If You Live Outside Winnipeg

If you live in rural Manitoba, one of the first things that is important for you to know is that many cancer diagnoses can be treated in or near where you live. Together with the oncologist, you can decide if receiving cancer care closer to home is the right option for you. Ask your doctor or nurse about it. (See: Community Cancer Programs.)

Counselling and Other Support Services

Breast Cancer

Many communities have access to local support services to help you and your family through your cancer experience. If you are having trouble accessing them, and you or your loved one has breast cancer, contact the Breast Cancer Centre of Hope at (204) 788-8080 or toll free at 1-888-660-4866. There are Community Contacts in many Manitoban communities to help keep track of the supports and resources available in their local communities. (See: Breast Cancer Regional Information and Support Networks.)

Other Types of Cancer

For all other types of cancer, contact a counsellor in Psychosocial Oncology at (204) 787-2109 or contact the Patient and Family Information and Resource Centre at (204) 787-4357. You can also call CancerCare Manitoba toll free at 1-866-561-1026 and ask to be connected to Psychosocial Oncology or the Resource Centre.

Another option that many people have found helpful is to access information and support over the Internet. There are on-line support groups that many patients and family members have told us have been very helpful to them, because they are always there - no matter what the time of day or night.

For example, cancercare.org provides oncology social workers who facilitate on line support groups at no cost. In this case, the online support group is very much like a 'face to face' support group - it usually numbers between 6 and 12 people, who have been through or are facing a similar situation, and have come together to share their experiences, learn from each other, and provide each other with a setting of emotional support. They also provide on line or telephone information sessions with world renowned cancer care specialists.

OncoLink offers information on medical, emotional and spiritual issues related to cancer for people with cancer, their family and friends, and for health professionals. OncoLink features continually updated information from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on how to access information and support services either in person in Winnipeg, in your own community, over the phone, or by Teleoncology.