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Young Adult Cancer Canada

Group Name: Young Adult Cancer Canada

Description: Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) is a national not-for-profit organization based out of St-John’s, Newfoundland. Our focus is on building a supportive community with and for young adults who received a cancer diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 39, and are currently aged 18 to 39 years old. We do this through a number of in-person programs and online resources.

At YACC we have a program called Localife that operates in certain cities across the country, Toronto being one of them. Localife is an activity-based group where young adult cancer survivors enjoy fun activities and connect with their survivor peers. It aims to provide regular opportunities for young adult cancer survivors and supporters to come together to enjoy fun activities and the benefits of peer support. The program is open to anyone who received a cancer diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 39 and are currently aged 18 to 39. Survivors may also bring one supporter (aged 18-39) to each event. It is truly a great program! In addition to the activities, annual conferences are offered.

Where: 18 Argyle Street, Suite 201 | St. John’s, NL A1A 1V4

Contact: 709-579-7325 | 1-877-571-7325 | |

South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Chinese Cancer Support

Group Name: South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Chinese Cancer Support

Description: The South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) is a community-based organization that offers primary health care services and health promotion programs to a diverse community. We strive to respond to local issues and provide services in active partnership with our clients, patients, neighbours, community groups and professional organizations. SRCHC is funded by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network.

An educational program that offers guidance and mutual support to Chinese cancer patients and their families. The group is led by a Chinese-speaking outreach worker. Health professionals such as doctors, cancer nurses, pharmacists, radiation therapists, dietitians and social workers are invited to make presentations and answer questions. Participants learn about:

  • eating well
  • managing pain and nausea
  • how to ask for help
  • community resources
  • treatment and alternatives
  • peer support

*** Eligibility: Chinese-speaking (Cantonese and Mardarin) adults with cancer, caregivers and family members.
Where: 955 Queen Street East | Toronto, ON, M4M 3P3

When: Usually meets on the 2nd Tuesday afternoon of every month. Call ahead for the time.

Contact: Grace Ho 416-461-1925 Ext. 248 |

Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Group Name: Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Description: Founded in 2008, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to raise awareness and understanding about mesothelioma in Canada. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure. The aim of the CMF is to both initiate and foster a support network for patients with mesothelioma and their families, and to support the development of a community of health professionals in the field of mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and care across Canada.

An important objective of our organisation is to support the emotional health of patients living with mesothelioma, as well as the people that care for them. Currently, we offer a number of private, invite-only Facebook groups for mesothelioma patients, loved ones and bereaved to connect with one another, share experiences and seek support from others in similar situations. To participate in any of our groups, please send a message to the CMF Facebook page or to with your email address and we will issue an invite. We hope to hear from you soon.

Where: 4302-50 Yorkville Ave | Toronto, ON, M4W 0A3

Contact: 416-417-5544 | |

Myeloma Canada

Group Name: Myeloma Canada

Description: By working together with Canadian support groups, the Scientific Advisory Board and the International Myeloma Foundation, Myeloma Canada aims to provide education and support, raise awareness of this devastating disease and help drive efforts towards improving access to clinical trials and new treatments.

The Toronto & District Multiple Myeloma Support Group is composed of multiple myeloma survivors and their primary caregivers and grew out of a need for information and mutual support in dealing with this unusual disease. We have members from across the Greater Toronto area. We invite you to join us as we share support, comfort, information and friendship.

The purpose of the group is to explore and discuss the wide range of treatment options and to give myeloma survivors and their loved ones the support and information they need to live longer, stronger lives. In recent years there have been improvements in treatments. We have guest speakers to help educate and increase understanding of topics such as clinical trials, new treatments and coping strategies.

Where: P.O. Box 326 | Kirkland, QC H9H 0A4

When: In 2015, the group meets from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Feb. 7, Apr. 11, Jun. 6, Aug. 8, Oct. 3, and Dec 15. The meeting location is the Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York, Ontario.

Contact: Donald Hunter 416-759-6348 | Mike Kacsor 416-260-1915 | David McMullen 905-648-5146 | |

Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada

Group Name: Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada (Toronto Group)

Description: Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada, founded in 1994, is a national not-for-profit organization that provides free support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer. At Willow, we endeavour to ensure that no one, from the individual diagnosed to their family and caregivers, needs to face breast cancer or hereditary cancer alone. Because everyone at Willow has been personally touched by cancer, we can speak from experience. We understand the importance of timely access to unbiased and practical information, as well as considerate assistance and sensible encouragement.

BRCA Chat Toronto
An informal meet-up for women who are at risk for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer or have a BRCA gene mutation.
Scarborough Breast Cancer Support Group
Support group for women with breast cancer.

