Resources

Whether you are looking for a book about nutrition, an attractive wig, advice on navigating the Internet or lectures on the latest information about cancer, chances are, we have the resources you need.

iThrive Program

A guide to comprehensive therapies

Is it possible to thrive while you have cancer? Absolutely! iThrive is a small booklet packed with lots of useful information about the many complementary therapies available at Hope & Cope and at the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre. Choose what interests you and take that first step towards wellness! Download the iThrive booklet. PDF

Resource Room

Helping you look and feel your best

Hope & Cope’s resource room is stocked with a variety of fashionable wigs and other head coverings, mastectomy bras and prostheses. Volunteers with our HC-ressources-wigsOffice Team can help you choose a style that suits you best. The Look Good, Feel Better Program is another resource that we offer in conjunction with a group of volunteer cosmeticians. Held monthly, these workshops teach women simple cosmetic techniques to camouflage hair loss and manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Thanks to the generosity of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, participants leave these workshops with a kit of free cosmetics and with renewed self-esteem.

Sharing knowledge

Reliable information at your fingertips

Education has always been an essential pillar of Hope & Cope. This was important 34 years ago, when cancer-related information geared to the general public was hard to find, and it is even more important in our digital age, where there is a glut of information yet not all of it is reliable or credible. Throughout the year, we offer interesting and informative free public lectures given by experts in their respective fields. Topics include basic medical information for cancer patients, basic nutrition for cancer patients, ask the pharmacist and know your rights. Additional lectures and seminars cover the latest information about specific cancers, with updates about prevention, research and treatment options. Our Annual Cancer Survivorship Day, held each June, is a celebration that features inspirational guest speakers followed by a dessert reception. Take Charge of your Life after Cancer is a one-day workshop designed for patients who have finished their treatments but are having difficulty moving forward. Dealing with the fear of recurrence and living a healthy lifestyle are just some of the topics addressed in this informative workshop.

Breast and bone health

Bone loss can be a side effect of certain types of breast cancer treatment. From 2014 to 2017, Hope & Cope and the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital partnered with the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation to promote bone health in women treated for breast cancer. A wide variety of practical tools to preserve bone health can be downloaded free of charge from a new web site created to share this important information: breast and bone health

Patient information videos are available for viewing on Hope & Cope YouTube

On-Site Library

Library Services

Hope & Cope has a collection of over 2000 books, DVDs and pamphlets in its main office, located on the 7th floor of the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre, Pavilion E-730.1. HC-resources-booksItems can be borrowed for up to one month at a time. For more information please call 514 340-8255. The Hope & Cope collections are placed on the shelves alphabetically, and separated by their division. The division is marked in bold following the book title. To search our catalogue please visit the JGH Health Sciences Library Patient and Family Resource Centre.

Generalized topics include:

  • Alternative/Complementary medicine
  • Bereavement, including material for children.
  • Caregiving
  • Coping
  • Harriet Robins Humour Library
  • Intimacy and sexuality
  • Narratives and personal stories
  • Nutrition, including cookbooks and recipes
  • Palliative care

New books, June 2016 Nouveaux titres

Publications

We are pleased to introduce The JGH Insider, a collaborative venture between the JGH Foundation, Hope & Cope, the JGH Auxiliary, the Lady Davis Institute (research) and the Jewish General Hospital. What you will find in the pages of this new magazine, published in the spring and the fall, is a collection of stories about the exceptional physicians, researchers, nurses, allied health professionals, support staff and volunteers who go above and beyond what is expected of them to provide the best possible care with dignity and compassion.

Our Hope & Cope Year in Review newsletter highlights the compassionate community and the innovative programs that make Hope & Cope such a special place.

Yesterday was the fourth survivorship day conference that we have attended. Both my husband and I agree that this was by far the best one. Not once did we look at the clock. We were captivated from beginning to end. I want to thank you, especially as my husband was diagnosed with cancer two months ago. He walked away from this conference with a positive feeling.

Marcella and Robbie

iThrive booklet

Download the iThrive booklet.

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#NationalVolunteerWeek [TBT] From a small group of 10 volunteers when Hope & Cope opened in 1981, we have grown dramatically over the years. Our volunteer body now counts 460 volunteers who bring their heart, skills and compassion to their work.

À partir du petit groupe des10 bénévoles qui, à l’origine, ont fondé L’espoir, c’est la vie en 1981, nous nous sommes développés de façon spectaculaire, au cours des années. Nous comptons maintenant 460 bénévoles qui mettent leur coeur, leurs habiletés et leur compassion au service de leur travail.
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#NationalVolunteerWeek Volunteers Barbara Hops and Mariam Bowen are hard at work planning Hope & Cope's Annual Cancer Survivorship Day, which, this year, will take place on June 19th and feature guest speaker Susan Wener. Stay tuned for more details!

Notre Journée annuelle de la survie aura lieu le 19 juin. Conférencière invitée : Susan Wener. Détails à suivre.
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"The volunteers at the Wellness Centre are the spirit of the Centre. They inspire participants to live life at its best. They are a great source of inspiration for the participants and for us."
- Sophie Blondin, Coordinator of Education and Support Programs, Hope & Cope Wellness Centre

"Les bénévoles du Centre de bien-être incarnent l’esprit même du Centre. Pour les participants, ils sont la source d’inspiration qui leur permet de vivre leur vie à son meilleur. Ils nous inspirent tous, tant les participants que nous-mêmes."
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"The volunteers at the Wellness Centre are the spirit of the Centre. They inspire participants to live life at its best. They are a great source of inspiration for the participants and for us."
- Sophie Blondin, Coordinator of Education and Support Programs, Hope & Cope Wellness Centre

"Les bénévoles du Centre de bien-être incarnent l’esprit même du Centre. Pour les participants, ils sont la source d’inspiration qui leur permet de vivre leur vie à son meilleur. Ils nous inspirent tous, tant les participants que nous-mêmes."
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“I get so much more than I give.” That’s the answer we often hear when we ask our volunteers what motivates them to give their time to Hope & Cope. Compassionate, wise, knowledgable, creative and caring, our volunteers are the BEST! Thank you on behalf of the staff as well as the patients and caregivers whose lives you touch in ways too numerous to count!

“Je reçois tellement plus que ce que je donne.” C’est la réponse que nous entendons bien souvent quand nous demandons à nos bénévoles ce qui les motive à donner de leur temps à L’espoir, c’est la vie. Compatissants, pleins de sagesse et de savoir, créatifs et prévenants, nos bénévoles sont les MEILLEURS! Grand merci de la part du personnel, des patients et des aidants dont vous avez changé la vie de toutes sortes de manières, trop longues à énumérer ici!
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The doctors, nurses, orderlies and Hope & Cope volunteers interact in harmony to provide a separate world within this hospital. An oasis filled with warmth, respect and thoughtfulness beyond mere words.  A world providing a constant calm, soothing, safe atmosphere where the patients and their final wishes fully matter 24/7.

Donna