Healing Connections is a virtual group program for patients who have had breast cancer surgery.
The program is designed to support you as you move through your cancer treatment. It includes sessions on emotional, social, nutritional and physical health. These sessions are led by dietitians, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Each session includes education, information about community supports and opportunities for you to ask questions. You can choose to attend the sessions that will best support you and work with your schedule.
Anyone who has had breast cancer surgery in the Edmonton Zone can self-register for the program. You must be a resident of Alberta and be in the province when attending.
Our registered dietitian will teach you about healthy eating after breast cancer surgery to help you heal. You will also learn about the side effects of cancer treatment related to nutrition along with food myths.
Physical therapy (Wednesdays)
Our physical therapists lead exercise sessions that include feedback.
This session covers information on regaining shoulder movement after surgery and how to safely stretch and exercise at home. Other topics include proper posture and how to massage a scar.
This session builds on the stretching exercises from Level 1. We also show you how to do strengthening exercises.
You can receive assessment and treatments as an outpatient at the Misericordia Community Hospital. Your treatment may qualify for funding from Alberta Health Services if you had surgery within the last 12 weeks.
Occupational therapy (Thursdays)
Our occupational therapist will teach you about lymphedema, energy conservation, mental and emotional health and sexual health.
|Physical therapy||Wednesdays||12:30-2 p.m.|
|Occupational therapy||Thursdays||12:30-2 p.m.|
Each session includes check-in and registration, a presentation and time for questions.
You can register for the sessions you feel would be most helpful to you. You have four weeks to complete your session(s).
You can register before your surgery, but you cannot start the program until one week after your surgery.
We offer our sessions through Zoom, an online meeting platform. You will receive invites that allow you to phone into a session or join using your computer. For physical therapy sessions, you will need to use a computer that has a microphone and webcam.
How to register
Call 780.735.2757 and be prepared to provide your:
- provincial health number
- email address
- choice of sessions
After you register
Once you register for a session, you will receive two emails. The first will explain how to use Zoom and the second will include your Zoom meeting invites.
Peer support group
The Healing Connections Peer Support Group offers a dedicated and safe space for adults who are in the treatment phase for breast cancer. Connect with others and receive peer support around the shared experience of breast cancer.
Our peer support group is drop-in only and provides small break-out sessions with various age groups and information on community breast cancer resources. We’d love to meet you!
The peer support group is open to adults who are:
- 18 and older
- Alberta residents in the surgery and/or treatment phase for breast cancer and receiving their care in Edmonton
There is no registration or fee to attend the group.
Our peer support group runs on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, excluding statutory holidays.
Second Tuesday of the month
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fourth Tuesday of the month
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The location offers free parking and is wheelchair accessible.
|Eating well after breast cancer||Canadian Cancer Society||Webpage|
|Nutrition and Breast Cancer||Alberta Health Services|
|Nutrition information||BC Cancer||Webpage|
|Nutrition Myths and Cancer Class||Alberta Health Services||Class|
|Nutrition Services in Alberta||Alberta Health Services||Webpage|
|Recipes for healthy eating||Alberta Health Services||Webpage|
|The High Protein Cookbook for Muscle Health During Cancer Treatment||University of Alberta||Digital cookbook (free)|
|Alberta Cancer Exercise||Alberta Health Services||Class|
|Arm and shoulder exercises||MyHealth Alberta||Video|
|Axillary web syndrome (stretches and exercises)||Alberta Health Services|
|Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) course||Cross Cancer Institute||Class|
|Physiotherapy Breast Class for Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy||Alberta Health Services||Class|
|ROM and posture
|Scar massage||MyHealth Alberta||Video|
|Cancer and Sexuality||MyHealth Alberta||Webpage|
|Cancer-Related Fatigue video series||MyHealth Alberta||Video|
|Energize - Cancer-Related Fatigue Education||Cross Cancer Institute||Class|
|Fertility and You||Alberta Health Services|
|Healthy eating||Covenant Health||Presentation|
|How to Manage Cancer-Related Fatigue||Alberta Health Services|
|Look Good Feel Better||Cross Cancer Institute||Class|
|Low Sexual Desire||Alberta Health Services|
|Lowdown on Down There||Cross Cancer Institute||Class|
|Lymphedema, energy conservation and mental/ emotional health
|Making the Most of Your Time and Energy||Alberta Health Services|
|Sexual Health and Cancer||Alberta Health Services|
|Sexual Health Information for Women||Alberta Health Services|
|Sexual Health Resources||Alberta Health Services|
|Treatment side effects
|Understanding Cancer-Related Lymphedema||Alberta Health Services||Video|