Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada - CCAC

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New Cancer Coach Support Program

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) recently launched a nation-wide support initiative providing vital psychosocial support and information to colorectal cancer patients. The program’s objective is to help colorectal cancer patients better cope with their disease and regain a sense of control.

The program consists of dedicated volunteers, called Cancer Coaches, located across Canada who have received special training in the medical and surgical treatment of colorectal cancer, psychosocial coping, communication, emotional support, navigating the healthcare system, etc. Patients are referred to their local coach (through email or phone) when they contact the CCAC requesting support. In many cases, volunteers are former patients. All Cancer Coaches are sensitive to cultural diversity, adhere to strict confidentiality, and provide support without judgment. The program is led by CCAC Support Director and researcher Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, N, PhD.

For more information on the Cancer Coach Support Program, contact:

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada
60 St. Clair Avenue E., Suite 204
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5
T: 416-920-4333, toll-free 1-877-50COLON(26566)
F: 416-920-3004


Cancer coaches group photo 2011