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Breast Cancer is not always pink

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November 27, 2018

While 6 500 people are diagnosed with cancer every year, 4 people die every day despite current scientific and medical advances.

 

We are generally aware of the harsh reality of treatment for those affected. However, very few people know that the period following treatment is a long and arduous process, which presents many great challenges for the entire family. The chapter opened with the diagnosis of breast cancer does not close after treatment. The period called survival is a period of redefinition of one self, values and lifestyle and often of the couple. The physical, emotional and financial consequences are numerous and too often irreversible.

For several years now, the Foundation has been committed to offering support to the entire family by addressing the various issues that cause significant anguish for those affected.

Your contribution helps us meet these challenges. The monthly donation campaign is a way to reaffirm your commitment to support a loved one, a spouse, a family member, or a person who is currently experiencing the same challenges as you have. Together we make a difference.


Financial precariousness - the harsh reality!

While the government offers 15 weeks of employment insurance, the recommended work interruption for a woman with breast cancer is 52 weeks on average

Help us ease their difficulties

We help them with:

  • Our financial aid programs 
  • Our support line
  • Free access for the family to medical services through our Virtual Clinic
  • Free access to our My Active Health physical activity program specially adapted by our kinesiologist specialized in oncology.
  • A private Facebook exchange space for affected people.
  • The development of a psychological support program adapted to breast cancer.
  • The development of various services offered free of charge through our partners such as the Regain Clinic, the PAROLE-Onco program, Hope & Cope, etc.
  • Resource centre, accessible on our website, newsletters, video clips, webinars and blog.
  • Patient advocacy programs

From anxiety to depression

56 % of people who have had cancer experience emotional distress and anxiety. More than 40 % will suffer from major depression. 

We help them with:

  • Our specialized nurse who answers the support line
  • Our Virtual Clinic - Access to medical services for the family
  • The development of a psychological support service
  • Parole-Onco: deployment of a Patient Support Worker program in the regions and underprivileged communities.
  • Our specialized oncology training program for yoga teachers
  • Yoga classes, free of charge by the Foundation to affected people
  • Quality information thanks to the specialists who speak at our Forum, at our conferences in companies, in information capsules and on our social media.
  • A My Active Health physical activity program specially adapted by our kinesiologist specialized in oncology.
  • Be part of a community by getting involved with the Foundation as an ambassador, volunteer, speaker.
  • Resource centre, accessible on our website, newsletter, video clips, webinar and blog.

Side effects of treatments - severe memory problems  

Up to 75 % of people who have had breast cancer suffer from severe memory problems and cognitive dysfunction due to the toxic effects of cancer treatments. 

(Source : source: Wefel J.S. et al  Chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction.  Curr. Neurol Neurosci. Rep., 2012;12:267-275)

Help us fund chemo brain research and relieve their distress

We support them through:

  • Funding for the "Multidimensional Intervention Pilot Project for Women with Cognitive Impairment Associated with Oncology Treatment (chemo brain)", Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital
  • Our specialized nurse who answers the support line
  • The development of a psychological support service
  • Quality information on the side effects of treatments thanks to the specialists who speak at our Forum, at our conferences in companies, in information capsules and on our social media.
  • The development of a support program for the return to work
  • Be part of a community by getting involved with the Foundation as an ambassador, volunteer, speaker.
  • Resource centre, accessible on our website, newsletters, video clips, webinars and blog.

The couple's life put to the test

50 % of couples affected by breast cancer have experienced sexual problems.

(SourceMcLaughlin, S.A., Cornell, L.F. & Mussallem, D.M. Sexual Function and Breast-Specific Sensuality Remain Important After Breast Cancer Surgery Ann Surg Oncol, 2017,24: 3475)

We support them through:

  • Our oncology nurse who can advise on physiological issues related to sexuality, among other things.
  • Our telephone service to advise the couple during palliative care.
  • Referral to specialized services – couple’s relationship and sexuality
  • Our support line - available to spouses
  • The development of a support program for relatives
  • The Pink Tour – a collective movement to encourages regular physical activity for couples and families.
  • Quality information thanks to the specialists who attend our Forum, corporate conferences, in information video clips and on our social media platforms.
  • A private Facebook exchange space for affected people.
  • Resource centre, accessible on our website, newsletter, video clips, webinar and blog.

 


Children suffer in silence

This year, more than 4,000 children will be told their mothers have breast cancer.

Help us develop a psychological support service and accompaniment program for children

We support them through:

  • Our specialized nurse who answers the support line
  • Our Virtual Clinic - Access to medical and psychological services for the family
  • The development of a psychological support and accompaniment program for children.
  • Quality information on the side effects of treatments thanks to the specialists who speak at our Forum, at our conferences in companies, in information capsules and on our social media.
  • A private Facebook exchange space for affected people.
  • The Pink Tour- a collective movement to encourages regular physical activity for families.
  • Encourage your children to take part in the youth Pink Tour movement.
  • Quality information thanks to the specialists who attend our Forum, corporate conferences, in information video clips and on our social media platforms.

Isolation tightens like a vice

86% of people with the disease feel alone in the face of the challenge and need to share to break the isolation.

Help us to break the isolation

We support them through:

  • Breast Cancer Forum - a unique opportunity to meet and interact with people with similar experiences.
  • Our specialized nurse who answers the support line
  • Be part of a community through our My Active Health physical activity program led by our kinesiologist specialized in oncology - a private Facebook group, video clips, an application, events, and a retreat for those affected.
  • The Pink Tour- a collective movement to encourages regular physical activity between friends and families.
  • The ability to be part of a supportive community and to meet and connect.
  • The opportunity to get involved in the PAROLE - Onco -  deployment of the patient accompanist program in the regions and in underprivileged communities.
  • A private Facebook exchange space hosted by our nurse for those affected.
  • Be part of a community by getting involved with the Foundation as an ambassador, volunteer, speaker.
  • Resource centre, accessible on our website, newsletters, video clips, webinar and blog