Psycho-oncology and supportive care are areas of cancer care dedicated to helping with the various emotional and psychological demands being placed on you and your family.

We are particularly interested in helping you to better understand areas of concern in order to improve your quality of life, support for caregivers, and achieve your own unique personal goals. Services are designed to help with coping and adjustment to diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing survivorship.

The challenges facing individuals with cancer can be as unique we are to one another. Some of these challenges may be:

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Feared dependency on your family
  • Post-treatment adjustment
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Transitioning back to normal activities after treatment
  • Uncertainty about the future
  • Concerns about death and dying
  • Body image
  • Relationship difficulties

Services available

Our team is comprised of highly skilled psychologists and psychiatrists with extensive experience in cancer care. We provide:
  • Individual, couple and family counselling
  • Stress reduction and relaxation training
  • Psychosocial and psycho-diagnostic assessments
  • Grief counselling
  • Medication treatment for depression, anxiety, and other conditions
  • Medication for "chemo fog" and menopausal symptoms
  • In-depth psychotherapy employing various cognitive, behavioural, person-centred, or traditional principles as appropriate
  • Treatment of broader and more complex personal and interpersonal issues such as: existential concerns, loss, changes in body image, improving significant relationships, and re-evaluation of life choices

Accessing help

Individuals in any of the following situations are eligible to access these services:
  • Recently diagnosed with cancer
  • Receiving treatment with surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy
  • Post-treatment
  • Recurrent or advancing cancer
  • Caregivers including family members and close friends
  • Recently bereaved
  • At high-risk for cancer due to a strong family history or identified hereditary susceptibility
You are the best one to determine if you need help. Sometimes your nurse or doctor may suggest you receive supportive care. Your family may also make this suggestion to you.

Psychologist appointments are by self-referral or by your health care provider. To see a psychiatrist, you or your nurse can request that your oncologist refer you for an appointment.

Each person referred is eligible for up to six free sessions. We are available on weekdays during business hours. Psychiatrists are present all day Monday, and Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Does seeking professional support mean I am a "weak" person?
No. Seeking supportive counselling is not a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it's an affirming step in the direction of supporting yourself in the healing process. Call 416-480-4624 or drop in.

Contact us

We are located in the Supportive Care area on the ground floor of the Odette Cancer Centre. This is beside the central elevators in T-wing, room TG 230. Call 416-480-4624 or drop in.