A few examples of investments made by the Foundation that you can benefit from in your area are given below.
Because lymphedema affects one in four breast cancer patients and survivors, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation considers it crucial to take action for the prevention and treatment of lymphedema. For instance, the Foundation contributes to physiotherapy services offered in Montréal and Québec City to post-breast cancer lymphedema patients. Similar services are offered in hospitals located in other parts of the province. We suggest that you talk to your oncologist or pivot nurse for details about services available at your health facility.
Thanks to your donations, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation was able to make a contribution to the founding of the Lymphedema Support Centre of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. The $1.5 million contributed by the Foundation is making it possible for a greater number of women who have been affected by and who have survived breast cancer to receive better care for lymphedema.
The Lymphedema Support Centre of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation was inaugurated on February 1, 2015 at the new McGill University Health Centre located at 5252 de Maisonneuve Boulevard in Montréal. This is the only medical centre in Quebec that specializes in the treatment evaluation of lymphedema. The team offers evaluation, consultation and referral services not only to MUHC patients, but to anyone living in Quebec who is suffering from breast cancer and is affected by primary or secondary lymphedema.
If you are a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer, and either have questions on lymphedema or are living with a secondary lymphedema, we recommend that you discuss your options with your medical team.
Anyone being treated for breast cancer who is at risk of having or has lymphedema may obtain a doctor’s referral to the Lymphedema Support Centre of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, by fax at 514 489-2178.
In Québec City
From 2012 to 2015, thanks to a contribution from the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, the Centre des Maladies du sein Deschênes-Fabia had a full-time physiotherapist at the disposal of women with breast cancer-related lymphedema. The role of the physiotherapist is to assess, at the request of a physician from the Centre des Maladies du sein, the patient’s postoperative physical condition and to determine if a personalized physiotherapy program is necessary. Following the assessment, patients in need may receive from eight to twelve physiotherapy sessions free of charge. For more information on the physiotherapy service, visit centredesmaladiesdusein.ca (French only).
Lymphedema is brought about by a compromised lymphatic system and is characterized by the painful swelling, usually of an arm or a leg, caused by the inability of the lymphatic system to adequately drain the fluids and proteins. The swelling may cause the patient to feel a stiffness or heaviness in the arm, as well as pain. If not treated promptly, the loss of mobility in the limb could also lead to disability and psychological distress in the patient.
Lymphedema occurs in people who have undergone surgery or radiotherapy, and mainly in breast cancer patients. In some cases, it may take several years to manifest after treatment. Moreover, it is an incurable disorder, which is why it is crucial that preventative and awareness-raising measures are put in place to promote early diagnosis.
To learn more about lymphedema and preventing sequelae:
To obtain lymphedema-related financial assistance:
- Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec
- Financial Assistance Program of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation
Many studies have shown the benefits of physical activity on all forms of cancer. However some patients become inactive after diagnosis due to exhaustion during and after treatment. Some may wish to resume activity but experience obstacles such as reduced muscle strength, lack of training centres adapted to their needs, lack of resources, lack of motivation, information and/or time. To help women with breast cancer reclaim a high quality of life, maximize the effectiveness of medication and reduce side effects of treatment, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation concluded that it is important to invest in this form of complementary treatment.
Women with breast cancer from the Montréal area can take advantage of the services of a kinesiologist specialized in oncology through the “Bougez pour la vie” program. Set in a fun, relaxed environment, the program allows women treated for breast cancer to:
- do private and group workouts;
- receive lifestyle and fitness counselling;
- attend workshops on physical activity.
For more information about this service:
In Québec City
An exercise program designed as a complementary quality-of-life therapy for women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer is currently available at Centre des Maladies du sein Deschênes-Fabia, thanks to a financial contribution made by the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. Group and/or individual sessions led by a certified kinesiologist are available.
Within this program, you can:
- maintain or improve your quality of life during treatment;
- increase your motivation to exercise;
- reduce the intensity of treatment side effects;
- facilitate your return to normal life after treatment;
- learn how to integrate an exercise routine into your daily life.
