Community resources

Cancer Chat Canada

  • Cancer Chat Canada – This website runs professionally-led online support groups for Canadians affected by cancer, including patients, survivors and family members. Get support from the privacy and convenience of your home.

Cancer and Work

  • Cancer and Work – This website was designed to address the unique needs of cancer survivors with returning, remaining, changing or looking for work after a diagnosis of cancer. The website provides information, resources and interactive tools for survivors, health-care providers and employers.

Canadian Cancer Society

  • Community supports locator – This resource connects people with local supports through their area postal code.
  • Online community: – This resource helps people with cancer and their loved ones share their experiences and build supportive relationships.
  • Peer Match – This is a free and confidential telephone-based service for adults 18 years and older who have been diagnosed with cancer, or who are caring for someone with cancer.
  • Cancer Information Service – This is a national, toll-free service available to cancer patients, caregivers, families and friends, the general public and health-care professionals. This service provides information about: cancer treatment and side effects, clinical trials, coping with cancer, emotional support services, prevention, help in the community and complementary therapies.

Canadian Virtual Hospice

  • Canadian Virtual Hospice – This website contains information and support on palliative and end-of-life care, loss and grief. There is information to support family and friends providing care; discussion forums where you can connect online with others and find information, encouragement and support.

Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation

Eastern Health

  • Cancer Transitions, Moving Beyond Treatment – This is a seven-week group program offered by the social work team at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre. The program is made possible by the generous support of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. The goal is to support and empower cancer survivors emotionally as they transition from active treatment to post-treatment. Participants will meet once a week for seven weeks followed by a “booster session” one month post-program. The program includes emotional support and education about exercise, nutrition, emotional health, well-being and medical management. For further information, and next available date offerings, please call the social work office at 709-777-7604.
  • Grief and bereavement sessions and support groups – This page offers information on a variety of sessions and support groups for grief recovery.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

  • Peer-to-Peer Support: First Connection Program – This is a free service that matches patients and their loved ones with trained peer volunteers who have shared similar experiences. For more information and support, please call toll-free 1-800-955-4572, or call the local community manager for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada at 709-351-6592.
  • Lymphedema Association of NL – This page provides information, networking and support.

Look Good, Feel Better 

  • Look Good, Feel Better – This free two-hour workshop is open to women facing all types of cancer and treatment every month. Cancer and its treatment can cause a change in appearance. This workshop is meant to help women look and feel more like themselves.

Ostomy Society of Canada

  • Ostomy Society of Canada – This page provides a listing of support groups for persons who have had or may have ostomy surgery and their families, partners, caregivers and friends to meet, provide support and understanding and share information.

Smokers’ Helpline

  • Smokers’ Helpline – This is a central line for all inquiries about quitting smoking and tobacco-related concerns. Trained counsellors answer questions and address concerns about quitting. The Helpline welcomes calls from anyone in the community, not just those who smoke. Call toll-free: 1-800-363-5864.

Young Adult Cancer Canada-YACC

  • YACC – This page provides resources to support young adults as they move through and beyond cancer. To be the connection to peers, bridge out of isolation, and source of inspiration. Any cancer, any stage!

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Last updated: 2021-08-03