Breast Cancer Action Kingston is a local volunteer-based organization dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of persons affected by breast cancer in Kingston and the Southeast Ontario Cancer Region.
Resources and support available to breast cancer patients residing in the above mentioned area and to those from other areas who are receiving treatment at the Cancer Centre at KGH:
At or through BCAK:
Regular Support Group
Meets on the second Monday of the month at our office from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Groups are led by trained facilitators who are breast cancer survivors themselves.
Lymphedema Support Group
For those with lymphedema secondary to breast cancer or who want to find ways to help prevent or minimise this condition. Call the office to be put in touch with a facilitator.
Available at any time, call the office to be put in touch with a facilitator.
- Exercise and other fitness classes (with membership)
- Yoga classes including a Lymphatic yoga class (with membership)
- Qi Gong classes (with membership)
- Opportunity to paddle with our Chestmates dragon boat team (with membership)
- In-house Resource Centre
- BCAK Newsletter TODAY, 3 times per year
- BCAK Website
- Financial Support (for persons with breast cancer residing in and/or receiving treatment within the South East LHIN coverage area)
- Prosthesis, bra, wig and turban bank
- Crocheted hats and knitted titty-bitties (to pin inside your bra, camisole or swimsuit)
Other Support Resources
Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario at KGH: 613-544-2631
Social Workers and Dietitians: offer counselling and support
Ask a member of your cancer care team for a consult or call Ext 7305
Familial oncology program: Ext 2800
Offers counselling for women/men with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer. A referral from your family doctor or oncologist is required.
Community resources desk and patient information area on Burr 1:
Information available on all types of cancer for patients, their families and the public.
Look Good… Feel Better Program:
Contact: 613-549-6666 Ext 7480 PLEASE PRE-REGISTER
Workshops are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Cancer Centre on Burr 0, Supportive Care area Free workshops provide information on skin care, make-up and wigs.
Canadian Cancer Society (Now incorporating both CBCF and Willow)
Cancer Information Service for Ontario: 1-800-268-8874 (Mon – Fri)
Reliable up to date information on all types of cancer for cancer patients, caregivers, family and friends. Various publications available for download from their website.
Peer Support: 1-800-263-6750
Callers can be connected with a volunteer who has had a similar cancer experience.
Kingston Office: 613-384-2631
Located at 496 Days Rd, Kingston K7P 2X1 Covers Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and also Leeds and Grenville counties.
Wheels of Hope: 1-800-263-6750
Volunteer drivers can be called upon to provide drives for cancer patients to their treatment appointments.
Breast Assessment Program, Hotel Dieu Hospital – Johnson 2, Room 267
613-544-3400 Ext 3434
Team members provide supportive care to clients throughout their cancer journey from imaging, to diagnosis, surgery, adjuvant therapy and survivorship.
613-644-3400 Ext 3449
Nurse Navigators are available for clients and their families through a telephone nursing line.
613-542-5013 36 Barrie St, Kingston, ON, K7K 1B8
Provides information and support for individuals and families dealing with a life-limiting illness.
Offers enhanced services in the area of palliative care, facilitators are available.
Client day program Wednesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Rides are available if needed to the client day program and also to appointments.
Offers bereavement support services, including trained volunteers who offer one-on-one and group support.
Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Libraries
Library books on breast cancer and related topics in each of the branches of the KFL&A Public Libraries
Southeastern Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
1471 John Counter Blvd, Suite 200
613-544-7090 or 1-800-869-8828
Selby Office: 613-388-2488
Northbrook Office: 613-336-8310
Provides professional and support services in the home and general information on community resources.
Palliative care and supportive housing, retirement homes and assisted living.
Care manager assesses individual needs for admission to the program.
CCAC also refers to other community support services.
Area Support Groups
Breast Cancer Action Kingston – see above
Brockville Breast Cancer Support Group
1-888-939-3333 (Mon – Fri 9 am – 7 pm)
Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Chapel Room, Royal Brock Retirement Living 100 Stewart Blvd, Brockville (access to parking lot from Perth Rd or Stewart Blvd)
In the Pink Support Group
613-572-1368 (Ann Elvins) or 613-214-1329 (Kim Amey)
Contact one of the above for more information
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 12 noon for lunch and a meeting (Sept to May)
Riverside United Church, 2 Mill St, Yarker (accessible venue)
Perth & District Breast Cancer Support Group
Butterfly Fan Club: 613-812-4474
Contact Carleen for further information
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month except July and August from 7 to 9 p.m.
