Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group Program (MBC)

Program Details:

Chair: Laurie Tresa

Our peer led support group is a place to connect with others who are also living with Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) and may be going through similar experiences. It is a safe place to express feelings among other who understand what you’re going through and can give you a sense of acceptance through sharing common experiences. Everything that is said in the group is confidential. Although there are no medical professionals or professionals of any type in the group, many members have had similar experiences and can offer valuable information on what to expect along your unexpected journey. They can answer questions and offer advice and encouragement. The group can help ease the feelings of isolation that can separate you from well-meaning but anxious family members and friends.

Usual Meeting Time and Location

Currently, due to COVID we are meeting virtually via Zoom.

This will be reassessed as the fall approaches and members start to feel more comfortable with venturing out. If you are interested, please contact Laurie Tresa at lauriemt@outlook.com.

MBC (metastatic breast cancer) Peer Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

  • Location: Churchill Seniors’ Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Westboro, Ottawa.
  • Drop ins welcome. Entrance off Churchill. Accessible

What is metatstatic breast cancer?

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as advanced or stage IV, is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body. The common places for breast cancer to spread are the bones, lungs, liver, and brain.

Treatment of metastatic breast cancer depends on several factors, including prior treatment history, menopausal status, HR and HER2 status, and where the cancer has spread.

HER2=human epidermal growth factor receptor 2; HR=hormone receptor.

For people living with stage 4 breast cancer:

MBC (metastatic breast cancer) Peer Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

Location: Churchill Seniors’ Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Westboro, Ottawa.

Drop ins welcome. Entrance off Churchill. Accessible.

References:

  1. The Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) produced this guide in partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.  CBCN is Canada’s leading national patient-driven organization of individuals concerned about breast cancer.  The guide is free of charge.  You can download it at https://cbcn.ca/en/mbc-newly-diagnosed-guide.
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