Resources and support are available to breast cancer patients residing in the KINGSTON and SOUTHEAST ONTARIO area and to those from other areas who are receiving treatment at the Cancer Centre at KGH.
At or Through BCAK:
Support Services: Groups are led by trained facilitators who are breast cancer survivors themselves.
* Regular Support Group: Meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at our office from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
* One-on-One Support: Available at any time. Call the new support line 613 331-6652 to be put in touch with a facilitator.
* Lymphedema Support: For those with lymphedema secondary to breast cancer or who want to find ways to help prevent or minimize this condition. Call the office to be put in touch with a facilitator.
Exercise and other fitness classes (with membership):
* Chestmates dragon boat team, (opportunity to paddle with membership)
* Yoga classes (with membership)
In-house Resource Centre
BCAK Monthly Newsletter
Prosthesis, bra, wig and turban bank
Crocheted hats and knitted titty-bitties (to pin inside your bra, camisole or swimsuit)
Canadian Breast Cancer Network
331 Cooper St. Suite 602, Ottawa, Ontario Canada K2P 0G5
The Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) is Canada's leading patient-directed organization of individuals concerned about breast cancer. CBCN strives to voice the views and concerns of breast cancer patients through education, advocacy activities, and the promotion of information sharing.
Education and Information – CBCN provides credible breast cancer related information and education to those affected by breast cancer.
Advocacy – CBCN promotes equitable access to support and care throughout the breast cancer experience to ensure the best quality of life. CBCN also ensures that the issues affecting breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families inform health care policy and guide research.
National Network – CBCN connects groups and individuals to promote information exchange and collaboration.
Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario at KGH
All services available at (613) 544-2631 plus extension listed below
Social Workers and Dietitians: offer counselling and support. Ask a member of your cancer care team for a consult or call Ext. 7305
Familial oncology program: Ext 2800. Offers counselling for women/men with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer. A referral from your family doctor or oncologist is required.
Community resources desk and patient information area on Burr 1: Information available on all types of cancer for patients, their families and the public.
Look Good… Feel Better Program: Contact: (613)549-6666 Ext 7480, please, pre-register. Workshops are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Cancer Centre on Burr 0, Supportive Care area. Free workshops provide information on skin care, make-up and wigs.
Cancer Care South East
Cancer Care South East is brought to you by cancer care experts, patients and families from across South East Ontario. It is a place for us to share news, information and resources about cancer care.
On this website you will find information and services that can help you prevent cancer or find cancer early, when it is most treatable. You will also find information about testing for cancer, cancer treatment and follow up care. Be sure to explore our online resource library, which gives you access to hundreds of credible tools, books, videos and websites for every stage of your cancer journey.
South East Regional Cancer Program
The South East Regional Cancer Program oversees the quality and delivery of cancer services for the residents of Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington, Frontenac, Leeds and Grenville counties, Kingston, Belleville, Brockville, Smiths Falls, Prescott and parts of Lanark and Northumberland counties.
Canadian Cancer Society
Cancer Information Service for Ontario: Reliable up to date information on all types of cancer for cancer patients, caregivers, family and friends. Various publications available for download from their website.
1-800-268-8874 (Monday – Friday).
Peer Support: Callers can be connected with a volunteer who has had a similar cancer experience.
Kingston Office: Volunteers provide information for patients. Covers Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and also Leeds and Grenville counties. 613-384-2631. located at 496 Days Road, Kingston K7P 2X1.
Wheels of Hope: Volunteer drivers can be called upon to provide drives for cancer patients to their treatment appointments. 1-800-263-6750
Nanny Angel Network: The Nanny Angel Network is a registered charity created to lessen the impact of cancer on families. We do this by providing families with free, specialized in-home childcare support, virtual support programs and a meal program. Our hope is to provide families with time to rest, recover and to access treatment while providing children with the coping tools and play opportunities they need to build resilience in the face of their parent’s cancer diagnosis.
Web Site www.nannyangelnetwork.com
Breast Assessment Program: Team members provide supportive care to clients throughout their cancer journey from imaging through to diagnosis, surgery, adjuvant therapy and survivorship, Hotel Dieu Hospital - Johnson 2, Room 267, (613) 544-3400, Ext. 3434.
Nurse Navigators are available for clients and their families through a telephone nursing line,
(613) 544-3400, Ext 3449.
Ontario Breast Screening Program
The Ontario Breast Screen Program (OBSP) provides information on breast self-examination and screening via mammography (x-rays of breast tissue) for women over 50 years and older who have not been previously diagnosed as having breast cancer. Women who receive normal results are automatically recalled for their next screening appointment. For more information visit: Cancer Care Ontario - Ontario Breast Screen Program https://www.cancercareontario.ca/en/cancer-care-ontario/programs/screening-programs/ontario-breast-obsp
OBSP - Kingston Region Contact:
Phone Numbers: 613-384-4284
Address: c/o Kingston Health Sciences Centre
490 Discovery Ave Unit 5
Kingston, ON K7K 7E9
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dense Breasts Canada: Dense Breasts Canada (DBC) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2016. DBC is made up of breast cancer survivors and healthcare professionals dedicated to: raising awareness about the risks associated with dense breasts and advocating for breast density notification and optimal breast cancer screening.
