Hope & Cope

Contact Information

Main Office at the Segal Cancer Centre

Room E-730.1
3755 Côte Ste. Catherine Road
Montreal, Qc H3T 1E2

Phone: (514) 340-8255

Email:  hopecope@jgh.mcgill.ca

Hope & Cope Cancer Wellness Centre 

4635 Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montréal, Québec H3W 1M1

Phone: (514) 340-3616           

Email:  info.wellnesscentre@bellnet.ca

Who We Are

Hope & Cope is a non-profit, professionally managed, volunteer-based organization that provides psychosocial support and practical resources free of charge to cancer patients, their caregivers and their families. We are the cancer survivorship program of the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre, with a strong presence in the hospital’s outpatient cancer clinics and inpatient units. We offer a wide variety of wellness programs at the Hope & Cope Cancer Wellness Centre – a freestanding facility located just west of the hospital – and on line.

For an updated staff list,  click here.

Mission – How We Help

Founded in 1981 by Sheila Kussner, O.C., O.Q., C.O.M., our mission is to help patients and their caregivers live well at every stage of cancer. Our goal is to help you regain a sense of control and well-being, reduce isolation, and restore hope.

Whether you are dealing with a new diagnosis, a recurrence or advanced cancer, we’ve got you covered with innovative, evidence-based programs offered in a warm, welcoming environment.  

Services available during the COVID-19 pandemic

The safety and security of patients and their families is our number one priority. In-person services have been suspended for the time being and will only resume once public health has deemed it safe to do so. We are offering many of our services on-line and by phone, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need support: 514 340-8255 OR 514 340-3616.

Click here to see our  calendar of activities.

Our Services at a Glance

Our evidence-based programs are offered by cancer-experienced volunteers, supervised by professional staff. Our volunteers understand what you are going through because they have walked in your shoes.  We offer many opportunities for connection, learning and sharing.

Peer Support

  • One-to-one phone support – we will match you with a “buddy” who can answer your questions and offer a listening ear and reassurance as you cope with cancer. 
  • Support groups – we offer a wide variety of support groups*
  • Clinic support (oncology, pulmonary and radiotherapy clinics), visiting hospitalized patients, and palliative care support (suspended during COVID-19)
  • Bereavement support*

Wellness Programs*

Our Wellness Centre is a peaceful oasis where you can focus on wellness instead of illness. Taught by highly trained volunteers who share their passion for wellness, our classes and activities are designed to help you live well with and after cancer.  Our volunteers will help you develop a wellness plan tailored specifically to your needs. 

  • Cancer Exercise and Rehabilitation Program – group classes such as yoga, qi gong, tai chi and dance; personalized exercise programs that can be followed in our fully equipped gym or at home
  • Stress management – relaxation, visualization
  • Nutrition – cooking classes, information sessions led by oncology dietitians
  • Creative exploration – art, choir and more

*Offered on-line via video-conferencing.

To learn more about our wellness programs,  click here.

Learning Opportunities

Throughout the year, we host information sessions, conferences webinars and workshops on a variety of topics, featuring the most up-to-date information presented by experts in their fields. Examples include:

  • Focus on the Future (6-week post treatment program)*
  • The Art of Coping*
  • Young adult retreats

*Offered on-line via videoconferencing

 Check our calendar for more details. 

Resources and specialized programs

Patients sometimes need practical help such as transportation to and from treatment, head coverings and mastectomy bras, and links to credible information about their cancer.** Our professional staff can also provide assessments and referrals as well as short-term counselling. For a complete list of our resources,  click here

**Please note that not all resources are available during the pandemic.

CancerFightClub

Young adults (18-39) with cancer face particular challenges linked to the severity of illness, isolation from their peers, the effects of cancer treatment on intimacy, fertility, loss of autonomy and more. Our CancerFightClub program offers connection and support to this often neglected and misunderstood population. For more details,  click here.

En famille

When a parent has cancer, the entire family is affected. This program provides support and resources to families with young children (under the age of 18).  For more information,  click here.

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