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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Info-Cancer Services: The Quebec Cancer Foundation and Myeloma Canada Join Forces to Optimize Support for People with Cancer

Montreal, June 15, 2022 – The Quebec Cancer Foundation (FQC) and Myeloma Canada are joining forces to strengthen the support offered to people with cancer.

Each day, 10 Canadians receive a multiple myeloma diagnosis, the second most common form of blood cancer.

Despite its growing prevalence, multiple myeloma, frequently called myeloma, remains relatively unknown; most people living with the disease recall hearing the words: ‘multiple myeloma’ for the very first time when receiving their diagnosis. Those affected by this incurable disease must be informed and supported by members of the Canadian myeloma community who have similar experiences, whether it be living with myeloma or acting as a caregiver for someone diagnosed with myeloma.

With 44 support groups across the country, Myeloma Canada believes that getting one-on-one support from a peer helper can also make all the difference. The reality of everyday life with myeloma remains frightening because the question is never whether there will be a relapse, but rather when it will occur.

Since they share this common experience, people redirected to the Quebec Cancer Foundation’s telephone peer matching service will be better equipped to understand, take charge of or deal with their respective situation.

“Our expertise in oncology and the relevance of the psychological support offered through our telephone peer matching service will help reach more people living with myeloma to support them through their journey. Together, we will facilitate access to support and better meet the needs of the Quebecers living with myeloma and their loved ones” explains Marco Décelles, Director General, Quebec Cancer Foundation.

By joining forces to enhance the telephone peer matching service for Quebec patients, both organizations work together to improve the well-being of patients and their loved ones. 

“We are proud of this partnership with the Quebec Cancer Foundation and to be part of their telephone peer matching service to directly support myeloma patients across the province. This resource will allow Quebec patients and their loved ones to access better support and to speak privately with a program volunteer who will bring comfort through their shared experience. By working with the Foundation, Quebec myeloma patients will have access to support adapted to their needs and circumstances,” explains Mrs. Martine Elias, Executive Director, Myeloma Canada.

 

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About the Quebec Cancer Foundation

For more than 40 years, the Quebec Cancer Foundation has raised the funds needed to provide everyday support to millions of Quebecers dealing with cancer and their loved ones. Through its regional centres in Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Gatineau, Trois-Rivières and Lévis, it offers physical wellness programs and psychological support as well as the largest accommodation network in the province. Also, through its Programme à Félix, it offers adapted help to young people aged 15 to 39 affected by cancer. Finally, the Foundation’s Info-Cancer Services offers listening, answers, and comfort in every part of the province.

One in two Quebecers will face cancer, but both will require support. We are here to support them.

Info-Cancer Services: 1 800 363-0063 |  cancerquebec.com  |  Facebook: fqcancer

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For more information about the Quebec Cancer Foundation:

Jennifer-Kim Noël
Director, Communications and Public Relations
Quebec Cancer Foundation
Email: jknoel@fqc.qc.ca

About Myeloma Canada

Myeloma Canada is the only national charitable organization created by, and for, people impacted by multiple myeloma. The organization is driven to improve the lives of those affected by myeloma by empowering the community through awareness, education and advocacy programs, and supporting clinical research to find a cure. Since it was founded in 2005, Myeloma Canada has been making myeloma matter.

Website: www.myelome.ca | Twitter: @myelomacanada

 

For more information about Myeloma Canada:

Jessy Ranger
Director, Patient Programs, Health Policy & Advocacy
Myeloma Canada
Cellphone: 514 880-7596
Email: jranger@myelome.ca