1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer. Psychosocial Oncology is a specialty in cancer care concerned with understanding and treating the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and functional aspects of cancer, from prevention through bereavement. It is a whole person approach to cancer care that addresses a range of human needs that can improve the quality of life for those affected by cancer.
Psychosocial Oncology has proven to:
- Reduces emotional and psychological stress
- Helps people complete their medical treatment
- Improves quality of life
- Helps caregivers and family members avoid burnout
Since 2015, the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre has doubled its programming and currently offers over 100 hours of programs each month. This program expansion paired with membership growth has resulted in a strong increase in program attendance.
By attending programs at the Centre, members have reported:
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Increased energy levels
- decreased loneliness