Dense Breasts Canada and women’s health advocates across Canada have teamed up to launch mybreastscreening.ca in order to educate and empower women when it comes to their breast screening. When women are empowered with accurate, current, relevant information they can make the best decisions for their health.
What are the goals of mybreastscreening.ca?
To provide information about provincial breast screening policies so women can be proactive about their breast health, navigate their provincial screening program and use their voice in their health-care decisions.
The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network will work to ensure that:
Patients and survivors will easily access tools to understand decision making processes for positive change on issues critical to optimal patient care.
Patients and survivors will be supported to make a difference through working with others to take action on those issues.
Patients and survivors will obtain current knowledge about cancer treatment, options, and outcomes and be able to work together to end disparities in patient care and treatment.
A network of patients, survivors, friends, families, community partners and sponsors will work together taking action to promote the very best standard of care, support, follow up and quality of life for patients and survivors.
Hospice Kingston: Provides information and support for individuals and families dealing with a life-limiting illness. Offers enhanced services in the area of palliative care; facilitators are available.
Client day program - Wednesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Rides are available for client program or appointments. Also offers bereavement support services, including trained volunteers who offer one-on-one and group support.
613-542-5013 36 Barrie St, Kingston, ON, K7K 1B8 www.hospicekingston.ca
Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Libraries: Library books on breast cancer and related topics in each of the branches of the KFL&A Public Libraries
Southeastern Community Care Access Centre (CCAC): Provide professional and support services in the home and general information on community resources. Palliative care and supportive housing, retirement homes and assisted living. Care manager assesses individual needs for admission to the program.
Kingston Office 1471 John Counter Blvd, Suite 200 613-544-7090 or 1-800-869-8828
Selby Office 613-388-2488 / Northbrook Office 613-336-8310
Breast Buds is a platform to connect those affected by Breast Cancer to necessary resources, including our peer-to-peer network, our patient aftercare support platform, pre and post-surgical resources, and more!
Breast Cancer News & Views - for Survivors and Sufferers by Leda Raptis
Area Support Groups
Brockville Breast Cancer Support Group : 1-888-939-3333 (Mon – Fri 9 am – 7 pm)
firstname.lastname@example.org Meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Chapel Room, Royal Brock Retirement Living, 100 Stewart Blvd, Brockville (access to parking lot from Perth Rd or Stewart Blvd)
In the Pink Support Group 613-572-1368 (Ann Elvins) or 613-214-1329 (Kim Amey)
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 12 noon for lunch and a meeting (Sept to May)
Riverside United Church, 2 Mill St, Yarker (accessible venue)
Perth & District Breast Cancer Support Group Butterfly Fan Club 613-812-4474 Contact Carleen for information
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month except July and August from 7 to 9 p.m.
Perth Family Health Centre, 33 Lewis St, Perth
Financial Support Services
Breast Cancer Action Kingston Financial Support Program To be redirected, click here.
Application forms are available for download. Alternatively, please call our office 613-531-7912 for information and/or to request an application form.
Forms are available online or at BCAK for those without access to a computer.
Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation 1-877-436-6467 www.kellyshiresfoundation.org
Shine Through the Rain Foundation
Toll free: 1-866-753-0303
Emergency payments available to help those affected by life threatening conditions
Contact your social worker as applications for this assistance are to be remitted by them on your behalf
Private Insurance Plans and Extended Health Benefits
Contact your insurance company and/or employer for your coverage details
Assistive Devices Program (ADP)
The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) helps people with long-term physical disabilities pay for customized equipment, like wheelchairs and hearing aids.
The ADP also helps cover the cost of specialized supplies, such as breast prostheses.
To qualify, you must:
be an Ontario resident
have a valid Ontario health card
have a disability requiring the equipment or supplies for six months or longer
We do not consider your income.
Assists with costs of breast prostheses and lymphedema compression garments
Forms are available online or at BCAK for those without access to a computer
Ontario Drug Benefit Plan Section 8
For costs associated with drug costs not on the ODB Formulary (excluding those on Special Drug Plan)
Contact your oncologist for a written request
Ontario Trillium Drug Plan
For those who are eligible, offers co-payment option for drug costs.
Contact your pharmacist for information
Wigs, Turbans and Hair Styling, Specialized Clothing
All Hair Alternatives Studio
613-536-0180 or 1-888-331-9928
1334 Princess St, Kingston K7M 3E2
Offers a wide selection of wigs, hair pieces (synthetic and human hair which could also be custom made), hats and head coverings, accessories and natural hair care products.
Also provides I Grow unit to use at home.
Professional wig consultants. Privacy and confidentiality assured.
Home and hospital visits available. Free wig and turban bank on site.
Bea’s Mastectomy Boutique
613-547-3262 Fax 613-536-0182
1334 Princess St Kingston K7M 3E2
Fitting of breast prostheses including custom made.
Wide selection of bras for all types of use & lifestyle, mastectomy swimwear,
nightwear, daywear and post-op garments.
