Community & Support

Rethink Breast Cancer is a charity helping young people who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer through innovative breast cancer education, research and support programs. Rethink’s national and local support programs are for women in their 20s, 30s and early 40s who are living with and recovering from breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Now What was developed by young women with breast cancer for young women with breast cancer, to provide information, support, inspiration, hope and a sense of community. This online resource includes live chats with experts, current news, journal articles and an interactive discussion board.

Callanish Society is a small, grassroots Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to improving the emotional and spiritual health of communities by assisting families with cancer, and their health care providers, to explore illness openly and consciously. Weeklong retreats and ongoing support programs are offered by a team of health care professionals and volunteers. Callanish provides several retreats annually for all ages, including one specifically for young adults with cancer.

Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) is a survivor-directed national network of organizations and individuals. CBCN is a national link between all groups and individuals concerned about breast cancer and represents the concerns of all Canadians affected by breast cancer and those at risk.

Caring Voices is an online community for cancer survivors. The site can be used to access current resources, learn about upcoming survivorship events, take part in chats and discussions and meet other cancer survivors.

Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative is a registered charity that offers recent cancer survivors the opportunity to spend a week at a private donated cottage to reconnect and rejuvenate with family and friends after completing treatment. For over a century, Canadian families have been finding peace, tranquility and inspiration in cottage country. Cottage Dreams was created with this in mind.

In Our Genes is a national program, offered by Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada, dedicated to providing peer support and credible information targeted to the individual needs of anyone at risk, or affected by, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Sharing Strength simplifies the process of finding information and support by connecting Canadians affected by breast cancer with trusted organizations and their quality resources and support services through it’s vibrant online community.

No Surrender is a survivor-created online support network with information, resources, analyses of recent research findings and more for individuals with various types or stages of breast cancer.

TellHER2.ca is a social network connecting Canadians affected by HER2+ breast cancer. Through the sharing of real-life experiences, TellHER2.ca provides much-needed support, information and community for the many women living with HER2+ breast cancer in Canada and beyond.

Wellspring is an innovative network of centres providing high-quality cancer support, education and coping skills to individuals, family members and professional caregivers in Canada.

Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada provides free information and emotional support for those impacted by breast cancer.

World Conference on Breast Cancer provides a unique opportunity for people concerned about breast cancer across the globe to convene and discuss common issues that impact survival and quality of life in an effort to advance global action on breast cancer.

Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) is an organization that provides information, support, skills, and opportunity for young adults dealing with cancer in Canada. YACC knows life is different when you’re a young adult, so it makes sense that cancer is too. We try to address issues like isolation, infertility, starting your career, and relationships through web-based and face to face programs like Goaltender, our web community, Retreat Yourself, the Survivor Conference, and We Get It.

Rethink Breast Cancer is a charity helping young people who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer through innovative breast cancer education, research and support programs. Rethink’s national and local support programs are for women in their 20s, 30s and early 40s who are living with and recovering from breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation (Calgary) offers services from a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals who specialize in breast cancer care for women living with and recovering from breast cancer.

Compassionate Beauty (Calgary) provides women and their family & friends support, knowledge and services needed to best maintain their comfort, body image and self esteem during the months of treatment and through survivorship. Services include prostheses fittings, wigs & wig alternatives and a range of spa services suited to those undergoing cancer treatments.

Gilda’s Club (Toronto) provides a meeting place where men, women, teens and children living with cancer, as well as their families and friends, can join with others to build social and emotional support by participating in support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events.

Heart in Hand Mastectomy Boutique (Georgetown, Ontario) provides ready to wear and custom made post-surgical undergarments and swimwear, as well as garments for lymphedema and compression therapy. Their Certified Mastectomy Fitters and ADP Certified Lymphedema Expert will ensure that your experience is a positive one.

Hope and Cope (Montreal) helps people cope with cancer. Guided by professional staff, cancer-experienced volunteers provide psychosocial support and practical resources that help patients regain a sense of control and well-being, reduce isolation and restore hope.

Kate’s Kitchen (Toronto) is FoodShare’s monthly free evening community kitchen for women who have experienced breast cancer. In this supportive environment, breast cancer survivors gather to cook, eat, laugh and spend a wonderful evening sharing resources, nutritional advice and cooking tips that promote healthy eating. For information, contact the program’s coordinator, Chandra Deen, at Foodsharecommunitykitchen@gmail.com or Alvin Rebick at alvin@foodshare.net or (416) 363-6441 ext. 251.

Nanny Angel Network is a volunteer service of professionally trained nannies who generously volunteer their time to provide quality compassionate relief child care – at no cost – to mothers diagnosed with breast cancer who are in treatment or in the early stages of recovery. This service is currently available in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Olive Branch of Hope Breast Cancer Support Services (Toronto) provides social, emotional and spiritual support for all women diagnosed with breast cancer, with a focus on women of colour and other immigrant women.

PYNK Young Women with Breast Cancer Program (Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre) (Toronto) is aimed at addressing the special clinical and research needs of younger women with breast cancer. Patients and families receive a continuum of care from the time of diagnosis through treatment and long-term follow-up with the support of a nurse navigator.

Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer (VOBOC) (Montreal) is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides ancillary oncology services to the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer population. VOBOC provides newly diagnosed AYA oncology patients (ages 15-39) with free diversions, resources and tools to help ease their cancer journey.

You Can Connect (Toronto) is a new a program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 39 who have been diagnosed with cancer. The program provides a space for conversation, networking and education, in a relaxed, social environment. Young adults can connect on any aspect of life, or cancer. On occasion, guest experts will be invited to speak on topics of specific interest to young adults with cancer. This program runs on the last Thursday of every month, from 6:00-8:00pm. Pizza and beverages will be served, and childcare is available. To register, or for more information, please contact Wellspring Westerkirk House at Sunnybrook at 416-480-4440.