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Oct. 15, 2018
Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, Oct. 15 - 19, 2018
To coincide with the event, the MUHC Travel Clinic is offering a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on Friday October 19 from noon-4 pm as a CATCH (Community Ambassadors To Conquer HPV) initiative. Everyone is welcome to walk in or register on the following website: https://catch-hpv.wixsite.com/monsite  
HPV vaccination is covered by RAMQ to women up to 18, men in relations with men up to 26 and some immunosupressed groups- the others, such as women up to 26 years will have to pay for each dose and may be reimbursed by their own private insurance.  For more information about HPV and its relationship between cervical cancer please refer to the Quebec Government websites about HPV vaccination, Cervical Cancer – Protection and Prevention, and People at Risk.

The CATCH ambassadors also invite you to participate in the inaugural CATCH Spin Event on October 19 at 7pm at Victoria Park, to raise funds for HPV vaccination for high risk patients. Visit their Facebook page for more information.  

Feb. 22, 2018
Ovarian Cancer Canada Webinar Series

Cancer Genetics:  What you need to know
in English: Thursday, March 1 at 4pm EST by Laura Palma

Dec. 22, 2017
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
New page created in acknowledgement of the philanthropists and the organizations that have funded various research projects carried out by the Gyn-Onc Team. 

Nov. 23, 2017

Cancer Pain Management: understanding pain - new avenues and support systems 
Time: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Palmer Theatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 6th floor
1200 Pine Av West, Montreal, H3A  1X1
[Register & Details]

There’s something special waiting for you at Teal Tea on Thurs. Nov. 30 at the Quebec Regional Office of Ovarian Canada!
[RSVP & Details]

Oct. 17, 2017

Dr. Gotlieb, Director of Gyn-Onc Division will talk at the Public Forum of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre 
Title: Updates on Ovarian Cancer 
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Palmer Theatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 6th floor
1200 Pine Av West, Montreal, H3A  1X1

Oct. 5, 2017
Click here to check the recently updated educational brochures by the Foundation for Women's Cancer.

Aug. 31, 2017
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Wear TEAL to show your support tomorrow! 

NO screening for ovarian cancer. Click here for more information. 
Jul. 13, 2017
Check our Twitter account by clicking the little birdie for the latest news on gynecologic cancer care that we would like to share with you.  

May 29, 2017
On Our Menu: Embrace Your Journey to Healthy Eating
Free English Public Lecture by Stroll Cancer Prevention 
Centre of the Jewish General Hospital
Time: July 4, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: La Plaza, 420 Sherbrooke St. W.
A gift basket for the first 300 guests and raffle prizes to win.
RSVP required:
Tel: (514) 340-8222 x24139
Email: cancerprevention@jgh.mcgill.ca

May 11, 2017
We invite you to watch an inspiring and touching TEDx talk
given by Susan Wener last November. As a Holistic Consult and the bestselling author of Resilience, Susan sits on the Gyn-Onc Tumor Board, and helps the team address not only the physical needs of our patients, but also their mental, emotional, and spiritual needs in order to achieve optimal care.  

May 9, 2017
You are not alone: Ovarian and other gynecological cancers
In collaboration with Ovarian Cancer Canada and Hope & Cope, our oncologists, Drs. Gotlieb, Lau & Salvador, and the Pivot Nurse, Nancy Drummond, will be speaking at the event on Friday, May 12. Click here for the agenda.

May 4, 2017

 May 8th - World Ovarian Cancer Day

DISCLAIMER: The Gynecologic Oncology Team strongly supports the World Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8, as well as ovarian cancer awareness. However the information provided on http://ovariancancerday.org/, Prevention & Diagnosis in particular, requires further discussion with your health care providers.

Apr. 27, 2017
Understanding "Chemobrain" 
New findings shared by the National Cancer Institute.

Apr. 6, 2017
New Information Resources on Survivorship
Click here to check the new section of helpful online resources for cancer survivors and their friends and family. 

Mar. 29, 2017
OCC Webinar: Living with Recurrence 
This webinar will feature two women sharing their stories of living with ovarian cancer.
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST, Thursday Mar. 30, 2017

Mar. 23, 2017
We are going to share our knowledge on ovarian and other gynecological cancers with patients and their families on May 12 at the Hope & Cope Wellness Centre. Stay tuned.

