Healing Connections for People with Breast Cancer

Welcome to Healing Connections for People with Breast Cancer, a unique program in Alberta for people who are one- to two-weeks post breast cancer surgery. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, Healing Connections addresses the physical and emotional needs of people with breast cancer by providing the knowledge and support they need after surgery. The team consists of dietitians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses and volunteers, all committed to supporting people with breast cancer.

This special program is currently offered in a virtual format via Zoom. Healing Connections takes a holistic approach, providing information on a wide variety of topics that include surgery, post-operative recovery, treatments, nutrition and more. The program is designed to be completed in two weeks, with two sessions during each week. Please note that this program supplements the material and information provided from My Health Alberta regarding breast cancer (i.e. the Journey Through Breast Cancer booklet or web resources). Please note participants are expected to review a few learning materials prior to sessions.

Our team

Physiotherapists: our physiotherapists provide support and information on stretching, aerobic and strengthening exercises. There is also an opportunity to review your shoulder stretching exercises with therapist supervision and feedback.

Registered dietitians: our registered dietitians provides a question and answer session focusing on nutrition related to healing and treatment.

Volunteers: our volunteers will lead a support group where participants are provided with support, discussion time and other information. Our volunteers are also breast cancer survivors.

Registered nurses: our Healing Connections registered nurse will lead a session where participants can ask questions and receive the latest information about surgery, recovery and cancer treatment and other information.

Occupational therapists: our occupational therapists will answer questions related to energy conservation techniques, lymphedema and mental/emotional health.

Session schedule

Please note that pre-learning is required for this program. Please review the Week 1 and Week 2 material before the sessions to make sure you get the most out of Healing Connections.

Week One - Day 1 (Tuesday) – 12:30 – 3 p.m.
12:30 - 1:00     Intake & welcome
1:00 - 1:45       Volunteer support
1:45 - 2:15       Nursing support
2:15 – 3:00      Physical therapy Q&A and demonstration

Week One - Day 2 (Wednesday) – 12:30 – 2 p.m.
12:30 – 1:00    Intake & welcome
1:00 – 1:30      Nutrition Q&A
1:30 – 2:00      Occupational therapy Q&A

Week Two - Day 1 (Tuesday) – 12:30 – 2:15 p.m.
12:30 - 1:00     Intake & welcome
1:00 - 1:45       Volunteer support
1:45 - 2:15       Nursing support

Week Two - Day 2 (Wednesday) – 12:30 – 2:15 p.m.
12:30 – 1:00    Intake & welcome
1:00 – 1:30      Nutrition Q&A
1:30 – 2:15      Physical therapy Q&A and demonstration

Participant survey

Please complete this survey after you have completed the Healing Connections program. You will be reminded to complete the survey at the end of classes on Wednesday.

Registration

Attendance of the virtual Healing Connections program is currently limited to patients who are residents of Alberta and have had their surgery completed at the Misericordia Community Hospital. The information and additional resources listed on this webpage are available for anyone to use.

This page will be updated with further information when the above limitations have changed.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Contact information

Phone: 780.735.2757
Fax: 780.735.2621

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