We can. I can. help reduce cancer and its impact
Various programs and resources are available to support Islanders living with, through, and beyond cancer. The PEI Cancer Treatment Center staff, including the Cancer Patient Navigator, are here to help patients, families and caregivers with information and support.
“World Cancer Day, February 4, is a global observance that helps raise awareness of cancer and the ways to prevent, detect and treat it,” Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson said. “Cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed chronic diseases and is the leading cause of death in Prince Edward Island and in Canada. Every day we are striving to reduce the impacts of this terrible illness for Islanders.”.”
The theme for this World Cancer Day is ‘We can. I can.’ The international campaign encourages everyone – as a collective or as an individual – to do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
Taking the time for physical activity, healthy eating, avoiding tobacco and caring for fears, feelings of loss and depression are a valuable part of a person’s care. Supporting people to live well when faced with a serious diagnosis such as cancer is important.
Health PEI encourages Islanders to take advantage of the number of a programs and resources to support people experiencing a cancer diagnosis. Supports include:
• Cancer Patient Navigator
• Oncology Social worker, Spiritual Care worker, and Dietician
• Look Good Feel Better
• Moving Forward: Cancer Transition
• Tobacco Cessation and Relapse Prevention
• Mastectomy Prosthesis Program
• Lymphedema Management Program
• Oncology Patient Orientation Program
• Canadian Cancer Society’s Supportive Care Services
• Provincial cancer screening programs
“A diagnosis of cancer is life-changing not only for the person diagnosed, but also for their family and loved ones.” says provincial cancer coordinator Marla Delaney. “Cancer can affect all aspects of a person’s life, and providing information and support programs is an important part of cancer care. “
Islanders interested in more information about support programs are encouraged to speak with the Cancer Patient Navigator. Call toll-free 1-877-511-5177 or 894-2552.
For more information visit, on World Cancer Day.
For general information and other resources, visit Cancer Screening Programs.
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Health and Wellness