Community Resources

Topics in this section include: Virtual Programs, Cancer Organizations, Local Health Organizations, Hospice Care, Finance, LGBTQ2I Cancer Care, Indigenous resources, Clinical Trials, and Reference resources.

Virtual Programs

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre

Virtual support and care programs including Cancer Care Counselling, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi.


Look Good Feel Better

Offering a unique sense of community, LGFB helps those who self-identify as female to engage with other women with different cancer diagnoses to learn and share together. There are three main workshops: Skincare and Cosmetics, Breast Care, and Wigs and Hair Alternatives.


Pink Pearl Canada

Pink Pearl is a not-for-profit organization that brings together young women who have been affected by cancer through a network of peer-support and innovative programs.


Wellspring Online

Virtual resources and support programs including Returning to Work, Money Matters, and Understanding Long-term Benefits series'.


Hamilton Public Library – eBooks

Access to a wide selection of digital materials including eBooks and audiobooks using your HPL library card! Don’t have a library card? You can get one online for free! Click here to get your library card online.  Click here to visit their e-Book collection page.

*Once you have your library card, just click sign-in on the e-Book page, search for titles and click “Borrow”.


 

Cancer Organizations

Canadian Cancer Society – Community Services Locator

Find services like support groups, wigs and prosthesis, financial help, places to stay and more.


Cancer Assistance Program (CAP)

A community-based, not-for-profit organization offering free services for individuals and families affected by cancer, including home health equipment, wigs, personal care, transportation,  parking assistance, and the Cancer Assist Show.


Canadian Cancer Society

Information and resources related to specific diagnoses, diagnosis and treatment, living with cancer and more.


Cancer Care Ontario

Dedicated to reducing the growing burden of cancer in Ontario – access to programs in prevention, early detection, care, and research.


Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Information and resources on cancer-related topics, including cancer control, types of cancer, cancer continuum, risk factors and more.


Hearth Place, Oshawa location

Services and programs for cancer patients and caregivers, including individual counselling, emotional support groups, wellness programs, caregiver and grief support, and children's programming.


Cottage Dreams

Offers cancer survivors the opportunity to spend a week at a cottage at no-cost. This much needed time away with survivors, their friends and families allows them to reflect and celebrate recovery. *Currently closed due to COVID-19


 

Local Health Organizations

Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre

This centre provides primary health care, education, and advocacy to those individuals who face barriers to improving their health and well being.


Francophone Community Health Centre

This centre is a multi-service agency providing health and social services to French-speaking clients in Niagara and Hamilton.


Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health

Provides health services for newcomer and refugee individuals and families, including interpretation and translation, mental health supports, nutrition counselling, social work, and more.


Compass Community Health

Provides community health promotion programs, services and resources.


 

Hospice Care

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice

Located on the Hamilton's west mountain.


Emmanuel House Hospice

Located in lower central Hamilton.


St. Peter's Hospital

Provides complex continuing care. Located in central lower Hamilton.


Carpenter Hospice

Located in Burlington.


McNally House Hospice

Located in Grimsby.


Stedman Community Hospice

Located in Brantford.


Canadian Virtual Hospice

Information and support on advanced illness, palliative care, and grief.


 

Financial Resources

Money Concerns and Cancer (CCS)

Information on applying for financial benefits.


Money Matters (Wellspring)

Support and guidance for dealing with money concerns related to cancer, including information about long-term disability, income replacement programs, and drug reimbursement. Available to Ontario patients only.


 

LGBTQ2I Cancer Care

Queering Cancer

Online resources, discussion groups, and stories for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or two-spirit and their loved ones. In partnership with University of Alberta, University of Fraser Valley, Queens University, and the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


National LGBT Cancer Network

Supportive resources including podcasts, articles and blogs for LGBT people with cancer and their loved ones.


Cancer Margins

An arts and community-based LGBT2Q research project exploring sexual and gender diversity,
experiences of breast and gynecologic cancer health, support/care, and the ways we locate and
share cancer health knowledge.


Sexuality and Cancer, Dr. Anne Katz

An informative resource into the issues related to cancer and sexuality.


 

Resources for Indigenous peoples

Aboriginal Health Access Centres

Similar to Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Care Centres offer culturally appropriate primary care to Aboriginal families and individuals.


De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre
This centre provides various programs and services including traditional healing and counselling as well as mental health.


Hamilton Health Sciences: Indigenous Care & Services

Visit this webpage for information about Indigenous Patient Navigator services, smudging
policy, land statement, and more offered at Hamilton Health Sciences.


Ontario Health: Indigenous Cancer Care Unit
This unit works to improve cancer care for Ontario’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and
enhance access to culturally sensitive cancer services, support, and health education.


Six Nations Health Services
Located in Oshweken, Ontario, this organization’s supports and cares for our community members on their wellness journey.” The website
includes information about nutrition, long term care, mental health, and much more.


 

Clinical Trials

Ontario Cancer Trials

Information about current clinical trials in Ontario.


Clinical Trials Canada

National Cancer Institute is a cooperative oncology group that carries out clinical therapy trials across Canada and internationally. Located at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.


Cancer and Clinical Trials Gov

Information on clinical trials from the U.S.-based National Cancer Institute.


 

Reference Resources

 

Cancer Dictionary

Comprehensive reference to cancer information and terms used in medicine.


Health Canada, Cancer-Specific

This website offers information about cancer prevention and specific cancer types.


Medline Plus Cancer

World's largest online medical library.


 

While we have done our best to review the resources above, please know that the contents are intended to support you but are not to be considered prescriptive or an endorsement of particular sites, companies, or individuals.

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