General Cancer Resources

The SwimBowen Society’s Cancer Care Fund
Provides financial gifts of up to $2000 for Bowen Island residents in active Cancer treatment.  Recipients may choose to spend their gift on what best suits their personal needs.

Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Telephone Information Service
A national, bilingual, toll-free service offering comprehensive information on cancer. Up-to-date information on a variety of cancer related topics, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment. The Cancer Information Service can help people find cancer related services and programs in their local community. For other languages, an interpreter service is available.
9am to 6pm M – F

The British Columbia Cancer Agency – also a site with broad-based regional resources on cancer
Some additional links to general information:

Canadian Cancer Society website has a wealth of cancer information.

The National Cancer Institute – has information on every cancer diagnosis, as above this is a broad-based national information site on cancer.

Complementary Care – Complementary services to standard cancer treatment, dealing with nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, emotional and spiritual health. No referral necessary, varying membership fees apply depending on types of services accessed.

Breast Cancer

Canadian Cancer Society
General information about breast cancer –
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
This site has a comprehensive array of information about breast cancer, local workshops and talks with experts, fundraising events, etc.”
British Columbia Cancer Agency – BCCA – Patient/public info page. This is the BC Cancer Agency’s general information regarding cancer and the services available in B.C.

Rethink Breast Cancer – geared women under 40 years old… responds to young women’s needs.
Canadian Breast Cancer Network
This national Breast cancer site has information about breast cancer, education, seminars, workshops, retreats, research and so on.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
A very comprehensive American website with many resources, webinars and information for educational purposes in particular.
A research based site for breast cancer. Many of the research projects are still at the stage of investigation but very interesting summations of what they’re doing. This site contains good research that can be applied to daily life – for instance vitamen D as protection against breast cancer.
Although this is an American website it has very good information, including discussions boards about many subjects.

Breast Reconstruction Program – UBC Hospital

Screening Mammography Program Information Line

Provides general information on the province’s breast screening program for women over 40.
The line will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Vancouver: (604) 877-6187

Take Care of the Girls” campaign video featuring Colleen O’Neil and other Bowen Islanders…

Mesothelioma Guide: provides information and support to patients and families affected by Mesothelioma.
Another reference:

Ovarian Cancer

National and Provincial Cancer Association

Prostate Cancer

Canadian Cancer Society – general information
Vancouver Prostate Centre – a Vancouver-based prostate services and information centre.
The PDF link below is an excellent resource from the Prostate Centre in Vancouver :
Prostate Cancer Canada – a national site with general information (American Cancer Society)
BC Cancer Agency
BC Cancer Agency Library
is an extensive library which lends books related to cancer to the public.
The American Institute of Cancer Research
Recommended by the BC Cancer Agency as a place to obtain data about diet and its effect on prevention of prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Support Groups
North Shore Support Group
Tom Sayle is contact The group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month (7 to 9pm) at Lions Gate Hospital Basement Auditorium.
Vancouver Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group
Len Gross is contact person at 604-434-2100 This group meets the 1st Thursday of each month (11:00 to 1:00) at Canada Cancer Society Board Room, 565 West 10th, Vancouver

Lung Cancer

Canadian Cancer Society – general information on lung cancer
British Columbia Cancer Agency – general information on lung cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Canadian Cancer Society – general information on colorectal cancer
British Columbia Cancer Agency – general information on lung cancer
Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada – general information on colorectal cancer
There is a new colorectal program as of April 1st that is recommending patients should have a FIT (fecal immunochemical test) to do at home every two years if you are between the ages of 50-74 without symptoms. However people with a family history will be referred to their GP for a colonoscopy consult.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Canadian Cancer Society – general information on non-hodgkin lymphoma
British Columbia Cancer Agency – general information
Non Hodgkin Lymphoma
Lymphoma Canada – national information site on lymphoma

Reading Materials

Nutrition and Cancer
Anti-Cancer a New Way of Life, by David Servan-Schreiber – the book we love to recommend and Inspire Health. *Download a free PDF leaflet of The Anti-Cancer

Cancer Fighting Kitchen, Rebecca Katz – a great cookbook with yummy recipes. Could be a little more meat/fat friendly but otherwise great!

Healing With Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford – an excellent East meets West resource book (a cult classic!) including a large chapter on cancer and regeneration diets.

Beating Cancer With Nutrition, Patrick Quillin – written by a very experienced Nutritionist whom is very much a believer in whole foods and a whole person approach to healing.  A great step-by-step resource for those who want a plan spelled out for them.

Grains of Wisdom – The Callanish Cookbook – provides healing featuring delicious and healthy food, various activities/retreats for those with a cancer diagnosis.

The Jungle Effect, Dr. Daphne Miller – as great book regarding indigenous diets and why they are healthier and how we can return to a more whole, natural diet. Very easy to read, great resources within including grocery lists for various indigenous healthy diets.