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A supportive cancer care resource that provides tips from experts, inspirational stories and a forum for connecting with patients and their loved ones.

The HPV and Cancer Stats You Can't Afford to Ignore: http://t.co/aD7tnbt1 from @DrOz 2012-10-10


Exercise Tips for Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted on October 19th, 2012 | 5 Comments

As a physiotherapist and leader of Wellsprings’ exercise program, I have the privilege of training many women who are breast cancer survivors.  Consistently, joint and muscle pain is reported by many of our participants, particularly post-menopausal women on hormone therapy.  So, what’s going on???  Are you one of the many women experiencing muscle, joint, or… [Read More]


In the course of my research, I’ve asked men with a variety of cancers to consider what they learned from their experience and what advice they would give to other men recently diagnosed. Here are some of their responses*:    1.    What you are feeling is normal: “You are not alone” – Earl, 56 “Everything… [Read More]


Protein is one of three macronutrients (the other two being carbohydrates and fat) essential for human life. Protein serves multiple purposes without which our bodies would not be able to repair, regulate and protect themselves.1 Protein has many essential functions in the body including providing the body with energy, building and repairing tissues, providing structure… [Read More]


Nutrition plays an important role in the treatment of cancer.  People who have cancer often have increased nutritional needs.  Our bodies require additional energy and nutrients to rebuild and recover from the effects of cancer and cancer treatment.  Unfortunately, at the same time as nutritional needs increase, the ability to eat enough is often compromised. … [Read More]


Cooking with Kamut

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s become a mid year goal of mine to expand my use of whole grains in baking. Overall, whole grains are a more nutritious choice than their processed, white versions.  In addition to more fibre, the whole grain provides higher amounts of trace minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients known to help in the fight against cancer. … [Read More]


Employed parents who have a sick child will soon be eligible for a new financial security blanket. Starting next year, Employment Insurance will offer a new program providing EI benefits for parents who have a seriously ill child and have to leave work to provide care. Occasionally I would get calls from parents describing their… [Read More]


I don’t know about you but I’ve become intrigued by some of these “ancient grains” that are becoming more readily available in grocery and natural foods stores.  Quinoa, amaranth, millet, kamut, spelt and buckwheat are a few- many available as both the whole grain and already ground into flour.  They look interesting but how does… [Read More]


Traveling with Cancer

Posted on August 1st, 2012 | 3 Comments

A cancer diagnosis appears to alter your life and your thinking. A stop sign immediately appears. Fear creeps into your soul. Suddenly you’re embarking on a new journey, a journey through cancer. Certainly not a venture you planned and not one that will satisfy your travel desires. Many questions arise. First and foremost, can I… [Read More]


    Did you know that nutrition plays a major role in primary cancer prevention and the prevention of recurrence?  Take the following quiz to find out how much you know about cancer nutrition!  Check your answers at the end of the quiz.   1) Many Canadians weigh too much.  This puts us at increased… [Read More]


The Special Diet Allowance can offer a vital monetary supplement to individuals receiving Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program with extra expenses related to a special diet due to certain medical conditions. A cancer diagnosis alone does not guarantee an approval for the Special Diet Allowance; instead, the approval of the Social Diet Allowance… [Read More]