Resources

Whether you are looking for a book about nutrition, an attractive wig, advice on navigating the Internet or workshops and information sessions to help you live with cancer, chances are, we have the resources you need.

For our weekly calendar of activities offered by Hope & Cope during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here

Additional Internet Resources

  • This website is intended for people in Canada living with cancer, caregivers, their families, and anyone else affected by cancer: https://covid19oncologyresources.ca/
  • Listen in as McGill’s leading cancer experts discuss Cancer in a COVID-19 World: McGill webcast
  • In this webcast, Infectious Diseases specialist Dr. Donald Vinh provides a brief overview of COVID-19 and factors associated with risk of severe disease. He then answers selected questions from audience members: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society webcast

Healing @ Home Empowerment Series during the COVID-19 lockdown, Sundays, beginning March 29th (7 p.m. EST)

Dr. Rob Rutledge, a Halifax based radiation oncologist, and Psychology Professor Gabriela Ilie will be hosting this Videoconferencing Cancer Support Group (in English) every Sunday evening for six weeks. Topics will include Integrative Cancer Care, Mind-Body Healing Techniques, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Connection while at Home.

Join by zoom videoconference from home (or call in by telephone to listen in) for an hour of learning, practice and connection.

Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/848516048 or go to www.zoom.us and ‘Join Meeting’ using 848 516 048

  • Meditation: Lynn Wachman, nurse and Wellness Coach, is offering twice daily meditation classes and a bilingual relaxation class on-line through the Zoom platform. Join Lynn to discover the many benefits of meditation, including peace of mind and improved immune system: stress relief
  • Essentrics is a full-body stretching and strengthening program designed to decompress joints and rebalance and lengthen your muscles: https://www.facebook.com/ClassicalStretch/
  • Yoga is a great stress reliever. Virtual yoga studios : https://lp.ca/2fcQDZ

Hope & Cope’s 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 almost 40 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. Focus on the Future is a six-week workshop (sessions held weekly) designed to help patients move forward with confidence after treatment. 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 a series of three booklets on talking to children about cancer. This great new Hope & Cope resource is geared towards young families in which a parent has cancer.  You can download your copies here. For more information, please contact Sandy Lipkus, En famille coordinator, 514 340-8222, ext. 22591, slipkus@jgh.mcgill.ca 

Talking to Children about Cancer

Talking to Children about Advanced Cancer

Talking to Children about the Loss of a Loved One

Annual Review

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

JGH Insider is 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.

 

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

 

 

 

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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