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Patient Resource Kit

Helpful Organizations

Here is a list of different organizations that you may refer to for different kinds of services, ranging from documentation and emotional support to lectures and other informative resources. They are available in certain regions of Québec, enumerated in the following section of support resource listings. Please note that you may need a referral from your doctor, nurse or social worker to be eligible for certain services.

Canadian Cancer Society
For general information, call 1-888-939-3333.

Provides:

  • Information, educational materials and lectures
  • Voluntary one-on-one support or group interventions
  • Support programs
  • Transportation subsidies, which may be available for travel to treatments in certain low-income situations
  • Lodging for out-of-town patients during treatments plus transportation to treatment centres available for residents (some fees may be applied)

Fondation Québécoise du Cancer
Call Info-cancer at 1-800-363-0063.
www.fqc.qc.ca

It offers:

  • Bilingual services free or at little cost; group support and information for men with prostate cancer and their families in Trois-Rivieres (819 693-4242)
  • Massage therapy, art therapy and kinesiology (Adapted Physical Activity) available in Montreal, Quebec, Estrie, Outaouais and Mauricie
  • Info Services for people with cancer and their relatives: nurses on the line, loan documentation, telephone support with a volunteer who has been touched by cancer
  • Accommodation in Montreal, Sherbrooke, Gatineau and Trois-Rivières forcancer patients  and their relatives should be closer to treatment

Your local CLSC

To find the CLSC closest to you, dial 514-931-1448 or check the telephone directory and have your postal code on hand. These clinics supply:

  • Medical and psychosocial counselling
  • Transportation
  • Homemaker services (some fees may apply)

L’Association du Cancer de l’Est du Québec

This association offers its services in the following regions:

  • Bas St-Laurent (Lower St-Lawrence Valley)
  • Côte-Nord (North Shore)
  • Gaspésie (The Gaspé Peninsula)
  • Iles-de-la-Madeleine (Madeleine Islands)

Its range of services for patients with cancer and family members consists of:

  • Documentation
  • Group meetings where people can share their own experiences
  • Information meetings lead by professionals
  • Workshops
  • Lodging
  • Help from a social worker
  • Referrals to Perce-Neige, an organization where volunteers are available for support through phone calls or visits, help for treatments, consultation, and references to other resources.

For more information on Perce-Neige:
Phone number: 1-800-463-0806
E-mail address: lfallu@aceq.org

Fédération des Centres d’Action Bénévole (CAB) du Québec

  • Available in certain regions
  • Made up of volunteers
  • Provides support
For more information about the different Centres call : 514-243-6312 (Montreal & surrounding area) 1-800-715-7515 (elsewhere in Quebec)

Québec Association of Palliative Care

Palliative care is a term that encompasses all the specialized active care offered to patients suffering from a progressive disease that is deemed no longer curable and that is usually in a more advanced stage. The care administered to patients focuses on quality of life, physical well-being, alleviation of distressing symptoms such as pain management, and addresses psychological, spiritual and moral, social and financial needs. Support systems are also available to accompany relatives and friends during the illness and bereavement. Le Réseau de soins palliatifs du Québec provides a list of institutions that offer palliative care, found at: www.aqsp.org