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Brain and Spinal Cord Pathfinder

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videosVideos, podcasts and online module

  • Odette Cancer Centre
    View an eLearning module for brain tumour patients receiving chemoradiation at
    (click on Cancer type → Central nervous system → Patient Education)
    Browse videos at (click on My Video learning).
  • Cancer View Canada
    Watch "The Truth of It" video series online at
  • Cancer Care (US-based)
    Listen online at (click on Listen to Workshops) or on your smartphone / tablet (search for Cancer Care in the Podcasts app).

classesDrop-in sessions and classes

These free drop-in sessions and classes take place in the Odette Cancer Centre for patients and caregivers.

Please pick up a calendar from the PEARL (T-wing, 1st floor, by main reception) or go to (click on My workshops and classes).

  • Introduction to Chemotherapy
  • Clinical Trials and Your Care
  • Ask a Radiation Therapist
  • Tips to Quit Smoking
  • Ask an Exercise Expert
  • Ask a Nutrition Expert
  • Breathe Easy!
  • Art Therapy
  • Lymphedema
  • Early Menopause
  • Ask a Pharmacist
  • Ask a Nurse (RN)


Brain Tumours: Understanding Your Diagnosis (Canadian Cancer Society)
Please go to, or drop by the PEARL (T-wing, 1st floor, by main reception) at Odette Cancer Centre to pick one up.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Resources and Information
Please go to to order print material, including handbooks, information sheets, and newsletters.


You can borrow these books from the Odette Cancer Centre / Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Please visit the PEARL Library (T-wing, 1st floor, by main reception) or call 416.480.4534 for more information.

  • 100 Questions & Answers about Brain Tumours, 2011
  • 100 Questions & Answers about Cancer Symptoms and Cancer Treatment Side Effect, 2011

Support services

Odette Patient & Family Support

Telephone: 416.480.4623
Location: TG-230 (T-wing, ground floor)
Free services to help you manage eating, stress, worry, financial concerns, changes in health, and daily activities.

Canadian Cancer Society

Toll-free: 1.888.939.3333
Free services that includes peer support, support groups, online communities, a telephone cancer information service, and the Wheels of Hope Transportation Service.

Cancer Chat Canada

Professionally-led online support groups for people affected by Cancer.

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Telephone: 1.800.265.5106
Website: (click on Care & Support)
Free services including support groups, family support, an online community, and one-on-one support.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre / University Health Network

Telephone: 416.846.2240
Location: Princess Margaret, 18th floor, The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumour Centre
Two Brain Tumour Support Groups held every second Tuesday of each month, one specifically for patients and another for family members and caregivers.

Gilda's Club Toronto

Telephone: 416.214.9898
Free support groups including Living with Cancer Support Group, Friends and Family Support Group, and many more.

Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre

Telephone: 905.579.4833
Location: Oshawa, Ontario
Free support services, emotional support, and wellness programs including a support group for caregivers, a class on eating well during cancer treatment, and more.


Telephone: 1.877.499.9904
Location(s): Several including Westerkirk House (on the Sunnybrook campus)
Free programs and services, including Peer Support and a Brain Tumour Support Group.

While this information may be useful, it is intended for educational purposes only. Please continue to ask your health care team if you have questions or concerns. For any other inquiries, please contact us at


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