Feb. 13, 2017
World Cancer Day Free Lecture I CAN Take Control of My Cancer Journey by Goodman Cancer Research Centre & Cedars Cancer Foundation
Date: February 23, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Feb. 6, 2017
Webinar: Treatment for Recurrence offered by Ovarian Cancer Canada
Date: February 14, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm (EST)
Presented by Dr. Paul Hoskins, MA, FRCPC, Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency

Dec. 5, 2016
Led by Dr. Christine Maheu and Ms. Maureen Parkinson, the cancerandwork.ca is a collaboration between McGill Univ. and the BC Cancer Agency in partnership with the de Souza Institute. The newly launched website provides detailed information and resources about returning to work for cancer survivors, healthcare providers, and employers.
Oct. 20, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Gotlieb for winning the JGH Award for Medical Excellence! Click here for more information.

Sept. 22, 2016
By Your Side & Still By Your Side
Developed by Ovarian Cancer Canada, By Your Side (for newly diagnosed patients) and Still By Your Side (for recurrent patients) are two patient guides that support and inform the women throughout their journey. Now they are both accessible from the Gyn-Onc patient information website. Click the titles to open the PDF documents. 

Nov. 3, 2016
What is new in lymphedema treatment and research? by Dr. Anna Towers
- Special presentation in French with bilingual slides and discussion by the Lymphoma Association of Quebec
Date: November 8, 2016
Time: 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: McGill University Health Centre, Glen site, DS1.1427
RSVP aql@infolympho.ca or call 514-979-2463 since places are limited.
Click here for more information. 

Oct. 20, 2016
McGill Goodman Cancer Research Centre Upcoming Public Forums
Date: Oct. 26, 2016 
Title: Draining Cancer's Fuel Tank
Date: Nov. 23, 2016
Title: OK...I've been diagnosed...now what? Navigating the cancer care system.
Click here for more information about the two events.

Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC) Upcoming Webinars and Workshops
Date: Nov. 8, 2016

Title: Cancer de l’ovaire 101 (in French only)
Date: Nov. 23, 2016
Title: Composer avec la peur de la récidive (in French only)
Date: Nov. 24, 2016
Title: Coping with Fear of Recurrence 
Click here for more information about the aforementioned webinars. 
Date: Nov. 14, 2016, all day event, Quebec City

Title: Vous n’êtes pas seule : une journée d’apprentissage et de partage au sujet du cancer de l’ovaire
Click here to open the event poster. Workshop will also be broadcast live by webinar.  To participate via webinar in Montreal, please contact Jennifer Laliberté, Quebec Regional Director of OCC, at 1-888-369-2972 x 1 or  jlaliberte@ovariancanada.org

Oct. 13, 2016
Ovarian Cancer Canada Webinar : Ovarian Cancer 101
Presented by Dr. Alon Altman, Gynecologic Oncologist, Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
6 PM - 7 PM EST

July 28, 2016
New Resource by Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC)
Limited copies of the recently updated patient's guide By Your Side by OCC are now available for the JGH Gyn-Onc patients to borrow from the library of Hope & Cope (E-730.1). Still By Your Side - a new guide for patients with recurrence, will be available at Hope & Cope soon. Individual requests can be made directly from the OCC's website.  

June 23, 2016
Ovarian Cancer Canada Webinar Recordings
Ovarian Cancer Research and You: Ovarian Cancer 101 and the Impact of Research, by Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden, recorded on May 15, 2016. Please visit the Ovarian Cancer Canada website to view all the past talks. 

May 19, 2016
Cancer Related Brain Fog: Facing the Challenge and Providing a Solution

Register Now for the FREE Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN) Connections Webinar!
Time: Thursday May 26, 2016, 3 - 4 pm (Eastern Time)
Speaker: Heather Palmer, PhD, Maximum Capacity

May 2, 2016
Living with BRCA - Public Conference
4th Biennial Conference on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer for Gene-Carriers, At-Risk Individuals, and Their Families
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 8:10 – 16:15
Centre Mont-Royal, Montréal


Apr 14, 2016

You are invited to a night of magic on May 18, 2016
with one of America's Got Talent's finalists Oz Pearlman the mentalist! 

