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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


If you have ever completed, or helped someone to complete, the CPP Disability application, you know two things – it’s long, and it’s complicated. At the Wellspring ‘Money Matters’ program, we frequently help cancer patients to navigate through the application, pointing out highlights and areas where detailed and specific information is needed. The staff at… [Read More]

Weighing in on Cancer Prevention

Posted on July 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments

By Natalie Symons, Dietetic Intern at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre According to Statistics Canada, in 2010, 18.1% of Canadians aged 18 and older were self-reportedly obese.  Including those who were overweight, 60.9% of Canadian men and 43.7% of women had an increased health risk due to excess weight.1 What does excess body weight have to… [Read More]

$20 for Wellspring’s 20th

Posted on July 3rd, 2012 | 0 Comments

2012 marks Wellspring’s 20th anniversary of providing the best in supportive cancer care to the community. We are reaching out to our members and supporters to ask that you consider pledging $20 a month in honour of Wellspring’s 20th anniversary. If $20 a month is not possible, we hope you will consider a gift of… [Read More]


Recommendation: 7 – 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Examples of 1 serving: ½ cup tomato juice, ½ cup canned tomatoes or sauce, ½ cup fresh tomatoes or 1 medium size tomato     Facts: Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, vitamin C and beta-carotene. The most concentrated source of lycopene is… [Read More]


Add Some Culture to Your Life

Posted on June 6th, 2012 | 1 Comment

When you think of healthy foods yogurt inevitably comes to mind.  Yogurt is known to possess the following health benefits: easier to digest than milk – if you have lactose intolerance you may be able to consume yogurt because some of the lactose (milk sugar) has been converted into lactic acid in the fermentation process…. [Read More]


Springtime Strawberries

Posted on May 22nd, 2012 | 2 Comments

Strawberries are appearing in abundance in grocery stores at this time of year which means local crops across Canada are soon to follow. Like other berries, strawberries are rich sources of antioxidants and phytochemicals. They are so versatile and universally liked that it’s not hard to find ways to include them while they’re in season. … [Read More]


Ask cancer patients who have received a blood transfusion what that donated unit of blood meant to them and you’ll likely get very different answers. Some will say the donate blood helped saved their life; others might say it bought them more time to fight the disease. Still others might say that it helped revive… [Read More]


There is a new nutrition book for cancer patients – written by Jean LaMantia, a Registered Dietitian, cancer survivor and frequent Wellspring leader and NOURISH program developer in Toronto. ‘The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook’ by LaMantia (Robert Rose Press) was recently published and has a wealth of helpful information for patients who… [Read More]


It was announced at the March 27, 2012 Ontario Provincial Budget that social assistance rates will be frozen for the next year. Social Assistance inOntariocomprises two main programs – Ontario Works (OW), formerly called “welfare” and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Ontario Works is a municipal program, so payment rates can vary around the… [Read More]


The CanadaPension Plan – Disability Benefits (CPPD) program recently released their annual “Staying in Touch” newsletter. To find the newsletter online, visit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/oas-cpp/cpp_disability/newsletter/sit_2012.shtml The CPP rates rose slightly this year – a maximum CPPD pension is $1185.50/month and the average CPPD pension is $843.27/month. As well, the Children’s Pension (for children with a parent who… [Read More]