What's Next?

  1. Prepare to meet with your health care team by answering a few questions and printing off your customized fertility option exercise

  2. Ask your family doctor, surgeon, oncologist or other healthcare team member for a referral to a fertility specialist to learn more about your fertility options.

  3. Bring your fertility options exercise results, this decision aid, your notes, and any questions with you when you meet with your fertility specialist and oncologist.

Resources

You are not alone. There are many resources that you can use before and after your treatment. Below are some of the resources that are available. Ask your healthcare team for more resources or support groups near you.

Please note: the listed resources are for informational purposes only. These resources are not endorsed by the team who developed the decision aid.

Resources for Young Women by Province

Listed below are resources and groups available in your province. These resources will give you more information on all aspects of your breast cancer diagnosis. This includes information on breast cancer, fertility concerns, and other treatments. These resources also have support groups and forums where you can go to talk with others in similar situations. Please note that there may be other resources and groups available in your area. Ask a member of your health care team for more information on the resources and supports near you.

National

Canadian Resources and Support Groups

Canadian Cancer Society – A national, community-based organization of volunteers who provide services and support groups.
Website: www.cancer.ca
Phone: 1-888-939-3333

Canadian Cancer Survivor Network – Networks of patients, survivors, friends, families, community partners, and sponsors who promote health and education for cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors by providing support and easily accessible tools.
Email: info@survivornet.ca
Website: www.survivornet.ca
Phone: 613-898-1871

Cancer Knowledge Network – Organization that provides education, information, and a navigation system to medical and cancer patient/caregiver communities.
Website: www.cancerkn.com

Cancer View Canada – Created by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer for Canadians with cancer, survivors, friends, family, and the public. It provides online services, information, and resources for support across the cancer journey.
Email: info@cancerview.ca
Website: www.cancerview.ca
Phone: 1-877-360-1665

Health Experiences – A website that provides a place to see, listen and read about Canadians’ first-hand experiences with breast cancer through in-depth interviews. The website also provides resources and services for cancer patients.
Email: info@healthexperiences.ca
Website: www.healthexperiences.ca
Phone: 1-855-531-2775

Rethink Breast Cancer – Charity that empowers young people (40s and under) worldwide who are concerned or affected by breast cancer through education, resources, advocacy, community engagement, and fundraising.
Email: hello@rethinkbreastcancer.com
Website: www.rethinkbreastcancer.com
Phone: 416-920-0980

Young Adult Cancer Canada – Organization that supports young adults as they move through and beyond cancer by connecting peers, education, bridging out isolation, and being a source of inspiration.
Email: connect@youngadultcancer.ca
Website: www.youngadultcancer.ca
Phone: 709-579-7325

Resources and Support Groups Outside of Canada

Breastcancer.org – Nonprofit organization that provides complete and reliable information about breast cancer to help make sense of complicated medical information.
Website: www.breastcancer.org
Phone: 610–642-6550

LIVESTRONG Foundation – Organization that aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer through education, support, tools, and resources.
Website: www.livestrong.org
Phone: 877-236-8820

MyOncofertility – Educational website that provides support, tools, information, and resources to cancer patients, parents, and partners on cancer and fertility.
Website: www.myoncofertility.org
Phone: 866-708-FERT (3378)

National LGBT Cancer Network – Network that aims to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors by educating, training, and advocating.
Email: info@cancer-network.org
Website: www.cancer-network.org
Phone: 212-675-2633

National LGBT Cancer Project – Non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to supporting LGBT cancer survivors and those going through a cancer diagnosis through cancer-related programs, raising awareness, services, and research.
Website: www.lgbtcancer.org
Phone: 212-673-4920

Young Survival Coalition – Organization dedicated to providing unique resources, outreach, and connections for young people diagnosed with breast cancer.
Website: www.youngsurvival.org
Phone: 877-972-1011

Alberta

Wellspring (Calgary, Edmonton) – Network of community-based support centres that offer programs and services to meet the emotional, social, practical, and restorative needs of people living with cancer and their caregivers.

Calgary
Website: wellspringcalgary.ca
Phone: 403-521-5292

Edmonton
Website: wellspring.ca/edmonton
Phone: 780-758-4433

CancerBridges – Team of professionals and cancer survivors that research and deliver evidence-based survivorship care.
Website: www.cancerbridges.ca

British Columbia

Inspire Health – Supportive Cancer Care –Non-profit organization that provides programs and services to people living with cancer and their families to educate and enhance their quality of life, health, and well-being.
Email: info@inspirehealth.ca
Website: www.inspirehealth.ca
Phone (General Inquiries): 1-888-734-7125

Manitoba

Breast Health Centre – A program by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority that offers services to support people emotionally and physically across diagnosis to treatment.
Website: www.wrha.mb.ca/bhc
Phone: 204-235-3906

Central Plains Cancer Care Services, Portage la Prairie – Non-profit organization that provides services to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, survivors, and their families.
Email: cpcancerservices@shaw.ca
Website: www.centralplainscancercare.com
Phone: 204-857-6100

South Central Cancer Resource, Morden – Organization that educates and supports people with cancer.
Email: sccr@mymts.net
Website: www.sccr.mb.ca
Phone: 204-822-9541

Manitoba Breast Cancer Information & Support Directory – A list of resources and support groups available to people with breast cancer in Manitoba. www.wrha.mb.ca/community/bhc/files/Materials-Directory.pdf

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Breast Cancer Network, Inc. – Provides support to individuals with breast cancer through education, awareness, and partnerships.
Email: nbbcn@nbbcn.org

