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Emotional & Practical Support

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Psychosocial Oncology Team

This team of health care professionals provides physical, emotional, social and spiritual support throughout your cancer journey. This team includes social workers, registered dietitians, and a medication access specialist or drug navigator.

Social Workers

Our Social Workers offer counselling for individuals, couples and families for cancer related issues.

Speak with a Social Worker about:

  • Anxiety or fears related to cancer or cancer treatments
  • Stress management
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feelings of depression or feeling sad
  • Sexual health and body image
  • Loss and grief
  • Speaking to children about your cancer
  • Concerns about money
  • Changes in your relationships, priorities and purpose in life
  • Registered Dietitians

    Talk to a Dietitian about the importance of healthy eating during cancer treatment, and how you can continue to meet your nutritional needs. Dietitians can tell you about changes you can make to your diet to help manage some side effects of cancer treatment. This includes:

  • Poor appetite
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in sense of taste
  • Heartburn and reflux
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Gas or bloating
  • You can speak with an Oncology Dietitian over the phone to ask questions about nutrition and diet. You can also get information about nutrition services in your community from your health care team.

    Medication Access Specialist or Drug Navigator

    Medications for cancer treatment can cost money at a time when you may have less money.

    Speak with the Medication Access Specialist or Drug Navigator if:

  • You do not have a drug plan
  • You need to understand how your extended health benefits medication coverage works
  • Your drug plan does not cover the costs of certain cancer treatment drugs
  • You would like information about programs that can help with the cost
  • Tax Deductible Expenses

    Some costs from your treatment may be tax deductible. Keep a record of your costs and save receipts for income tax purposes. To learn more about the costs that are tax deductible, visit the Revenue Canada website or call 1-800-267-6999.

    Spiritual and Supportive Care

    During your cancer journey, you may have questions like “Why is this happening to me?” or “What matters to me?” At Trillium Health Partners, spiritual and supportive care practitioners work as part of your health care team. They can connect with you and listen to you with care and empathy. Contact Spiritual Care at (905) 813-3984 or ask a member of your health care team.

    For more information, resources and community support programs, visit our Patient and Caregiver Education Materials & Community Resources Library