

DID YOU KNOW?

Across Canada, more than two million people are now involved in information/support groups.

People who have social support are more likely to be healthier than those who do not.

BENEFITS REPORTED BY PATIENTS WHO HAVE ATTENDED OUR INFORMATION/SUPPORT GROUPS:
  • Learning more about cancer
  • Learning more about resources for people with cancer
  • Feeling that life is more meaningful
  • Being able to cope with illness and medical procedures
  • Having a better perspective on illness
  • Being more aware of needs
  • Being able to talk about cancer
I would say that I have learned so much more about cancer than I knew before. Most importantly, I think there is a special connection between cancer survivors, that you can only understand if you’ve lived the experience.
Michelle and Dave
  • Being able to talk with family and friends about cancer
  • Feeling physically stronger
  • Feeling more empowered or able to make decisions
  • Being less isolated
  • Being more active, socially and physically

The presentations have given a great incite into medical advances and learnings about colorectal cancers. I think the knowledge aspect is key to accepting and understanding what can happen.

- Ian

Peer support is a supportive relationship between people who have a lived experience in common. It was one that resonated strongly with me and my personal beliefs. ... I felt strongly that my fight with colorectal cancer would be of practical use and I could empower another human being and provide hope with my own insights and lived experience. I thought that support couldn’t get much better than that. ... I have been forever changed by CCC’s help, knowledge and empathy. I plan to continue to embody the key messages of their support program in a variety of ways as I move forward, cancer free. I hope that you too can help CCC support other patients and their families as they are faced with cancer. Together we can make a difference!
Kathy Torunksi's Story

Below is a list of colorectal cancer information/support groups currently operating in Canada. Should you wish to inquire about them or do not see one that operates in your community, do not hesitate to contact us to see if one has just started running in your city or if if we can help you find one near you.

COLORECTAL CANCER INFORMATION/SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Virtual early age onset support group (50 and under)

    Professionally led and moderated support group for all stage of colorectal cancer held via Zoom platform

    First Monday of every month from 7-9 PM ET
    If you are interested in joining our support community, please contact our Patient Support Specialist Chana Cohen at:

    chanac@colorectalcancercanada.com

    or by telephone:

    robert.hamilton3@icloud.com

    QC: (514) 875-7745 ext. 2529
    ON: 416-785-0449
    Toll Free: 1 877 50 COLON (26566)

  • Virtual general colorectal cancer support group (all stages welcome)

    Professionally led and moderated support group for all stage of colorectal cancer held via Zoom platform

    Last Monday of every month from 7-9 PM ET

    If you are interested in joining our support community, please contact our Patient Support Specialist Chana Cohen at:

    chanac@colorectalcancercanada.com

    or by telephone:

    QC: (514) 875-7745 ext. 2529
    ON: 416-785-0449
    Toll Free: 1 877 50 COLON (26566)

  • Ottawa, Ontario (Now virtual)

    The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s MapleSoft GumDocs Centre, 1500 Alta Vista Drive.

    Colorectal cancer patients, survivors and caregivers meet monthly to provide information and share their authentic lived experience. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Meetings (on the second Tuesday of every month)
    For more information please contact Kim Anne de Champlain

    skimanne.dechamplain@live.ca 819-208-4736

    or Robert Hamilton

    robert.hamilton3@icloud.com 613-325-2400
  • Montreal, Quebec
    CRC Support Group

    4635 Cote St Catherine West (corner Lavoie street)
    Facilitator: Chana Cohen
    Meets every first Thursday of the month,
    A community-based group for patients, family members and friends who want to learn more about colorectal cancer and share their cancer experiences & information with others in the same situation.
    For more information, call Chana Cohen

    chanac@colorectalcancercanada.com 514-875-7745 ext. 2529
  • Oshawa, Ontario (now virtual)
    CRC Support Group

    Hearth Place Cancer Support Ctr., 86 Colborne St. W., Ottawa, Ontario.
    Facilitator: Ted Trueman.
    Meets every third Monday of the month: 4:30-6:30 p.m. If you plan to attend  Stephanie Hamilton

    stephanie@hearthplace.org 905-579-4833
  • Edmonton, Alberta
    Wellspring Edmonton

    11306 65 Ave NW
, Edmonton, Alberta
, T6H 2Z8
    Contact: Dr. Daniel Schiller

    780-758-4433

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