Where: 30 St. Patrick St. 4th Floor | Toronto, ON M5T 3A3

When: Aroma Café in the Yonge/Eglinton Centre on the last Tuesday of every month, 7 until 9 p.m. (BCRA Chat Toronto)
McCowan Retirement Residence, 2881 Eglinton Ave East, Scarborough on the last Wednesday of each month from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (Scarborough Breast Cancer Support)

Contact: 1-888-778-3100 | | Marilyn 416-284-9984 (Scarborough) | Peggy 416-269-7575 (Scarborough) |

Wellspring: A Lifeline to Cancer Support

Group Name: Wellspring Cancer Support Centres

Description: Wellspring is a growing network of community-based cancer support centres that collectively offer over 50 different programs. Wellspring provides support, coping skills, and education at no charge and without need of medical referral to individuals, family members and professional caregivers living with cancer.

Wellspring programs are open to individuals and caregivers who are coping with any type of cancer, at any stage. Programs include individual and group support, coping skills, expressive therapies, educational workshops and presentations, and cancer rehab programs. Programs are delivered within warm, welcoming Wellspring centres.

Where: Odette House and Coach House | 81 Wellesley Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 1H6

When: Visit the programs to see what the Wellspring Downtown Toronto offers and when.

Contact: 416-961-1928 | |

Prostate Cancer Canada Network

Group Name: Prostate Cancer Canada Network – Man to Man Peer Support

Description: Prostate Cancer Canada Network (PCCN)- Toronto, is a volunteer based, non-profit prostate cancer support group, run by prostate cancer survivors who help men diagnosed with this disease.

They provide an opportunity for men to talk in a safe and comfortable setting about dealing with their diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Side by Side Peer Support Meetings This program has undergone some recent changes. Our ladies’ support group, although still very active, now provides advice by appointment only. Please visit our website for more information.

Visit here for prostate cancer support groups within Ontario outside of Toronto.

Where: 541 Finch Ave West | Valleyview Residence | Toronto, ON M2R 3Y3

When: Meet for support 1st Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Valleyview Residence 541 Finch Ave. W. (just west of Bathurst Street on the Branson Hospital site) in the All Purpose Room

Contact: 416-932-8820 | |

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Group Name: Prostate Cancer Support Group

Description: Support group for prostate cancer patients, survivors, families and friends. Whether newly diagnosed or living with prostate cancer, they provide fellowship, emotional support, information and discussion.

Where: Wellspring Birmingham-Gilgan House Cancer Support Centre | 2545 Sixth Line | Oakville, ON L6H 7V9

When: Every third Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Contact: 905-691-5100 | 905-847-8801 | 905-257-1988 |

Canadian Cancer Society

Group Name: Canadian Cancer Society – Peer Support Program

Description: The Canadian Cancer Society’s peer support program offers support services that match cancer patients or their caregivers with a trained volunteer who understands what it is like to live with cancer. The service is free, accessible, confidential and responsive.
Support over the phone and in person: we search nationwide for volunteers who most closely resemble your cancer diagnosis and personal experiences.

One-to-one Peer Support
Connect by phone or in person to a cancer survivor or caregiver whose experience most closely resembles your own. Based on details that are important to you, such as type and stage of cancer, sex, treatment, side effects, age or family situation, you will be matched with a trained volunteer who has had a similar cancer experience.

Support Groups
Meet with adults who have cancer and caregivers for educational and informal group discussions facilitated by trained volunteers who are also living with cancer. Groups are community based – and some are specific to one type of cancer, while others may offer general support for people living with cancer.

Where: 55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 300 | Toronto, ON M4V 2Y7

When: Call for more information. Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact: 1-888-939-3333 | TTY 1-866-786-3934 | 1-800-263-6750 | |

Olive Branch of Hope, Breast Cancer Support Services – Circle of Friends

Group Name: Olive Branch of Hope, Breast Cancer Support Services – Circle of Friends

Description: The Olive Branch of Hope provides Black women and women of colour with support and promotes awareness of breast cancer. They Provide social, emotional and spiritual support for women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Activities include educational seminars on health and nutrition, interactive workshops and presentations, and general information and support for the newly diagnosed.

The Circle of Friends support group sessions allow women the freedom to discuss the disease in a caring, judgment-free environment with women just like themselves.

Where: Breast Cancer Support Services | 845 Wilson Ave., Suite #103 |Toronto, ON M3K 1E6

When: The Toronto East support group is held every 3rd Saturday of each month, and the Peel Region support group is held every 2nd last Saturday of each month. Call for locations and times.

Contact: 416-256-3155 | |

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