Being educated about one’s disease is a key step for patients to advocate for themselves within the health care system. The first place to start is with your health care professionals and the psychosocial department of your hospital.  Next, many metastatic breast cancer and breast cancer organizations provide excellent education and information resources.


Background Information

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network’s 13 facts everyone should know about MBC

Guides for the Newly Diagnosed

Canadian Breast Cancer Network, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Metastatic Breast Cancer Network have worked together to publish a Canadian version of a Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Ce guide est aussi disponsible en francais - Guide pour les patientes ayant reçu un diagnostic récent

The US version of the LBBC/MBCN guides is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog

Breast Cancer Care (UK) -
Secondary Breast Cancer Resource Pack

Cancer Support Community - Frankly  Speaking About Cancer - Metastatic Breast Cancer

National Comprehensive Cancer Network - Guidelines for Metastatic/Stage IV  Patients

Further Resources

Anne Loeser, a metastatic breast cancer patient, has compiled a comprehensive collection of her layperson research on treatments, cutting edge research and dealing with side effects entitled  “The Insider’s Guide to Metastatic Breast Cancer”  that she is willing to share with others.  She can be contacted at

Living Beyond Breast Cancer hosts webinars and conferences on MBC issues

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network provides background and educational resources on MBC

British Columbia Cancer Agency provides information on cancer drugs and protocols

Canadian Cancer Trials has a search engine with Information on clinical trials in Canada

SHARE Cancer Support - provides telephone support groups and educational programming for breast and ovarian cancer, has MBC specific programming

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has a database of herbs, botanicals and supplements 

Canadian Virtual Hospice - provides information on palliative and end-of-life care

Metastatic Breast Cancer Canada is a new information and advocacy website for Canadians

Connecting with Others

The Canadian Cancer Society/Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has expanded its telephone support services to have include team members who are living with metastatic breast cancer and are specially trained to provide emotional support.  Call 1.888.778.3100 or follow the link. - Stage IV forum -
Advanced Breast Cancer forum

Cancer Chat Canada -
professionally-led online support groups for Canadians affected by cancer

(groups include advanced cancer and caregiver support, contact them regarding the upcoming schedule)

For young women

Rethink Breast Cancer

Young Survival Coalition – Metastatic Navigator

For those with brain metastases

For those with bone metastases


Regional Resources

The Cancer Cancer Society provides information, research funding, and supports programs and services across the Canada.  Examples include the provision of volunteer drivers to doctors appointments and treatments and a free wig service.  To find your local branch, start here.

Wellspring – provides programs to support people with all cancers at several locations in southern Ontario and Calgary and Edmonton.

Inspire Health in B.C. - provides programs and services to enhance quality of life, health and well-being of people living with cancer and their families.  It offer practical and personalized exercise therapy, stress management, nutrition and counselling services.  Some of its services are available to out-of-province cancer patients. 

Cancer Support Community / Gilda’s Club - a welcoming place for  anyone touched by cancer - adults, children and teens as well as their families & friends.

Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Connect - an advocacy group that empowers and connects those affected by breast cancer (all stages) in Saskatchewan. 

Inpower Regina - For people in Regina who have had a breast cancer diagnosis (all stages) and are looking for strength, education, and empowerment from others. Their facebook page is here.

B.C. Cancer Agency  has a very useful site that summarizes the practical supports available in B.C.

Hope and Cope is a Montreal agency that provides psychosocial support and practical resources to those touched by cancer. 

In person support groups:

  • Quarterly MBC Community Get togethers - Calgary.  Next event, May 9, 2018 - contact
  • Ottawa bi-weekly meeting of MBC lifers - for more information
  • Saskatoon - all stages breast cancer group meets on 2nd Wednesday of every month -

Financial Information

For information on provincial and other financial resources, please contact your hospital's social worker/psychosocial department.  Many hospitals also have a drug access coordinator or patient navigator. 

Wellspring's Money Matters programs can provide individual guidance and assistance on financial issues such as disability, insurance, return to work, and drug coverage. 

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit

Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) - individual metastatic patients can connect with CBCN to discuss access points and how they can advocate for access to treatments and drugs. Call 613-230-3044

Disclaimer:  The organizations and links above are intended as resources and not medical advice.  The websites are provided and maintained by third parties, thus MBCAC cannot take responsibility for their content. 

Last updated September 26, 2018


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