There are wide ranges of resources that can help you cope with your cancer treatment. Your social worker can help connect you with the organizations listed below or any other support services you require.
Transportation: information for those undergoing cancer treatments
If you need help with transportation, contact the Wheels of Hope program from the Canadian Cancer Society. Volunteers can drive you to and from the hospital or treatment centre. The program can meet your accessibility needs.
Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has a dedicated team of staff, volunteers, patients, survivors, family members and health care professionals determined to make the journey with a brain tumour one full of hope and support. Their mission is to reach every Canadian affected by a brain tumour and provide them with support, information and education.
Wellspring Cancer Support
Wellspring is a network of community-based support centres offering programs and services that meet the emotional, social, practical and restorative needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them. Wellspring programs are offered free of charge. There are six Wellspring centres in Ontario (Downtown Toronto; Westerkirk House (at Sunnybrook); Birmingham Gilgan House (Oakville); Chinguacousy (Brampton); Niagara and London. Please visit their website for contact information in your area.
Brain tumours and spine tumours
A diagnosis of a brain or spine tumour, either benign or malignant (cancerous), can be overwhelming. The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is a helpful resource to learn more about the particular type of tumour you have.
Brain Tumour 101, from the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada website, is a good place to start learning about brain tumours. This information has been compiled with the support, guidance and expertise of medical professionals and volunteers from across Canada.
It contains the following topics:
- What is a brain tumour?
- What is the difference between primary and secondary as well as non-malignant and malignant tumours?
- How is a brain tumour diagnosed?
- What are typical treatments for brain tumours?
There are many types of tumours and they have many different behaviours, side effects and treatments. Learn more about different types of tumours from the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada website.
The same site has online videos that will help you learn about brain tumours, their treatment and quality-of-life during treatment.
Some examples of topics contained on this website are:
- Research and clinical trials
- Brain tumour treatments
- Life after a brain tumour treatment
- Malignant brain tumours
- Non-malignant brain tumours
- Pediatric brain tumour
- Caregivers (families and health care professionals)
You may have preconceived ideas about brain tumours. Here are some facts to help you educate yourself about brain tumours. This is called debunking the myths about brain tumours.
Finally, it is very important that you advocate for yourself or your loved ones. Self-advocacy means working to help yourself or a loved one obtain needed services to maximize quality of life. Again, the Brain Tumour Foundation is a great help in giving you tips for advocating.
Resources for quitting smoking: specific benefits of smoking cessation for patients undergoing cancer treatment
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to help your cancer treatment. Whether you are scheduled to have surgery, radiation treatment or chemotherapy, quitting smoking will help you.
- Radiation therapy, for example, works better if the level of oxygen in your body is normal. When you smoke, the level of oxygen in your blood drops, making it harder for radiation to do its job.
- Chemotherapy drugs work better in people who don’t smoke.
- Quitting smoking makes your surgery safer and helps you recover more quickly.
List of resources to aid you in quitting smoking
- Cancer Care Ontario’s The benefits of quitting smoking for people with cancer
- Canadian Cancer Society’s For smokers who want to quit: one step at a time.
- Smokers’ Helpline