Support Programs



You might think about joining a support program if you are feeling isolated, want a safe place to acknowledge difficult emotions, or want to meet others and learn how they are dealing with all the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

The healing benefits of a peer support group

  1. Provides a place to exchange ideas, ask questions and develop coping skills.
  2. Identifying with others brings more perspective to our own journey.
  3. Reduces the tendency to bottle up emotions by offering a safe place to express them.
  4. Gives peace of mind and a sense of relief to loved ones and family members.
  5. Creates an opportunity to learn from others and find new resources.
  6. Strengthens communication skills and self-expression.
  7. Decreases isolation and helps to bring more life balance.
  8. Brings about an immediate sense of relief by being a part of a supportive circle of others who are focusing on healing.
  9. Opens a window of opportunity for personal growth during a challenging time.
  10. Decreases stress and increases focus on healing.

AAMAC (Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplastic Association of Canada) 

Have you been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, aplastic anemia or PNH? Would you like to meet others with the same diagnosis? Join the Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplasia Association of Canada (AAMAC) for a patient support meeting. For more information  regarding the meeting, email or call 1-888-840-0039.

Caregivers Support Group

Cancer not only has a significant impact on the patient but on the family and their caregivers. This support group provides family members, friends or persons who play a significant role in the care of the cancer patient the opportunity to meet with other caregivers. The group will share issues and concerns regarding the care of the cancer patient and the effect of the diagnosis on relationships, life style and emotions. This group is to help improve the ability to cope, communicate and live with cancer.

Waterloo: Monday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
September 24
October 29
November 26
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Individual Support Program

We offer an individual support program for patients and their family members or caregiver with our trained support volunteers. Short-term counseling is available with our Cancer Care Coach for more advanced difficult issues needing personal attention from a social worker.
We also offer short term counseling for parents and their children with a Certified Child Life Specialist for difficult issues experienced by children and teens.

Waterloo: Monday - Saturday

Support Volunteer: Drop in
Cancer Care Coach: Call for an available appointment
Child Life Specialist: Call for an available appointment

Men's Program

Come hang out with other guys who are going through cancer too! This program provides an opportunity for men who are patients in active or post treatment and men who are caregivers to meet with each other for information gathering, networking, and conversation about their experience with cancer. Benefits of participating include increasing your overall well-being, gain information and reduce anxiety and depression. Take charge — gain confidence and become empowered. Registration required.

Waterloo: Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
September 12, 26
October 10, 24
November 7, 21
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Online Support

cancerchatcanada.JPGMeet others going through the same challenges as you are without leaving the comfort of your home. We are now offering online support through CancerChatCanada facilitated by psychosocial oncology professionals at collaborating cancer centres. They will host free, confidential, text-only, live online chat support groups for our cancer patients, survivors, and family members - regardless of where you live in Ontario. Meet once a week for 90 minutes over the course of ten weeks.

Register through Cancer Chat Canada for the next available 10 week session

Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Women can share their concerns about the impact of living with Ovarian Cancer. This support group is professionally facilitated and offers education, information on resources, and caring support whether you are newly diagnosed or for women who are facing recurrence. The group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month.

Waterloo: Thursday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
August 16 - Rescheduled to August 30.
September 20
October 18
November 15
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OPACC Parents of Children with Cancer (KW Chapter)

This group is facilitated by Directors of the Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC). Come join Helen and Lisa to share experiences and concerns on how the diagnosis of your child has impacted your family. Parents meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Waterloo: Thursday, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
September 11
October 9
November 13
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PCCN Waterloo-Wellington Prostate Support Group

The PCCN provides both patients and their partners or other caregivers with an opportunity to meet to talk about the impact of the diagnosis. This group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at the Rockway Centre.

Kitchener: Tuesday, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
August 28
September 25
November 27

Annual General Speaker Event: Dr. David Palma: Thursday October 18 - Grand River Recreation Centre, 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Women's Support Group

Support among the group is offered, tips are shared and strategies for coping discussed.  A wide range of on top of mind topics are discussed each week including everyday life events, past, present or future. Come discuss concerns about your future cancer treatments, eating problems and relationship issues.  The group is warm and friendly and a good social circle for women with cancer.

Funding for the Women's Support Group in part from:Shoppers Drug Mart Foundation

Cambridge: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9,16,23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18

Waterloo: Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
August 14 & 28
September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18

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