New Brunswick Breast & Women’s Cancers Partnership – Bilingual, non- profit organization that provides support and information to improve the quality of life among individuals with breast, ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers.
Email: nbwomenscancer@gmail.com
Phone: 1-506-858-8252 EXT 240

Newfoundland and Labrador

Atlantic Breast Cancer Net – Web-based community created by Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia to provide news and information to people with cancer.
Email: bcans@bcans.ca
Website: www.bcans.ca
Phone: 902-465-2685

Northwest Territories

NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group – Group of individuals promoting breast health awareness and providing support to those diagnosed with breast cancer in the North.
Email: info@breasthealthnwt.ca
Phone: 867-873-8089

Nova Scotia

Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia – Support group lead by breast cancer survivors and those who have a family member diagnosed with cancer.
Email: bcans@bcans.ca
Website: bcans.ca
Phone: 902-465-2685

Nunavut

NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group – Group of individuals promoting breast health awareness and providing support to those diagnosed with breast cancer in the North.
Email: info@breasthealthnwt.ca
Phone: 867-873-8089

Ontario

Action Kingston (BACK) – Centre that provides resources and information to people with breast cancer in Kingston and the surrounding area (Belleville to Brockville and points north).
Email: bcak@on.aibn.com
Website: bcakingston.ca
Phone: 613-531-7912

Breast Cancer Action Ottawa – Survivor driven organization that provides support to people affected by breast cancer in the Ottawa region.
Email: info@bcaott.ca
Website: bcaott.ca
Phone: 613-736-5921

Breast Cancer Action Coalition Sudbury – Information portal that offers a range of services to people in the Northeastern area of Ontario affected by breast cancer.
Email: breastnorth@hsnsudbury.ca
Phone: 705-522-6237 EXT 2700

Cancer Rehab and Survivorship Program – Program through Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Ontario that provides many services to people during and after cancer treatment.
Email: survivorship@uhn.ca
Website: www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret/PatientsFamilies/Clinics_Tests/Cancer_Rehab_Survivorship
Phone: 416 946 4501 EXT 2363

Ellicsr – Survivorship centre for anyone affected by cancer (patients, family, friends, and caregivers) that provides information, peer connection and support, resources, and classes.
Email: ellicsr@uhnresearch.ca
Website: www.ellicsr.ca
Phone: 416-581-8620

Gilda’s Club – Organization where anyone affected by cancer can be part of a community that aims to meet peoples social, emotional, and physical needs through an array of programs.
Email: info@gildasclubtoronto.org
Website: gildasclubtoronto.org
Phone: 416-214-9898

Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation – Foundation that helps and provides financial support to people diagnosed with breast cancer.
E-mail:  info@breastcancersnowrun.org
Website: www.kellyshiresfoundation.org
Phone: 1-877-436-6467

Ontario Breast Cancer Information Exchange Partnership – Group of organizations that work together to improve access to support and information for people with breast cancer and their families.
Email: admin.obcep@cancercare.on.ca
Phone: 416-351-3815

Pink Pearl Foundation – Charitable organization that provides support and connections between young women who are living with cancer across southern Ontario.
Email: info@pinkpearlfoundation.org
Website: www.pinkpearlfoundation.org

The Olive Branch of Hope – Non-profit organization founded by breast cancer survivors that provides support, education, and faith based support with a strong focus on individuals and families of African-Caribbean Heritage.
Email: olivebranch@theolivebranch.ca
Website: www.theolivebranch.ca
Phone: 416-256-3155

Wellsprings (Downtown Toronto, Brampton, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Oakville, London and region, Stratford, Niagara) - Network of community-based support centres that offer programs and services to meet the emotional, social, practical, and restorative needs of people living with cancer and their caregivers. Programs are also available for individuals in the LGBT community.

Downtown Toronto
Website: wellspring.ca/downtown-toronto
Phone: 416-961-1928

Brampton
Website: wellspring.ca/chinguacousy
Phone: 905-792-6480

Westerkirk House (Sunnybrook)
Website: wellspring.ca/westerkirk
Phone: 416-480-4440

Oakville
Website: wellspring.ca/birmingham
Phone: 905-257-1988

London and region
Website: wellspring.ca/london-region
Phone: 519-438-7379

Stratford
Website: wellspring.ca/stratford
Phone: 519-271-2232

Niagara
Website: wellspring.ca/niagara
Phone: 905-684-7619 or 1-888-207-1277

Prince Edward Island (PEI)

Prince Edward Island - Breast Cancer Information Partnership – Group of volunteers who provide easy, accessible, reliable, and up-to-date information about screening, treatment, and follow-up to people with breast cancer.
Email: info@pei.cancer.ca
Website: www.peibcip.ca
Phone: 902-566-1713

Quebec

Breast Cancer Action Montreal – Non-profit advocacy group directed by individuals affected by breast cancer who are committed to erasing the disease.
Email: info@bcam.qc.ca
Website: www.bcam.qc.ca
Phone: 514-483-1846

Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation – Charity dedicated to providing assistant to individuals with breast cancer, supporting medical research, and spreading awareness and education on breast cancer.
Email: info@rubanrose.org
Website: rubanrose.org
Phone: 514-871-1717

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Connect – Non-profit organization that connects, educates, and supports breast cancer patients in Saskatchewan.
Email: saskbreastcancerconnect@hotmail.com
Website: www.saskbreastcancerconnect.org
Phone: 306-790-9732

Yukon

NWT Breast Health/Breast Cancer Action Group – Group of individuals promoting breast health awareness and providing support to those diagnosed with breast cancer in the North.
Email: info@breasthealthnwt.ca
Phone: 867-873-8089

Fertility Funding in Canada

These are fertility funding resources available in Canada. Learn about funding by province on our Cost of fertility preservation page.

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