Screening After Breast Cancer

Learn best practices for screening after a breast cancer diagnosis

Screening AFTER Breast CancerIn this webinar Dr. Jean Seely will share best practices when it comes to screening after a breast cancer diagnosis. She will share information about:

  • The different types of screening used after a breast cancer diagnosis
  • The frequency of screening that is recommended
  • What type of screening is best for certain patients

DATE: Tuesday February 22nd
TIME: 6:00PM to 7:00PM EDT

Dr. Jean Seely

Head of the Breast Imaging Section at the Ottawa Hospital, Regional Breast Imaging Lead for the Ontario Breast Screening Program in the Champlain region, and Co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Radiologists’ Breast Imaging Working Group.

Relay for Life at uOttawa

“Relay for Life at uOttawa is an annual event that aims to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. We were inspired by the work that Breast Cancer Action Ottawa does to support patients and survivors, and the uOttawa Relay for Life Committee would like to invite you to attend our Relay for Life event as a survivor! The event will be held virtually on Zoom on Friday March 4th at 7pm.

If you are interested, you can send a 3-5 minute video about your experience with cancer to by Friday February 25th. Please let us know if this is possible. We understand that this deadline might be too soon, so as an alternative, you can also speak for 3-5 minutes at the live virtual event (on March 4th) if you prefer.

Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this event, we would be very excited to have you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact

Thank you very much for your time, and have a lovely day!”

Selam Yimer

uOttawa Relay for Life Committee, Survivor’s Chair

The Ontario Ministry of Health is looking to speak out women with dense breasts

Some good news!

The Ontario Ministry of Health is looking into offering supplemental screening for women with dense breasts.

Dense Breasts Canada has been asked by Ontario Health to help find Ontario women with dense breasts — women without breast cancer or women with breast cancer. They want to ask women a few questions on the phone at a time that is convenient. We’re excited because Ontario women with dense breasts need additional screening! Too many women are having delayed diagnoses and we hope this review will result in action taken to save lives.

If you’d be willing to share this email with your group or the attached PDF or JPEG from the Ministry, that would be so appreciated.

Here is what the Ontario government wrote:

The Ontario government wants to hear from you.

What is the opportunity?

Ontario Health (Quality) is currently reviewing Supplemental Screening as a potential addition to Ontario’s current breast screening program for individuals with dense breasts. Supplemental screening refers to additional breast imaging that happens with a screening mammogram. In Ontario, there is currently no standardized funding or access to supplementary screening for people with dense breasts. A key part of this review is to make sure the lived-experience of patients and families is considered.

Why get involved in this review?

This review will result in a recommendation to the Ministry of Health about the potential public funding of supplemental screening. The views, values, and experiences of individuals are of vital importance to this review.

  • Time Commitment: 20-40 minutes for a phone interview

TO PARTICIPATE (or for more information):

Isabelle Labeca, Patient and Public Partnering
David Wells, Patient and Public Partnering
1- 647-952-9927

  • Please email now (no details needed in the email-just put your name/number).
  • Help Ontario women access essential screening to detect cancer early. Thank you.

Dense Breast Canada video project: We need your help!

I’m a photographer and videographer based in Ottawa (you can see some of my work at I am working on a pro bono basis on a project with DBC to create a series of public service announcements intended to educate women about two key issues – namely, that they are entitled to request and receive mammograms beginning at age 40; and (2) they may also request an ultrasound if they have dense breast tissue. These public service announcements will be comprised of on-camera interviews of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be used by DBC on its website and social media to help educate women about optimal breast cancer screening procedures.

Were you advised that you have dense breast tissue when you had your mammograms? Or that mammograms are not particularly effective at diagnosing cancers in dense tissue, and that this can delay the diagnosis of breast cancer.

I would like the opportunity to speak with you via Zoom or FaceTime to learn more about YOUR story, explain what participation in the project would entail, discuss the nature of the questions that I would ask during an on-camera interview, to answer any questions that you might have about this project, and to see whether you would be willing to be a participant in the project.

If you’re interested, please contact me. I can be reached at or 613-219-7251.

Thank you. Mary Ellen Cavett

My name is Nicole Rutkowski. I am a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. My research is in psychosocial oncology, and we are beginning recruitment for a pilot group program for cancer-related fatigue. We are reaching out to organizations who may work with individuals experiencing cancer-related fatigue to help spread the word about the project as part of our implementation efforts.

We have partnered with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation so that the program will continue to be offered after our research study is completed. We would greatly appreciate if you can share our study with members of your organization. I’ve attached additional information about the research study here for you. You can also find a description of the study at:

Group Cancer Coaching – Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Group Cancer Coaching sessions are led by one of our Cancer Coaches.It is a chance to meet others who have similar needs and goals. These groups are designed to help you through different stages of your cancer.