The following organizations and community groups come from both national and local levels. Like the PEIBCIP, they provide resources for all those affected by breast cancer. Please contact us if you know of a similar organization whose resources we can share.
1st Monday each month
PEI-Charlottetown Breast Cancer Support Group meets monthly except for July and August. The first Monday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday in which it would take place the following Monday). Time: 7 p.m.
Charlottetown: Judy 902-569-3496 or email@example.com
Souris and area contact Suzette: 902-687-3950 (as of 2015 the group meet in April, June, September,December)
Montague area now has a contact - for info: call Judy at 569-3496
Western PEI Information Contact: Jan Cox 902-853-3571
PEI Metastatic Breast Cancer Survivors: Sharon MacNeill 902-888-2659 or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving Forward Program
(All Cancers) - The PEI Cancer Treatment Centre is offering a program for patients who have completed treatment; for more information contact Cancer Patient Navigator Wendy Holmes at 894-2552 - topics will include:
Follow up Care, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Coping and Adjustment, Survivorship and Community Resources
Patient Navigator, PEI
Provincial Cancer Patient Navigator program: through Health PEI provides information, guidance, and support to the patient and the family. Call 902-894-2556 or 1-877-511-5177
Metastatic BC Group-PEI
Sharon MacNeil realized the need for those with Metastatic breast cancer to have a place to "call their own" so has begun a Face book page for those who register; it is private and confidential; they sometimes meet by telephone, and sometimes in person - please help spread the word that this group exist as of 2015.
Sharon has taken Advocacy training through CBCN (Canadian Breast Cancer Network - all survivors of BC)
is approachable and knowledgeable...contact data:
Sharon: tel. 902- 888-2659 email@example.com
Canadian Cancer Society, PEI
Call 566-4007 or 1-866-566-4007 toll-free to access any of the following:
- Reach to Recovery A one-to-one support program for women who have had breast cancer. This service offers a hospital visit by a volunteer who has experienced a similar journey two years past (at least) and delivers a container of information pamphlets and a Comfort Wrap; a follow up telephone call is made within two weeks following the hospital visit as support for the patient.
- Living With Cancer Support Group People living with cancer, their families and friends meet regularly to help support one another. Meetings take place in various communities.
- Books and Videos about diagnosis and treatment.
- Financial Assistance medications and nutrition supplements, transportation and accommodations (Financial assistance is based on income).
- MedicAlert Bracelets for cancer patients are encouraged especially for lymphedema patients.
Application forms available at Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division, 1 Rochford Street, Charlottetown, PEI C1A9L2
Prince Edward Island Breast Cancer Support Groups
The PEI Breast Cancer Support Groups are survivor-driven groups dedicated to providing support to those affected by breast cancer.
The PEI Breast Cancer Support Groups provide:
- Group support
- A voice of solidarity for Island breast cancer survivors
There are regular monthly meetings. For details contact:
Charlottetown: Judy 569-3496 and/or Glenda at 894-5454
Souris area: Suzette: 902-687-3950(meet April, June, September, December)
Member unit of CBCN (Canadian Breast Cancer Network) 1-800-685-8820
Montague has a contact person - call Judy for information 902-569-3496
Western PEI: Jan Cox 902-853-3571
Metastatic BC: Sharon MacNeill: 902-888-2659
The PEIBCIP has provided books and videos related to breast cancer to the Provincial Library System.Visit your local library or the provincial website
for more information or to order a book.
In addition: the Charlottetown BC Support Group has a shelf of books/periodicals for loan (self service) at the meeting place (Church of the Nazarene, Woodlawn Ave., Ch'town)
Lennox Island Health Center provides a number of books/periodicals for your use (donated by jdw)
Cancer Information Service
A national service of the Canadian Cancer Society. Call with any questions related to cancer, (e.g. medications, treatments, side effects, clinical trials, complementary therapies and more. Calls are confidential.
