Being diagnosed with cancer is devastating and often shocking. It changes many things in your life. You might be feeling overwhelmed or find yourself wondering what to expect. These resources are a good starting point for helping you get information and practical help. Your Cancer Care team is here to support you through it.
At any time, if you or your family need emotional support, find help in Supportive Care and Living Well.
Good to know: When you come to any one of our cancer centres for your first visit (consult) and any future visits with your health care team, we will ask you to fill out a form called Putting Patients First. It is a communication tool to help us understand any challenges you may be facing and what supports you may need. Cancer Care Alberta, along with Alberta Health Services is committed to a person-centred care approach. Improving your experience and supporting you better is a part of this. Watch the video to learn more about how this tool can help you.
Information about our cancer centres can help you prepare for your first and future visits. Guides to our cancer centres and other helpful information such as important phone numbers, questions you may want to ask your health care team and available supports and services are included.
Being diagnosed with cancer is life-changing, but you are not alone.
Find information on what to expect, how to prepare and get support, resources you can use and things you can do as you move forward.
We want to support Indigenous people with cancer and their families in culturally appropriate ways. Find supports and information to help you, especially if you are an indigenous person who has been newly diagnosed with cancer.
Cancer Patient Navigators are registered nurses who can support you in understanding more about the next steps in your treatment and guide you in finding the right supports and resources you need throughout your cancer journey. This service is available at our Regional and Community Cancer Centres. To learn more visit Cancer Patient Navigation.
Tumour Triage Coordinators are registered nurses who coordinate referrals to the tertiary cancer centres and provide timely new consult appointments for patients who need to see a cancer doctor (oncologist). They also support patients by explaining treatments and tests and help you prepare for your consult visit. To learn more visit Tumour Triage Coordination.