Some Useful and Interesting Resource Links

Research and General Resources

  • Canadian Cancer Society, Ottawa Unit,3182,3543_323811__langId-en,00.html

  • CBCN (Canadian Breast Cancer Network)

  • CBCN just for Ontario

  • Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Patient Resources
    Includes links to Cancer Centre Patient Information, Social Work Patient and Family Counselling Services , the Patient Education Calendar, the Ninon Bourque Library, the Support Groups document (see Link under Support), and much more.

  • Ninon Bourque Patient Resource Library

    " The Ninon Bourque Patient Resource library is dedicated to providing up-to-date, reliable cancer information to patients and their families. The Library has over 1,500 books, video and audio cassettes, CDs and CD-Roms about cancer and related topics, such as nutrition, coping with cancer, relaxation techniques and more. You can borrow items from the library for three weeks and renew for a further three weeks if the material has not been reserved. There are also two computers which you can use to search for medical information on the internet." - web site.
    Search the catalogue online:

    The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre
    General Campus - Main Floor

    (between the chemotherapy waiting room and Module A)
    Tel.: 613-737-7700 ext. 70107
    Hours: Monday - Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    See their publication
    Where to Start. Sources of Information on Breast Cancer Suggestions for resources when you begin to look for information about breast cancer. Prepared by the Ninon Bourque Patient Resource Library
    Working to raise awareness on how smoking accelerates cancer
  • Tobacco-Free Life
    comprehensive guides and tools with the help of tobacco control professionals and smoking cessation experts



  • CancerConnection

    Call 1-800-263-6750, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Support is available in English, French and many other languages.

    "Connect to the cancer survivor or caregiver who most closely resembles your experience. We search nationwide for volunteers who most closely resemble your cancer diagnosis and personal experiences. These volunteers will then support you over the phone at times that are convenient to you.

    Meet with a cancer survivor. Our trained volunteers understand what it's like to live with cancer in your community. They can provide you with helpful pamphlets and up-to-date information for you and your family. As additional support to women with breast cancer, the Society is pleased to provide an information kit which includes a temporary prosthesis."

  • Support groups and cancer information services for the Eastern Ontario region - from the Ottawa Hospital

    This document is regularly updated. It includes contact information for the following support groups among many others: Stepping Stones (a 6 week duration support group, for women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer), Healthy Living for Women with Breast Cancer (a support group for women with breast cancer), Living for Today (a bi-monthly support group for men and women living with metastatic or recurrent cancer), What About My Kids?, Healing Circles (a support group for patients undergoing treatment for cancer).

  • Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada

    Willow's mission is to provide accessible, community-based, survivor-driven information and support services to help those living with breast cancer.

    Telephone toll-free: 1-888-778-3100

  • Cancer Support Community
    The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer.


Financial Aid


Comfort and relaxation

  • Cottage Dreams
    "Adult and child cancer survivors can apply to stay at a donated cottage to spend time with family after treatment."

  • Victoria's Quilts
    "Victoria's Quilts Canada's ministry is to provide hand made quilts to cancer patients and cancer treatment facilities."

  • Look good, feel better

    Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre - Civic Division
    Maurice Grimes Lodge 1053 Carling Ave Ottawa Ontario K1Y 4K7

    Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre - General Division
    General Hospital, Conf Rm ABC 2nd Fl. 503 Smyth Rd Ottawa Ontario K1H 1C4

    Registration: 613-737-7700 Ext. 10315

    Fun workshop where you can learn to apply cosmetics (including drawing in eyebrows), how to tie a headscarf, etc. Participants receive a bag of free products donated by various cosmetics manufacturers.



  • Breast Cancer Action - Ottawa. Fitness Classes

  • Breast Cancer Action - Ottawa. Busting Out Dragon Boat Racing Team.

  • Running Room Survivor Clinics - Walking and running

    Available in Ottawa at the Merivale and Slater Street Running Room stores. They're free! Train to walk or run the 5k or 10k CIBC Run for the Cure. Clinics are ten weeks long and start in July.

  • Make waves!
    An aquatic program aimed at cancer survivors.

    • Ray Friel Centre,
      1585 Tenth Line Road, Orleans
      Tel.: 613-830-2747
      Web site:
      Please call or visit web site to check days and times.
      A fee of $1 will be charged which will go towards cancer research.

    • Orleans Recreation Complex,
      1490 Youville Drive, Orleans
      Tel.: 613-824-0819
      Web site:
      Please call or visit web site to check days and times.

    • Kanata Leisure Centre,
      70 Aird Place, Kanata
      Tel.: 613-591-9283
      Web site:
      Please call or visit web site to check days and times.

    • Soloway Jewish Community Centre,
      21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa
      Tel.: 613-798-9818
      Web site:
      Classes are at 3 pm., Mondays and Wednesdays. Closed on Jewish holidays.

  • Cancer Rehabilitation Program at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus

    The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at the General Campus is open to Cancer Centre patients and offers exercise training, education and group support. The Program also conducts clinical trials on the health benefits of exercise for cancer patients. Referral by the patient's oncologist (cancer doctor) is required.

    Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Gym
    The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus
    503 Smyth Road, Ottawa
    Tel.: 613-737-7700 ext. 687


  • Breast Cancer Action - Ottawa. Lymphedema workshop

    If you have had breast cancer surgery, you should attend this workshop. Ask for BCA's listing of lymphedema-related resources in Ottawa.

  • National Lymphedema Network

    "The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, health care professionals and the general public by disseminating information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema." - Web site.

  • Tacit Compression Garments
    Kim Grambart, 613-277-7687


Mastectomy and lumpectomy supplies

  • Kelly's Boutique
    1747A St. Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1G 3V4
    613-248-8989, Diane Hayes


Transportation help

From the Canadian Cancer Society: "Sometimes getting to treatments can be hard. We can work with you to find the best way to get you there. For example, a volunteer driver could drive you from your residence to treatment at your local hospital or regional cancer centre. For more information contact the Canadian Cancer Society programs coordinator at (613) 723-1744."