For more information about this service:
Centre des Maladies du sein Deschênes-Fabia, CHU de Québec
1050 Sainte-Foy Road
Phone: 418 681-7511, ext. 4938
Support for Families with a High Risk of Developing Breast Cancer: Quebec City, Montreal, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean and Bas-St-Laurent (in Partnership)
Réseau ROSE (Ressources en oncogénétique pour le soutien et l’éducation des familles à risque de cancer du sein; Oncology Resource for the Support and Education of families at risk of breast cancer) aims to meet the needs of people with a hereditary predisposition to breast cancer. These services are intended for patients who are, or who have been in consultation with the oncogenetics department and are present in Capitale-Nationale, Montreal, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean and Bas-St-Laurent regions.
Services offered :
- Individual psychosocial support with a social worker,
- Group support on various topics,
- Accompaniment by peers,
- Info-Partage evening on related topics,
- Documentation center.
For more information about this service: www.reseaurose.ca
Phone: 418 682-7511, ext. 4621
The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is proud to have contributed to support services provided to women with breast cancer in the Gaspé region, through an investment in the Organisme gaspésien des personnes atteintes de cancer (OGPAC).
OGPAC’s mission consists in improving the well-being of people affected by cancer and of their loved ones, at every stage of the disease. Services are available mainly in the regional municipalities of Avignon and Bonaventure.
A variety of services such as the following are available: support and guidance, home visits within the region, assistance in filling out forms, get-together over coffee, wellness days, seminars and various support workshops.
For more information on the services offered:
49 Perron Blvd. East
Phone: 418 759-5050 or 1 888 924-5050
Rimouski and Bas-St-Laurent
The Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec wellness centre is open since 2014 thanks to a contribution made by the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. This centre is a humane response to the needs of the constantly increasing number of people dealing with breast cancer in the regions of Bas-St-Laurent, Côte-Nord and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
Several areas in this new centre have been set up to welcome hundreds of women and their loved ones. The following are examples of services provided in Rimouski: massage, visualization, small group and art therapy workshops. An outdoor terrace called Foundation’s Pink Space is also available. The place and its name evoke a feeling of serenity and softness.
As of 2015, another subsidy from the Foundation made it possible to extend the range of services being offered and to deploy new services intended in particular to women diagnosed with breast cancer living in eastern Quebec.
Specifically, the following is available:
- Rimouski, Amqui, Matane : art therapy workshops given by a licenced art therapist;
- Virtual conference on sexuality : "Cancer et sexualité au féminin";
- Several regions of eastern Quebec: a service in oncology massotherapy.
To learn more about these services:
Free massotherapy in Montreal, Quebec, Trois-Rivieres, Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Laval, Laurentians, Abitibi and Rimouski
Oncology massotherapy is a complementary approach, adapted to the client’s state of health, the type of cancer, the stage of the disease, as well as the treatment undergone. Massotherapy provides mental as well as physical relaxation.
Since 2014, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is proud to support the Fédération québécoise des massothérapeutes agréés to improve the low cost (10$) oncology massotherapy offer for women with breast cancer in several regions of Quebec.
To learn more :
Fédération du mouvement Albatros du Québec (FMAQ) is a charitable organization focusing on palliative care. It is comprised of local Albatros chapters in Quebec.
The FMAQ offers complementary services as well as palliative care volunteer training. Albatros volunteers accompany people with serious illnesses and those in palliative care. This service can be provided at home, or in a hospital and hospice setting.
Albatros volunteers are trained to provide a beneficial presence, to listen to patients, and help make life as comfortable as possible until the end. They also provide support for loved ones before and after a person’s passing. The organization offers a basic 36-hour training program as well as continuous training and programs designed specifically for palliative care units. Training programs are open to anyone interested, including healthcare professionals.
For more information on training programs or to inquire about complementary services, contact:
Fédération du mouvement Albatros du Québec
2830 des Forges Blvd.
Phone: 819 375-8533
The Caregiver Network (TCN) has developed a free series of webinar intended to help the partners or spouses of affected women support them through breast or ovarian cancer. The series is organized by The Caregiver Network (TCN) in partnership with Willow - Breast and Hereditary Cancer Support, with the financial support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation and Astra Zeneca. Led by health professionals, the webinars explore the following topics :
The CHUM has developed a tool to support the decision-making process when it comes to breast reconstruction.
In addition to the learning sessions available to CHUM patients at the pre-admission clinic for women and their families since mid-October 2015, fact sheets and video capsules are also available for everyone (French only).
Premières réflexions suite à une mastectomie
Opérations et séjour à l'hôpital
Trucs et Astuces
La vie après ma décision
Downloadable PDFs fact sheets (French Only)