Prepare to meet with your health care team by answering a few questions and printing off your customized fertility option exercise
Ask your family doctor, surgeon, oncologist or other healthcare team member for a referral to a fertility specialist to learn more about your fertility options.
Bring your fertility options exercise results, this decision aid, your notes, and any questions with you when you meet with your fertility specialist and oncologist.
You are not alone. There are many resources that you can use before and after your treatment. Below are some of the resources that are available. Ask your healthcare team for more resources or support groups near you.
Please note: the listed resources are for informational purposes only. These resources are not endorsed by the team who developed the decision aid.
Resources for Young Women by Province
Listed below are resources and groups available in your province. These resources will give you more information on all aspects of your breast cancer diagnosis. This includes information on breast cancer, fertility concerns, and other treatments. These resources also have support groups and forums where you can go to talk with others in similar situations. Please note that there may be other resources and groups available in your area. Ask a member of your health care team for more information on the resources and supports near you.
Canadian Resources and Support Groups
Canadian Cancer Survivor Network – Networks of patients, survivors, friends, families, community partners, and sponsors who promote health and education for cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors by providing support and easily accessible tools.
Cancer Knowledge Network – Organization that provides education, information, and a navigation system to medical and cancer patient/caregiver communities.
Cancer View Canada – Created by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer for Canadians with cancer, survivors, friends, family, and the public. It provides online services, information, and resources for support across the cancer journey.
Health Experiences – A website that provides a place to see, listen and read about Canadians’ first-hand experiences with breast cancer through in-depth interviews. The website also provides resources and services for cancer patients.
Rethink Breast Cancer – Charity that empowers young people (40s and under) worldwide who are concerned or affected by breast cancer through education, resources, advocacy, community engagement, and fundraising.
Young Adult Cancer Canada – Organization that supports young adults as they move through and beyond cancer by connecting peers, education, bridging out isolation, and being a source of inspiration.
Resources and Support Groups Outside of Canada
Breastcancer.org – Nonprofit organization that provides complete and reliable information about breast cancer to help make sense of complicated medical information.
MyOncofertility – Educational website that provides support, tools, information, and resources to cancer patients, parents, and partners on cancer and fertility.
Phone: 866-708-FERT (3378)
National LGBT Cancer Network – Network that aims to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors by educating, training, and advocating.
National LGBT Cancer Project – Non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to supporting LGBT cancer survivors and those going through a cancer diagnosis through cancer-related programs, raising awareness, services, and research.
Young Survival Coalition – Organization dedicated to providing unique resources, outreach, and connections for young people diagnosed with breast cancer.
Wellspring (Calgary, Edmonton) – Network of community-based support centres that offer programs and services to meet the emotional, social, practical, and restorative needs of people living with cancer and their caregivers.
CancerBridges – Team of professionals and cancer survivors that research and deliver evidence-based survivorship care.
Inspire Health – Supportive Cancer Care –Non-profit organization that provides programs and services to people living with cancer and their families to educate and enhance their quality of life, health, and well-being.
Phone (General Inquiries): 1-888-734-7125
Breast Health Centre – A program by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority that offers services to support people emotionally and physically across diagnosis to treatment.
Central Plains Cancer Care Services, Portage la Prairie – Non-profit organization that provides services to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, survivors, and their families.
Manitoba Breast Cancer Information & Support Directory – A list of resources and support groups available to people with breast cancer in Manitoba. www.wrha.mb.ca/community/bhc/files/Materials-Directory.pdf
New Brunswick Breast Cancer Network, Inc. – Provides support to individuals with breast cancer through education, awareness, and partnerships.
New Brunswick Breast & Women’s Cancers Partnership – Bilingual, non- profit organization that provides support and information to improve the quality of life among individuals with breast, ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers.
Phone: 1-506-858-8252 EXT 240
Newfoundland and Labrador
Action Kingston (BACK) – Centre that provides resources and information to people with breast cancer in Kingston and the surrounding area (Belleville to Brockville and points north).
Breast Cancer Action Coalition Sudbury – Information portal that offers a range of services to people in the Northeastern area of Ontario affected by breast cancer.
Phone: 705-522-6237 EXT 2700
Cancer Rehab and Survivorship Program – Program through Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Ontario that provides many services to people during and after cancer treatment.
Phone: 416 946 4501 EXT 2363
Ellicsr – Survivorship centre for anyone affected by cancer (patients, family, friends, and caregivers) that provides information, peer connection and support, resources, and classes.
Gilda’s Club – Organization where anyone affected by cancer can be part of a community that aims to meet peoples social, emotional, and physical needs through an array of programs.
Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation – Foundation that helps and provides financial support to people diagnosed with breast cancer.
Ontario Breast Cancer Information Exchange Partnership – Group of organizations that work together to improve access to support and information for people with breast cancer and their families.
Pink Pearl Foundation – Charitable organization that provides support and connections between young women who are living with cancer across southern Ontario.
The Olive Branch of Hope – Non-profit organization founded by breast cancer survivors that provides support, education, and faith based support with a strong focus on individuals and families of African-Caribbean Heritage.
Wellsprings (Downtown Toronto, Brampton, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Oakville, London and region, Stratford, Niagara) - Network of community-based support centres that offer programs and services to meet the emotional, social, practical, and restorative needs of people living with cancer and their caregivers. Programs are also available for individuals in the LGBT community.
Prince Edward Island (PEI)
Breast Cancer Action Montreal – Non-profit advocacy group directed by individuals affected by breast cancer who are committed to erasing the disease.
Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation – Charity dedicated to providing assistant to individuals with breast cancer, supporting medical research, and spreading awareness and education on breast cancer.
Fertility Funding in Canada
These are fertility funding resources available in Canada. Learn about funding by province on our Cost of fertility preservation page.