Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness month

Throughout October, The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at Women's College Hospital (WCH) will be hosting events and sharing resources that empower women with the knowledge and information they need throughout their cancer journey.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in Canadian women, affecting around one in eight. The Peter Gilgan Centre is working to ensure that every woman has the chance to gain access to the highest standard of care in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship for women’s cancers – no matter where she lives.


Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day 2020

Missed BRA Day 2020? Watch the presentations from breast reconstruction experts below.

To watch the videos with closed captions, please click here.

What does the future hold for research in breast reconstruction in Canada?

What are my options if I choose not to reconstruct?

How does radiation affect breast reconstruction?

How do I choose what type of reconstruction is best for me?

Breast reconstruction decision-making

Before and after breast reconstruction 

Preventative mastectomy and reconstruction for high-risk patients

Ask the speakers

BRA DAY 2020 - Breast Reconstruction Day Workshop on Oct 21.

BRA Day is going virtual! On Wednesday, October 21, The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women's Cancers in partnership with The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and with generous support from The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons are delivering this free three-hour event for women considering breast reconstruction.

BRA Day is intended to EDUCATE women on their breast reconstruction options, PROVIDE an opportunity to see possible outcomes of breast reconstruction surgery, EMPOWER women to make the choice that's right for them and CONNECT women with others who have been through it.

The virtual event is open to women and men across the country and will include presentations from leading Canadian breast reconstruction experts, stories from patients sharing their breast reconstruction journey, educational breakout rooms, resources and a virtual Show and Tell Lounge for women only, offering a unique opportunity to see real results of breast reconstruction.


Breast Cancer & COVID-19

This year, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) launched a 'Cancer and COVID-19' webinar series to offer support and information to people with cancer and their caregivers, family and friends. Each webinar is presented by an expert speaker and addresses a key question about managing cancer needs during COVID-19. Please click here to watch the individual webinars.

For more information about breast cancer services at WCH during COVID-19 and tips for coping with a cancer diagnosis, please download this resource (.pdf).

If you are due for breast cancer screening, please speak with your primary care provider. Health care sites have implemented a number of measures to prioritize patient safety during COVID-19. If you have never been screened or are overdue for a screening, or were previously told to get a mammogram every year instead of every two years, it is especially important to book an appointment.

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Tips & Resources

Tips for coping with a breast cancer diagnosis:

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