ABOUT THE SURVIVORSHIP CENTRE
In designing the region’s first cancer survivorship centre it was the Cancer Foundation’s vision to create a home-away-from-home for cancer survivors and their families. Nestled beside the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park, the Foundation's survivorship centre is a place of quiet refuge and reflection, support and empowerment during the cancer journey.
The interior of the Centre is warm and welcoming, with all elements centered on creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere for all who visit.
Designers went to great lengths to incorporate the five Wu Xing elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood – to help provide balance and harmony to the lives of cancer survivors.
It is believed these elements, working in symbioses, will aid in the healing and coping with the disease.
Earth-friendly materials and products were also used to help achieve a holistic approach. The centre features rubber flooring, energy-efficient lighting, appliances, and low-VOC emitting paints and adhesives. The Centre also features radiant floor heating.
CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CARE
The Cancer Foundation invests millions of dollars each year in cancer research, equipment and patient care – and now we are addressing the emotional, physical, social, practical, spiritual, informational and psychological needs of cancer survivors and their families with the opening of the region’s FIRST centre for cancer survivorship.
The Centre is focusing on a new concept in cancer therapy: Cancer Survivorship Care. Cancer Survivorship Care is offered through a series of programs and workshops to assist the patient, and those closest to them, through every step of the cancer journey from pre-diagnosis, through the process of diagnosis and treatment, to post-treatment recovery.
Cancer Survivorship Care programming is offered free of charge and without a medical referral. Certified cancer care professionals and volunteers offer tailored individual and group services at the new Centre.
Through affiliations with organizations such as Health Coaching Australia, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and others, the Cancer Foundation is bringing world renowned programs to our region. Through partnerships with local health care institutions, community groups and with the expertise of wellness practitioners, we are developing additional innovative services.
Cancer Survivorship Care is offered in three different approaches: One-to-One Care; Self-Care and Supportive Care.
ONE to ONE CARE:
The first point of contact for survivors is with a professional navigator. This ensures personal attention is given to each individual. Navigators help survivors identify their needs and interests and facilitate access to appropriate resources. These may be offered through Maplesoft Centre; through one of our partners: The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, Bruyère Continuing Care, CHEO, and the Royal Ottawa Hospital or other groups including the Canadian Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Action, the Prostate Cancer Association, the Colorectal Cancer Association, Look Good Feel Better, Candlelighters.
The coach helps each individual establish quality of life objectives, identify barriers and challenges and develop an action plan best suited to their situation. The role of the coach is to help empower survivors; Massage and energy therapy services such as reiki, healing touch, reflexology and others are offered. Access to a Snoezlen relaxation therapy room and infrared sauna is also available.
Self-care empowers survivors to take control of their own health. Programs cover a wide range of topics including coping with a cancer diagnosis; improving nutrition and fitness and cognitive skills development.
Self-care programs are offered in a variety of time frames: programs vary from 6 weeks to 6 months.
Self-Care programs are led by cancer care professionals with groups varying in size from 12 to 20 participants. Survivors are welcome to participate with a member of their family / caregiver. Beyond the educational experience survivors are able to practice new skills as well as benefit from sharing with others.
Cancer can be terrifying, isolating and exhausting, not just for the patient, but for spouses, the family and their loved ones. We open the doors to the Maplesoft Centre to regional groups that organize a variety of peer-facilitated support groups.
We have also launched or will soon launch professionally led support groups for populations that are not currently served: Bereaved families, Caregivers, Children whose parents have cancer, Lesbian and Gay survivors, Metastatic patients, Young adult survivors. We are working on peer support groups for special needs such as transportation and child care. Clubs, more informally structured and volunteer led, will be encouraged: reading, knitting, horticulture, Japanese tea service, comedy and many more.