 When purchasing any ticket to this event with Gloria's Girls or making a donation to the group (online, by phone, or in person), the proceeds will strictly benefit ovarian cancer research and patient care at the Jewish General Hospital. 

March 24, 2016

The JGH Gyn-Onc team has been committed to improving patient experience over the past thirteen years. The team, as a selected Rossy clinic, is participating in an iPEHOC project, led by Dr. Zeev Rosberger. The ultimate goal of the project is to reduce the symptom burden and improve patient experience of cancer and care. Click here to watch a video about this study.

March 7, 2016

Third session of the series 2015-16 presented by the Goodman Cancer Research Centre: Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Palmer Theatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 6th floor
1200 Pine Av West, Montreal, H3A  1X1

February 1, 2016
World Cancer Day Free Public Forum - Love and Be Loved
Experts will discuss the unspoken impact of cancer on self-esteem,  intimacy and fertility.
Date: Feb. 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: 6th Floor, Palmer Theatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, McGill University

Segal Cancer Centre Free Public Lectures

Essential Ingredients of Comprehensive Cancer Care : How multidisciplinary teams, empowered patients and family, and advanced clinical research forge the best outcomes - Series 1 by Gynecologic Oncology Clinic
Date: Feb. 17, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Nurse's Lecture Hall (A-139), Jewish General Hospital

November 12, 2015
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness is one of the effective skills that increase our ability to cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life. The Palouse Mindfulness is a 100% free online 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training course which is modeled on the MBSR program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. At the JGH, Hope & Cope offers “Mindfulness Practice” which provides practical strategies for coping not just with cancer, but also with everyday stress.

October 15, 2015

2015 National Cervical Cancer Week - October 19-23
Did you know that PAP smear is the recommended test in Canada to determine the presence of precancers or cervical cancer early on? It was developed in the 1940’s by Dr. George Papanicolaou, hence the name PAP. Book an appointment with your gyne doctor for a PAP test or search this database for PAP clinics near you to have your PAP test done today.

September 28, 2015

Partners in Care Webinar Series: Caring for a loved one with ovarian or breast cancer
National Event, October 13, 2015
Ovarian Cancer Canada, in partnership with Willow Breast Cancer Support and The Caregiver Network is launching an online learning series that will help partners and spouses that accompany loved ones through ovarian or breast cancer connect to a network of helpful experts.

August 31, 2015
September is the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Check the list of information resources that we've prepared for you and click here to see what local events you can participate to help raise the awareness of Canada’s most fatal women’s cancer.

July 23, 2015
Lymphedema is a potential side effect of gynecologic cancer surgery that can appear in some people during the months or even years after treatment ends.The Gyn-Onc Clinic is collaborating with the MUHC (McGill University Health Centre) Lymphedema Program on a study which will evaluate the effect of early compression stockings on the incidence of leg lymphedema in patients who underwent gynecological surgery. Click here for more information.

June 22, 2015
Dear participants of the third annual event of Project Endo,
All of us in gynecologic oncology congratulate you and sincerely thank you for your commitment and support to improve the care of women with cancer. The funds you have raised with your efforts will help us to go yet one more step in the pursuit towards a cure for gynecological cancers. 
We welcome you to  our team. 

June 4, 2015
On June 13&14, for the 3rd year in a row, CrossFit15Nord will hold Projet Endo, a 2-day workout competition, for benefiting the research on gynecologic oncology at the JGH. The Gyne-Onc team would like to extend a sincere Thank-you for the support and wish the event a great success! For registration and details, click here. 

April 30, 2015

Fourth session of the series 2014-15 presented by the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre:
Cancer's New Era of Promise and Progress
Date: Monday, May 25, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Location: Palmer Theatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 6th floor
1200 Pine Av West, Montreal, H3A  1X1

 May 8th - World Ovarian Cancer Day

DISCLAIMER: The Gynecologic Oncology Team strongly supports the 3rd World Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8, 2015, as well as ovarian cancer awareness. However the information provided on www.ovariancancerday.org, Prevention & Diagnosis in particular, is still controversial as we await further scientific data.

