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Symptom Management 
Guides for patients on how to manage symptoms are available from Cancer Care Ontario. 

Cancer Care Ontario offers guides on: 
  • fatigue
  • nausea and vomiting
  • pain
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • loss of appetite
  • shortness of breath
  • mouth problems
  • fever
  • bowel function
  • hormonal symptoms
  • sexual problems
  • urinary incontinence
  • urinary problems
For more information on managing symptoms related to cancer treatment, visit

Patient/Family Counseling
Patient/family counseling is available to patients and their families who are experiencing emotional difficulties related to  a cancer diagnosis. Please speak with your Social Worker if you would like to learn more about the services available. 

Spiritual Care 
We recognize that spiritual needs are different for each individual. For some, it is having someone to pray with, for others it is simply having someone to talk with. Spiritual Care is available to all patients and their family or friends regardless of their faith or belief system. Spiritual Care at Southlake provides for the spiritual, emotional, and religious needs of patients, their families and staff 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

Spiritual Care providers:
  • Offer a compassionate, caring presence, and empathetic listening
  • Respect your religious faith or belief and assist you in drawing strength from your beliefs
  • Offer prayer, if welcomed
  • Support you during your hospital stay
  • Are committed to protecting your confidentiality

For spiritual/religious care, call ext. 2539, or ask your nurse to page a chaplain for you.

Patient and Family Library 
The Patient and Family Library provides convenient access to current, reliable, and accurate medical and health information, free of charge, for patients and their immediate families. Resources available include:

  • medical and health reference books
  • magazine
  • pamphlets
  • recommended websites

Complementary internet access is also available. 

The Library, located on the Lobby Level, is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please be aware that the information provided by the Library is not a substitute for consultation with your healthcare professional.

Quiet Room
The Stronach Regional Cancer Centre offers a Quiet Room for all patients, families, and visitors. The Quiet Room, located beside palliative and supportive care on Level 1, is available to everyone, regardless of your belief system, to provide for the spiritual needs of prayer, meditation, or reflection.

Patient and Family Support Groups
As people have different needs, you may wish to access one of the patient support groups available in York Region including:

  • Man to Man -
    Man to Man is a volunteer based, non-profit organization, run by prostate cancer survivors who help other men diagnosed with this disease

    Toronto Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group
    27 Lynch Road
    North York Ontario M2J 2V6
    Tel: 416-932-8820, Fax: 416-490-8236
  • The Canadian Testicular Cancer Association -
    The Canadian Testicular Cancer Association is a community-based organization dedicated to bring awareness and educating to the public about Testicular Cancer. We are a charitable non-profit organization of volunteers whose mission is to spread the word about this deadly disease.

    The Canadian Testicular Cancer Association
    10 Pioneer Drive, Unit 104
    Kitchener, ON N2P 2A4
    Phone: 519-342-2562, Toll Free: 1-866-898-7446
    Fax: 519-342-2562
  • Look Good Feel Better Program -
    Launched in 1992 by a charitable foundation of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA), Look Good Feel Better is Canada’s only cancer charity dedicated to empowering women to manage the effects that cancer and its treatment have on their appearance, and often on their morale. Over 90,000 women have been helped through our workshop and services.
  • Breast Cancer Support Services -
    BCSS is a volunteer-based centre that provides current information and education on early detection, various treatment options and the many ways of learning to successfully manage the effects of breast cancer.

    Breast Cancer Support Services
    695 Brant Street
    Burlington, Ontario L7R 2H4
    905-634-2333 (24-hour voicemail)
    Toll free: 1-800-465-1902, Fax: 905-634-2110
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