Support Groups

Lymphoma Canada supports and promotes support groups across the country. Call us to find out if there is a Chapter group near you, or to receive information about starting your own group.

The lymphoma support groups provide lymphoma patients with an opportunity to meet with other lymphoma patients and caregivers and to talk about the impact of the diagnosis, including the emotions and fears associated with cancer, its disruption to one's life and family, concerns for the future, and strategies that patients might use to cope.

Calgary, AB

Where:

Wellspring Calgary, 1404 Home Road NW

When:

The fourth Thursday of the month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm 
* Please note that there will be no meeting in August.

Access:

Groups without an appointment are available for those interested. No registration is required, and patients can participate in as many sessions as they wish.

Contact:

Phone: 403-521-5292 
Website: www.wellspringcalgary.ca

HALTON/PEEL

Where: Well spring Halton-Peel, 2545 Sixth Line, Oakville 
When: The first and third Mondays of the month, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Access:

These are walk-in groups for patients only. Interested people can come when they can. No registration is required, and patients can participate in as many sessions as they wish. Both groups are professionally facilitated and co-facilitated by a peer (a patient with lymphoma).

Contact:

905 257-1988

Hamilton, ON

Where: Support groups for men with cancer in Hamilton, ON and general cancer support group in Grimsby (please note: none of these groups are lymphoma specific)
When: Please call for details or visit the Wellwood website.
Access: All are welcome. Some programs require registration due to numbers, others are walk-in.  Please call for details.
Contact: 905.667.8870

Montreal, QC - LIVING WELL WITH CLL

Where: JGH Hope&Cope Wellness Centre - 4635 Côte-Sainte-Catherine
When: The 4th friday of the month in January, April, June and September from 1:30pm - 3:30pm.
Access: Patients and caregivers affected by chronic lymphocytic leukemia are welcome to attend sessions.
Contact: Phone: 514.607.5967 | 1.866.659.5556
Email: renseignement@lymphoma.ca

Oshawa, ON

Where: The Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre, 86 Colborne St. W.
When: The second Thursday and the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Access: Both sessions are facilitated by a professional and co-facilitated by a peer. Please register to attend these sessions.
Contact: Phone: 905.579.4833
E-mail: sonja@hearthplace.org
Website

Ottawa, ON

Where: The Hospice at MayCourt, 114 Cameron, Library Room
When: The first Tuesday of the month.
Group Sharing & Caring: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Access: Patients are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Please confirm dates by visiting the Web site prior to the meeting.
Contact: Evelyn at 613.232.7795 or Pleasie at 613.241.7141
Website

Sarnia, On

Where: Canadian Cancer Society office, 714 Lite St.
When: The first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Access: Patients and caregivers are welcome.
This is a blood cancer support group for patients with all forms of blood cancers.
Contact: Deborah Morris
E-mail: dmorris@ebtech.net

Simcoe, On

Where: Norfolk General Hospital, 365 West Street, Diabetes Room
When: Every Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Jean
Phone: 519.426.7491

Toronto, ON

Where: Wellspring at Sunnybrook, 2075 Bayview Ave.
When: The first Wednesday of each month 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Access: These are drop-in groups so those who are interested can come whenever they can. Registration is not required, and patients are welcome to attend as many sessions as they wish.
Contact: Dawn Wasylow, Manager
Phone: 416.480.4440

Vancouver, BC

Where:

BCCA, 600 West 10th Avenue, John Jambor Room, Ground Floor

When:

The second Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to noon.

Access:

The Lymphoma Network / Support Group at the Vancouver Cancer Center offers lymphoma patients and supporters a chance to meet to share information and discuss the impact of lymphoma on their lives. It is a peer support group. Guest speakers attend sessions to share information about treatments, nutrition, stress reduction, and coping strategies. Poets and writers also share their journey with this disease. These are groups without appointments. No registration is required.

Contact:

Patient and Family Counseling Service Telephone: 604 877-6000

Victoria, BC

Where:

Royal Jubilee Hospital at the corner of Richmond and Coronation Streets, Woodward Room - Begbie Hall

When:

The first Thursday of the month from 7 pm to 9 pm 
Please call to confirm the date and location of the meeting.

Access:

The group operates without an appointment and a guest speaker leads the session for the first 45 to 60 minutes, followed by small group discussions. No registration is required. Some of the participants come from Lower Island (Courtney, Nanaimo, Duncan, Sooke and Sidney).

Contact:

Glyn Williams 
Phone: 250-598-8166 
Email: Glyn_Williams@telus.net 

Linda Wiebe 
Phone: 250 655-0232 
Email: lwiebe@inetex.com 

Patient Phone & Family Counseling Department Vancouver Island Cancer Center (Vancouver Island Cancer Center, patient and family counseling service): 250 519-5525

 Waterloo, ON

Where:

Hope spring Cancer Support Center, Allen St. W. 43

When:

The first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Access:

Patients and caregivers can participate in as many sessions as they wish.

Contact:

Mary Jon 
Phone: 519-742-4673

WEST ISLAND, QC

Where: West Island Cancer Wellness Centre - 115 rue Du Barry 
When: Please call for details.
Access: Patients and caregivers are welcome to attend sessions.
Contact: Phone: 514 695-9355 
Email: info@wicwc.org

Online Lymphoma Support Groups

Below are some excellent on-line groups you can join. Online groups offer the benefit of being available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, but they do not offer the face-to-face experience of a local support group.

Google+ Lymphoma Community
A place where anyone touched by lymphoma around the world can share stories, discuss treatment options, and more.

Health Unlocked
A community of lymphoma patients and caregivers across Canada.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society discussion board  
Discussion forums for all types of lymphoma, leukemia and related topics such as stem cell transplants. 

The Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cyberfamily
A global support group for patients and caregivers dealing with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Webmagic discussion boards
Discussion boards for Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.