There is no right or wrong way to feel after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Every woman is unique. Some people are comfortable talking about their diagnosis and asking for help, while others prefer not to share the information widely.
You may choose to turn to family and friends, co-workers, your faith or other community groups for support. Others have reported it helpful to speak to someone who has survived breast cancer. Remember, how you decide to share the news and the type of support you need is entirely up to you.
The BC Cancer Agency's Vancouver Island Centre in Victoria offers a variety of supportive care programs through their Patient & Family Counselling Services. You can access most of these services at any time after your diagnosis. These include:
- Individual and Family Counselling
- Relaxation Support Group for Patients and Families
- Children's Support Groups
- Therapeutic Touch Volunteer Clinic
- Young Women's Drop-In Support Group (age 45 and under)
- Women's Metastatic Cancer Support Group
- Women's Life After Cancer Group
Call the Canadian Cancer Society's Cancer Information Service at 1.888.939.3333 to find a support group in your community
This program matches you with a trained volunteer who has had a similar cancer experience. This program is for adults only. Call 1.888.939.3333 to get connected.
- Vancouver Island Cancer Centre
Offers professional patient & family counselling at no cost. In Victoria call 250-519-5525. For outside Victoria call toll-free 1.800.670.3322.
- Cancerchat Canada
Online support groups are available to Canadians who have been diagnosed with cancer and their family and friends who are caring for them.
General Information on Emotional Support for Breast Cancer
Please contact Patient & Family Counselling at (250) 519-5525 in Victoria or 1.800.670.3322 outside of Victoria for more information.