Call toll-free 1-888-939-3333, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Recently developed and available to any requesting community group: Breast Health 101
presentation includes an over-view and Q & A - call CCS-PEI Division to request a date/info
A free, bilingual confidential telephone or on-line peer support program where people living with cancer or caregivers are matched with trained Cancer Society volunteers who have had a similar cancer experience.
All calls are strictly confidential.
Call toll-free 1-888-939-3333
Look Good, Feel Better
Teaches women living with cancer how to use cosmetic techniques and hair alternatives to help manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer and its treatment.
For more information, call 894-2027 (Charlottetown) or 432-2500 (Summerside).or 438-4418.
Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN)
The national voice of breast cancer survivors, CBCN represents breast cancer support groups and advocacy and affiliated groups across Canada. National focus groups on the special concerns of rural women and young women with breast cancer have helped the Partnership find ways to reach out to these groups in PEI. CBCN also offers periodic webcasts on different topics of interest to women living with breast cancer and their families. PEi Representative on the CBCN Board of Directors is Judy Donovan Whitty - 902-569-3496. Each member of the CBCN Board of Directors has personally experienced the journey of BC. For more information, visit their website at www.cbcn.ca
Intimacy After Breast Cancer:Starting Over - a free day long interactive workshop for women who have experienced BC. This program/book was developed by Dr. Sally Kydd,Fredericton,NB. Dr. Kydd describes her personal journey after BC, discovering the need for supports/information. On PEI, BC survivor/ volunteer Judy Donovan Whitty, R.N. (Ret'd), B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Certified Canadian Counsellor and member of the Canadian Counsellor Psychotherapy Association facilitates the workshop on behalf of CBCN. Further information and/or to have this workshop in your area feel welcome to contact CBCN or Judy directly at 902-569-3496. Participants receive a free copy of Dr. Kydd's book.
Next Workshop: pre-register for 2017
Wigs for Women
Wigs/consultation are available through several sources - see detailed listing which includes Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division will provide a wig for women experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment.
Martinique shop in Cornwall, PEI - donated 14 wigs to the CCS 2014 (provides consultation, sells wigs)
Wraps of Love
Island-made, knitted 28"x80" wraps are available at New Method Drycleaners next to the Great Canadian Bagel on University Avenue in Charlottetown or the Canadian Cancer Society-PEI Division, Rochford St., Charlottetown, PE.
You can get your first breast prosthesis free from the Prince Edward island Provincial Government by calling (902) 892-4556. Please leave a message. For further purchases of breast prostheses, call:
Linda Murphy, R.N. (902) 393-2821 or (902) 569-3288
Island Home Health Care, 41 St. Peter's Road, Charlottetown (902) 628-1500
Lawtons Drugs, 161 St. Peter's Road, Charlottetown (902) 628-6611
Lawtons Drugs, County Fair Mall, 475 Granville Street, Summerside (902) 432-3563
Atlantic Prosthetics Inc., Polyclinic Professional Centre, 106 - 199 Grafton Street, Charlottetown (902) 368-7767
Martinque Wigs, Cornwall (this company donated 14 wigs to the CCS) 2014
Encore After Breast Cancer Exercise Program
A free 8 week program, offered in the fall and winter, combining gentle floor and pool exercises with the support of other women. It’s safe, fun and therapeutic. Encore can help you strengthen and tone your arms, shoulders and chest, regain mobility and improve the lymphatic system and your general fitness. Guest speakers present information on a range of complementary therapies and programs.Contact the CARI Aquatics Complex to see when the next program is available. Call 902-569-4584 (ext. 0) to request information and registration forms. A signature by your primary physician is required. If enough participants pre register the course is held each Fall.The program facilitator is Marlene Cairns and the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have concerns that you might be at risk for lymphedema, and/or if you are experiencing lymphedema, ask your physician or any health care professional involved with your cancer care to refer you to the trained therapist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Allana Saulnier is the specialist at QEH (Physiotherapy Dept.). 902-894-2062.