Lympha-press pump for home use. ADP approved vendor and professional fitters.
Private rooms. Home and hospital visits available.
Free new and nearly new bras, breast prostheses and swimwear bank on site.
Kelly's Wig Karavan
Kelly's Wig Karavan offers natural looking wig products with comfort and style ... Synthetic Wigs with Monofilament, Front Lace Line, Pure Stretch Cap, Remi Human Hair, as well as unique hair care products and accessories.
Straight - Wavy - Curly ... High Quality Wigs in All Colours & Lengths!
One-on-one consultation in the comfort of your own home at your convenience!
Kingston, Ontario 613-329-2600 email@example.com
Kingston General Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop
613-549-6666 Ext 4237
76 Stuart St, Kingston K7L 5P9
Offers turbans and headscarves
Kingston General Hospital Auxiliary Hair Care
613-549-6666 Ext 4235
76 Stuart St, Kingston K7L 5P9
Hospital visits available
Store open on Thursdays and Fridays
Reconditioned wigs are available for a $30.00 donation
Also offers donated crocheted hats free of charge
Canadian Cancer Society 496 Days Rd, Kingston 613-384-2631
Offers free wigs on loan for cancer patients
Prostheses, Bras, Swimwear and Lymphedema Garments
Tammy's Wigs & Mastectomy Boutique
291 Pinnacle St, Belleville, ON
Offers private and confidential fittings for wigs & mastectomy products.
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1292 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M6E 1C1, CA,
Active Orthopedic Solutions
613-530-2233 / 613-544-4900 ext 53595 (2nd location)
1469 Princess St, Suite 4, Kingston K7M 3E9 / Providence Care Hosp, 752 King St W (2nd location)
ADP Vendor for Lymphedema Garments, Certified experienced Fitters for custom and off the shelf compression garments for the whole body.
Medical Arts Pharmacy Home Health Care Centre
613-549-3300 Ext 47
101A-800 Princess St, Kingston K7L 5E4
Certified fitter on staff. House calls available
Fitting and ordering of prostheses
Wide selection of mastectomy bras, can also order mastectomy swimwear
Offers cotton camisoles for soft prostheses
Shopper’s Wellwise Home Health Care
1011 Princess St, Kingston K7L 1H3
Fitting and ordering of bras
Fitting and ordering of compression sleeves for lymphedema
Sand ‘n Sea
3 Dundas St W, Napanee K7R 1Z3
Contact: Ellen Johnson
Offers mastectomy swimwear and bras
Kahiko Bay Swimwear & Accessories
506 Days Rd, Units E & F
Owner: Wendy Leonard
Offers mastectomy swimwear
9B Dundas St, E, Napanee K7R 1H5
We also specialize in bra fitting for both mastectomy and plus sizes. All our staff have been certified to properly fit women for bras and mastectomy wear.
Offers mastectomy bras, prostheses and swim forms
Can also sew pockets into bras to take prostheses
1-866-290-0821 (toll free)
Offers prostheses, sports/leisure bras, mastectomy wear and the “Been a Boob”. Order online
1-866-411-3482 Pittsfield, MA
Order online for semi-custom fitted lymphedema sleeves and gloves
Lymphediva products are also available through:
Ink-Tegrity Tattoo Studios
83 Aberfoyle Rd, Unit 2, Kingston K7M 7B5
Offers areola and scar re-pigmentation for those who have had breast surgery or reconstruction
Certified Lymphedema Therapists
For Combined Decongestive Therapy and/or Manual Lymphatic Drainage
The Midtown Clinic & Lymphedema Kingston
613-542-5558 919 Sydenham Rd (Side entrance)
Tanja Olmstead, RMT
Better Balance Massage Therapy
Book Online! www.bbmt.ca
613- 340-0306 2131 Parkedale Ave, Unit 5, Brockville
Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphatic Therapist, ADP Authorizer
Angie Armstrong Dupre in Brockville
Stephanie Webb - Trenton
Trenton Massage & Lymphedema Clinic
20 Joseph St Trenton ON K8V 4A1
Beth Stinson - Napanee
613-354-6474 14 Edgewood Drive, Napanee
Call for information or to book an appointment
Offers manual lymphatic drainage for lymphedema
Sarah Robbins - Cobourg
The Healing Centre
326 Division St
Cobourg ON K9A 3R3
Breast Cancer Recovery Tool: For Breast cancer survivorship care in the primary care setting for patients and their family physician after being released from the cancer center after only a year of two of being followed.
A helpful resource for breast cancer survivors to access current guideline recommendations for post-treatment recovery care. This gives both doctors and patients information as to what to ask and look for when following up.
The iAM app for Breast Cancer Survivors
Includes instructions how to download the app, iAM Medical Guidelines, located in the App Store or Google Play Store on your smartphone.
The Resources listed in this document are compiled by Breast Cancer Action Kingston. They are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change and are provided for information only.
Breast Cancer Action Kingston is unable to endorse specific companies/businesses to our membership.
We feel it is up to individuals to make educated decisions regarding services or products available in our community.
We use our mailing list strictly for information and communication that pertains to Breast Cancer Action Kingston.
Updated August 2019