Perth Family Health Centre, 33 Lewis St, Perth
Financial Support Services
Breast Cancer Action Kingston Financial Support Program
Details are on our website under programs and services and application forms are available for download. Alternatively please call our office for information and/or to request an application form.
Private Insurance Plans and Extended Health Benefits
Contact your insurance company and/or employer for your coverage details.
Assistive Devices Program (ADP)
Assists with costs of breast prostheses and lymphedema compression garments.
Forms are available online or at BCAK for those without access to a computer.
Ontario Drug Benefit Plan Section 8
For costs associated with drug costs not on the ODB Formulary (excluding those on Special Drug Plan).
Contact your oncologist for a written request.
Ontario Trillium Drug Plan
For those who are eligible, offers co-payment option for drug costs.
Application kits are available through pharmacies or the toll-free number.
Wigs, Turbans and Hair Styling
All Hair Alternatives Studio
613-536-0180 or 1-888-331-9928
1334 Princess St, Kingston K7M 3E2
Offers a wide selection of wigs, hair pieces (synthetic and human hair which could also be custom made), hats and head coverings, accessories and natural hair care products.
Also provides I Grow unit to use at home.
Professional wig consultants. Privacy and confidentiality assured.
Home and hospital visits available. Free wig and turban bank on site.
Kingston General Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop
613-549-6666 Ext 4237
76 Stuart St, Kingston K7L 5P9
Offers turbans and headscarves.
Kingston General Hospital Auxiliary Hair Care
613-549-6666 Ext 4235
76 Stuart St, Kingston K7L 5P9
Hospital visits available.
Store open on Thursdays and Fridays.
Reconditioned wigs are available for a $30.00 donation.
Also offers donated crocheted hats free of charge.
Prostheses, Bras, Swimwear and Lymphedema Garmets
Bea’s Mastectomy Boutique
613-547-3262 Fax 613-536-0182
1334 Princess St Kingston K7M 3E2
Fitting of breast prostheses including custom made.
Wide selection of bras for all types of use & lifestyle, mastectomy swimwear, nightwear, daywear and post-op garments.
Lympha-press pump for home use.
ADP approved vendor and professional fitters.
Private rooms. Home and hospital visits available.
Free new and nearly new bras, breast prostheses and swimwear bank on site.
Active Orthopedic Solutions
1469 Princess St, Suite 4, Kingston K7M 3E9
ADP authorizer on site; certified fitter and authorized ADP vendor on site for lymphedema garments.
Medical Arts Pharmacy Home Health Care Centre
613-549-3300 Ext 47
101A-800 Princess St, Kingston K7L 5E4
Certified fitter on staff.
House calls available.
Fitting and ordering of prostheses.
Wide selection of mastectomy bras, can also order mastectomy swimwear.
Offers cotton camisoles for soft prostheses.
Shopper’s Home Health Care
1011 Princess St, Kingston K7L 1H3
Fitting and ordering of bras.
Fitting and ordering of compression sleeves for lymphedema.
9B Dundas St, E, Napanee K7R 1H5
Offers mastectomy bras, prostheses and swim forms.
Can also sew pockets into bras to take prostheses.
1-866-411-3482 Pittsfield, MA
Order online for semi-custom fitted lymphedema sleeves and gloves.
Lymphediva products are also available through:
lymphedemaproducts.com and brightlifedirect.com
Certified Lymphedema Therapists
For Combined Decongestive Therapy and/or Manual Lymphatic Drainage
The Midtown Clinic & Lymphedema Kingston
613-542-5558 919 Sydenham Rd (Side entrance)
Genene Maurice, RMT, CDT and Hope Campbell, RMT, CDT
Registered Massage Therapists, Certified Lymphatic Drainage.
Offers combined decongestive therapy including manual lymphatic drainage (Vodder method).
Offers Therapeutic nightwear and extremity pumps.
Genene is also a certified fitter and ADP authorized vendor for custom compression garments
613-634-2378 Best Health Physio, 2-1329 Gardiners Rd, Kingston
ADP Authorizer for compression garments. Call for consultation appointment.
613- 340-0306 2131 Parkedale Ave, Unit 5, Brockville
Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphatic Therapist, ADP Authorizer.
613-354-6474 14 Edgewood Drive, Napanee
Call for information or to book an appointment.
Offers manual lymphatic drainage for lymphedema.
The Resources listed in this document are compiled by Breast Cancer Action Kingston. They are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change and are provided for information only.
Breast Cancer Action Kingston is unable to endorse specific companies/businesses to our membership. We feel it is up to individuals to make educated decisions regarding services or products available in our community. We use our mailing list strictly for information and communication that pertains to Breast Cancer Action Kingston.
Updated July 2018