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Support Programs

Get the information and support you need before treatment, during treatment and beyond.

Brain tumour support group

Brain tumour patients, their families and friends are welcome. Drop-in sessions are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, in the Wellness Room on the 3rd floor.

Cancer transitions

This 2-day wellness program is designed for cancer patients who have completed active treatment and are transitioning back into their post-treatment lives. Included in the program are an exercise session, guest presenters and group discussion on topics relevant to participants. Registration is required; please call 250-519-5525 for more information.

Children's art program

Groups for children and grandchildren of cancer patients are offered several times yearly. These sessions are led by an art therapist who provides a structured and safe environment for children to express their feelings, thoughts and reactions through the use of art activities. Registration is required; please call 250-519-5525 for more information and to find out when the next session will be held.

Education series

Education sessions are held monthly for cancer patients and their families. Popular sessions (i.e. Return to Work; Tools to Relax & Improve Sleep, Fear of Recurrence, Brain Strength: and The New Normal) are offered several times a year.

Head & neck support group

For patients who are beginning, going through or completed treatment for oral (head and neck) cancer. Family members are also welcome. Monthly sessions provide information, ideas for coping as well as time to connect and share experiences. Call 250-519-5525 for more information.

Look good feel better

Run by trained volunteers, the Look Good Feel Better program offers monthly sessions. To register, visit Look Good Feel Better.

Men & women with metastatic cancer support group

Living with a chronic illness (metastatic cancer) is challenging on many different levels. This group provides a safe and supportive environment in which to share feelings and explore new ways of coping. The group is held on the 3rd Friday of each month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Registration is required; call 250-519-5528 to reserve a spot.

Nutrition & counselling education for colorectal cancer patients

Facilitated by both a nutritionist and a counsellor, this group education session provides practical information on nutrition for colorectal patients and their families. Session are offered on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Sessions are held in the 3rd floor Support Centre.

Online cancer chat group

Cancer Chat Canada offers online groups to patients and their family members. To register, call toll-free 1-844-725-2476. For more information, visit the Cancer Chat Canada website.

Online support for children and teens

Cancer in my Family is a website made specifically for children ages 6-12. They will be ‎taken on a journey to understand how cancer is affecting them.

Facts 4 Teens offers web resources for teens to help in understanding the facts and feelings related to having cancer.

Ovarian & advanced gynecological cancers support group

This group provides an opportunity to connect with other women who are living with ovarian cancer. Meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 10:30 am to noon, in the 3rd floor Support Centre.

Partners of patients with advanced or metastatic cancer

Spouses of cancer patients whose disease is not considered curable may feel isolated and in need of support from others who are living in similar situations. Sessions are held on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information, call 250-519-5525.

Prostate cancer supportive care (PCSC) program

The Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) program is for prostate cancer patients. For upcoming session dates, please visit the PCSC website or download the fact sheet. For more information or to register, email or call the PCSC Site Coordinator at 250-519-5659.

Relaxation program

This drop-in session is offered every Thursday from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm in the Wellness Room on the 3rd floor. While cancer patients are given priority, family members and friends are also welcome, space permitting. Session facilitators lead participants through a visualization and relaxation experience.

Therapeutic touch clinic

Patients in active treatment are encouraged to book a therapeutic touch appointment. Therapeutic touch is a form of energy work that elicits the relaxation response, often providing symptom relief to patients. Sessions are provided by trained volunteers, under staff supervision. Appointments run 30 to 45 minutes and are offered on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month in the 3rd floor Wellness Room. Advance bookings are required; call 250-519-5525 to make an appointment.

Vocational rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation counsellors are available to help you find resources related to work related issues for cancer patients. For more information, call 250-519-5525 or toll-free (within BC) 1-800-670-3322.

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