Programs and Support Groups

Contact Us:

Patient & Family Support Services
675 McDermot Avenue
Phone: 204-787-2109
Toll-Free 1-866-561-1026
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*Closed holidays *Appointments can also be arranged after hours

CancerCare Manitoba’s Patient and Family Support Services offers a variety of support groups and programs in and outside of Winnipeg for people with cancer and their loved ones. Research has shown that participating in support groups can be effective in diminishing the distress associated with cancer. Some support groups and programs are time limited, while others are ongoing. All of the programs at CCMB are professionally facilitated.

Please take a look at the calendar within The Navigator for current patient and family support groups and programs.

Support Groups

Examples of support groups currently offered through Patient and Family Support Services include: 

  • Head and Neck
  • Living with Advanced Cancer Information and Support Sessions  
  • Melanoma Support Group
  • Multiple Myeloma Support Group
  • Narrative Support Group "Who Am I Now?"
  • Women Living with Recurrent/Metastic Gyne Cancer
  • Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Women with Primary Breast Cancer
  • Young Adult Cancer Support (18 - 35)
  • Younger Women with Breast Cancer 

Patients and families can also attend a variety of professionally led online support groups for those who prefer to stay at home and/or feel more anonymous.

Support Programs

Examples of support programs currently offered through Patient and Family Support Services include: 

  • Brain Fog
  • Expressive Art Group
  • Mindfulness Practice (modeled on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)
  • Moving Forward after Cancer Wellness Program 
  • Yoga and Cancer
  • Moving Forward after Breast or Gyne Cancer Information Session
  • Before and After Breast Cancer Surgery Information Session
  • Preparing for Gyne Surgery Information Session

Peer Support

There is nothing quite like talking with someone else who has "been there.” Whether face-to-face or over the phone, you can connect with someone who has had the same or similar diagnosis and life circumstances.
Call CCS Cancer Connection at 204-786-0616 or 1-800-263-6750.
You can also contact the Breast & Gyne Cancer Centre of Hope Peer Support Program at 204-787-2970 or toll free 1-866-561-1026.

Psychosocial Oncology - Counselling

Psychosocial Oncology, which is part of Patient and Family Support Services, is made up of social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals.
Our services are offered at no cost and are part of the care provided to you and your loved ones at CancerCare Manitoba.
Staff is trained to help you and your family cope with the emotional, psychological, social and spiritual stresses that often arise as a result of cancer and its treatment.

We provide individual, couple and family counselling, as well as facilitate a number of different support groups and programs mentioned above.
We are also researchers, volunteer trainers and educators on the psychosocial impact of cancer.

In Winnipeg, staff are located at the McDermot and St. Boniface sites.
To make an appointment, please call: 204-787-2109 or toll free 1-866-561-1026

If you live outside of Winnipeg, you can access support closer to home.
We can help you locate local resources and/or provide services by telephone or teleoncology, which is video conferencing.

Support is available through each of the regional hubs:

Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority: 1-855-557-2273
Northern Regional Health: 1-855-740-9322
Prairie Mountain Health: 1-855-346-3710
Southern Health – Sante Sud: 1-855-623-1533
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority: 1-855-837-5400
Western Manitoba Cancer Centre 204-578-2222