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These websites have been reviewed by staff of the Juravinski Cancer Centre.  The information from the web sites is not intended to replace medical advice given by a health care provider.

Disease and Treatment Information

Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society's website allows you to search for information about specific cancers, prevention and screening, statistics, cancer research, nutrition and more.  Brochures and publications on a wide variety of topics can be downloaded from the website in many languages. 

Cancer Care Ontario
Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial agency responsible for improving cancer care.  The site includes information for patients, healthcare providers and the general public.  The "Patient Library" includes documents, and an "Interactive Patient Journey" presentation outlines cancer information from prevention and screening through to diagnosis, treatment and beyond. connects Canadians to online services, information and resources for cancer control.  It provides resources for cancer prevention, screening, and treatment as well as supportive, palliative and end-of-life care.

Published by the National Library of Medicine in the US, Medline Plus offers cancer information.  Interactive tutorials help explain treatments, tests and screening methods. 

National Cancer Institute
This US site is one of the most detailed sites on the web dealing with cancer information.  Find out about many types of cancer in their "What You Need to Know About..." series of booklets, as well as information about drugs and treatments, complementary and alternative therapies, coping and supportive care.

OncoLink, established by the University of Pennsylvania, provides information about different types of cancer, cancer treatments and supportive cancer care topics such as nutrition, survivorship and coping. 


Supportive Care and Community Resources

This community based volunteer organization in Hamilton, Ontario is committed to helping cancer patient and their families through the crisis of cancer with patient service programs.

Home and Community Care
Your Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) connects you with the care you need, at home and in your community.

Wellspring is a network of centres providing cancer support, education and coping skills to individuals, family members and professional caregivers across Canada free of charge.

Wellwood Resource Centre
This community-based, non-profit organization in Hamilton, Ontario provides information, supportive care programs and peer support to people with cancer and for their families and caregivers.  All programs and services are free of charge.


Clinical Trials

Canadian Cancer Trials 
Search for clinical trials all across Canada using this website and its handy search tool.

Juravinski Cancer Centre Clinical Trials Department
Information about the Clinical Trials Department at the JCC, pros and cons of entering trials and information about currently open trials here at the cancer centre.

Ontario Cancer Trials
Visit this site to find a list of all the clinical trials that are open to enrolment in Ontario.

Prevention and Screening

Canadian Cancer Society: Prevention & Screening 
CCS provides information about screening and the importance of prevention, and what you can do to reduce your risk.  Links to articles and information in several different languages are also included.

Juravinski Cancer Centre: Cancer Screening Program
This section of the JCC website provides information about cancer screening and prevention, and provides links to the Ontario Breast Screening Program, the Ontario Cervical Cancer Screening Program, and Colon Cancer Check.

Smokers' Helpline
Smokers' Helpine of the Canadian Cancer Society is a free, confidential service for smokers who want to quit, are thinking about quitting, have stopped smoking and need support, and for those who don't want to quit.


Complementary and Alternative Therapies (CAM)

BC Cancer Agency: Complementary & Alternative Therapies
The British Columbia Cancer Agency helps patients and their families find reliable information about complementary and alternative cancer therapies.

The Complementary Medicine (CAM) Education and Outcomes Research Program studies the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) needs of people living with cancer, their support persons, and health care providers.  It then develops education courses and lectures, published documents, and individualized institutional or organizational programs to help address those needs.

MedlinePlus: Herbs and Supplements
Browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Integrative Medicine 
The Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center aims to compliment mainstream medical care and address the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and families.

Nutrition & Wellness

American Institute for Cancer Research
This organization looks at the links between cancer and diet, and offers nutrition information and tools for prevention.

Cancer Support Community: Diet & Nutrition During Cancer Treatment 
This American site addresses the topics of nutrition during cancer treatment, managing eating problems and dietary supplements.

CanWell (YMCA Program)
This Hamilton based program is a 12 week supervised exercise and education program for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer at any stage of their cancer treatment.  The program is run by the Y in partnership with McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences and the Juravinski Cancer Centre.



Caregiver Action Network 
The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the United States' leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.   

This American site provides resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services.

Family Caregiving 101
This U.S. site provides information and support for caregivers.  A message board for discussion and information about the various stages of caregiving and how to find help are also available.


Palliative Care and End-of-Life Information

Canadian Virtual Hospice
The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members and health care providers.

Hospice Palliative Care Network (Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant)
This Hamilton Region based site provides information and support, and helps patients and family members connect to issues in palliative care throughout the community.


Special groups

Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit
The Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit at Cancer Care Ontario works to improve cancer care for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.  It aims to enhance access to culturally sensitive cancer services, support, and health education.

Young Adult Cancer Canada
This non-profit organization seeks to help young adults dealing with cancer in Canada by providing inspiration, information and support.



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