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The Support Peers & Relevant Knowledge (SPARK) BRCA Group

When someone finds out that they have a BRCA genetic mutation, coming to terms with their diagnosis and what it means can be overwhelming. The SPARK BRCA group is an innovative new program that offers everyone every chance to learn directly from healthcare providers about living with genetic factors that increase their risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Individuals are invited to attend on a regular basis and sessions are run by both health care professionals and peers, creating a space where everyone can connect with others who are living with these risks. At each gathering, participants have a chance to access:

  • Tips and coping strategies from others living with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations  
  • A better understanding about genetic mutations, available treatment and prevention options
  • Resources (.pdf) that are available to support you and your family
  • Peer support that allows you to hear about others’ experiences

Next sessions:

When:
Monday, December 2, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., level 1, room 1441
* Note: this session will be focused on peer support only.

Monday, February 3, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., level 1, room 1441.
*Note: this session will be focused on sexual health and peer support.

*Parking available off-site only as hospital parking closes at 7pm.

How to register:

Anyone who has been diagnosed with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation can register to participate in the group by emailing us with your name and contact information at: petergilgan.edu@wchospital.ca.

This program is only available to those diagnosed as carriers for these gene mutations. If you have questions about understanding your personal risk factors, please contact your family physician.

Evaluation:

These group sessions will be evaluated through direct feedback and through the completion of questionnaires. Individuals are encouraged to voluntarily participate in the evaluation process because input and feedback will help us continue to improve the program. 

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