Cancer Support and Information for Patients and Families

Learning that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer can be devastating. Life can change suddenly and profoundly after a cancer diagnosis. Cancer affects not only the physical body, but also the emotional, social and spiritual aspects of a person.

Most people find that becoming knowledgeable about cancer and its treatment, understanding the various members of their health care team and receiving support can help ease distress.

The PEI Cancer Treatment Centre has skilled professionals to help support you and your loved ones.

What programs are available?

What involvement can family/loved ones have?

Family members are viewed as important members of the cancer care team. Support of family or a loved one is a necessary part of wellness. The distress experienced by family members and caregivers can be just as intense. For this reason, we encourage family to be as involved as the patient desires. Family members may accompany patients to all appointments.

Are there hotels in the area that offer reduced rates when receiving cancer treatment?

Traveling for cancer treatment can be a challenge, especially when you are looking for affordable options. View the list of participating hotels that offer discounted rates for cancer patients and their families or loved ones when traveling from outside the Charlottetown area for treatments, especially in the winter months. For more information, contact the Cancer Patient Navigator.

Did you know you may claim travel expenses for medical services on your income tax?

If you have travel expenses related to medical treatment (transportation, accommodations, meals), view the Revenue Canada Agency information on claiming travel expenses.

Are there cancer support groups?

The Canadian Cancer Society provides this information on their site through the Community Services Locator under Support & Services.

When is palliative care used in cancer care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care that is provided to patients living with a serious or life-threatening illness, such as cancer. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is given throughout a patient’s experience with cancer. It can begin at diagnosis and continue through treatment, follow-up care and end-of-life. Learn more about cancer and palliative care and the Provincial Integrated Palliative Care Program.

Why do some cancer patients choose home care?

Cancer patients often feel more comfortable being cared for at home, so they are not separated from family, friends and familiar surroundings. Home care can help patients achieve this desire. It often involves a team approach that includes doctors, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, dieticians, family members and others. Learn more about the Home Care Program.

What do I need to know about having an advance care plan?

Advance Care Planning is a process of communicating your wishes for future medical care in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself. You can also appoint a health care proxy to make health care decisions for you by completing a Health Care Directive [PDF | 185 KB] to set out your wishes.  Learn more about Advance Care Planning.

What other community support is available?

If you are looking for support, please see the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre’s social worker and/or the cancer patient navigator, they can guide you towards many programs and opportunities for patients and families.


Published date: 
January 27, 2017
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