January 19, 2015


Free public forum to mark the World's Cancer Day 2015.
When: Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre Webster Pavilion, Room A1, Montreal Neurological Hospital, 3801 University
Prior registration required. Click here to view flyer. 

November 6, 2014
Second session of the series 2014-15 presented by the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre: 
Technology Meets Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy: Who Would Have Thought?
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Palmer Theatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 6th floor
1200 Pine Av West, Montreal, H3A  1X1

October 16, 2014
First session of the series 2014-2015 presented by the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre:
From Bench to Bedside: Local discoveries with global impact
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Palmer Theatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 6th floor
1200 Pine Av West, Montreal, H3A  1X1

October 9, 2014
The Gyn-Onc Team endorses a recent Medscape article entitled Mythsbuster: Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Cancer that provides the facts to dispel the many myths about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Note: Free registration with Medscape may be required.

September 8, 2014
The Gynecological Support Circle - A program by the JGH Hope & Cope exclusively for women diagnosed with a gynecological cancer
Click the image for more information.


August 25, 2014
In partnership with other institutions of the Rossy Cancer Network (RCN), the Gyn-Onc Clinic will conduct a pilot study entitled Effect of Early Compression Therapy on Incidence of Lymphedema in Patients Treated for Gynecological Cancer. The project was selected as one of the first six recipients of the inaugural RCN Research Fund. Dr. Shannon Salvador is the primary contact person for the clinical site at the JGH. Click here for more information. 

July 3, 2014

Congratulations to Susan Wener, Holistic Consultant for the Gyn-Onc Team, on her newly published book Resilience: a story of courage and triumph in the face of recurrent cancer which can be borrowed from the Patient and Family Resource Centre (A200) and the Hope and Cope library (E730.1) at the JGH. 

June 12, 2014
Your treatment is over and you are feeling ready to get back to normalcy. If you want to know more about intimacy and emotional relationships, having faced cancer, a Certified Consultant, Tobi Klein, is available to you at the Gynecologic Oncology Clinic. For further information and appointment, please contact (514) 340-8222 x 3223.

May 5, 2014

DISCLAIMER: The Gynecologic Oncology Team strongly supports the 2nd World Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8, 2014, as well as ovarian  cancer awareness, but does not endorse the entirety of the information provided on www.ovariancancerday.org.

Get the information you need by attending one of the following free awareness sessions scheduled on May 8, 2014. 

Contact Coralie Desjardins (888 369-2972, ext 3 or cdesjardins@ovariancanada.org) to book your session now.

Centre de recherche clinique et évaluative en oncologie (CRCEO) (L'Hôtel-Dieu de Québec)
6, rue McMahon, Québec
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
JGH Hope & Cope Welness Center / Lou’s House
4635, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal

CHUM Hôpital Notre-Dame – clinique de gynécologie oncologique
1560, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Royal Victoria Hospital – May 6, 2014
687 Pine Avenue West, Montreal (in front of the main cafeteria)
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Get together: Wear Teal and bring your lunch!
Île des Moulins – Terrebonne

Meeting point: Near the cannons
(Facing the Le Snobinard restaurant, 271 boulevards des Braves, Terrebonne)
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

May 1, 2014
Free public forum at McGill University:
Cancer Prevention: Incurable to Incredible

Date: Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Martin Theatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 6th floor
1200 Pine Av West, Montreal, H3A  1X1

April 10, 2014

Crossfit15nord is holding Projet Endo Project on June 14&15, 2014, a workout competition event benefiting the research on gynecologic oncology at the Jewish General Hospital. Go sweat and fundraise for a good cause!
For registration and event details, click here.

January 30 2014
New section on the website: your librarian, with the help and output of the gynonc team, wrote a text about one of the most common questions asked when someone gets a diagnostic of cancer: Why me? See the menu at the left-side of the page to read it!

December 16 2013
Maybe have you heard of the Dr Oz segment on an alleged link between carrying a cell phone in a bra and breast cancer? Here is the answer of a surgical oncologist specialized in breast cancer (spoiler: he says that Dr Oz is wrong)

November 7 2013
A new section on your website!
We added a new section "Videos" in the left-side menu. You will find videos of lectures and presentation gave by Dr Walter Gotlieb as well as the coverage of the 2013 Weekend to End Women`s Cancer, including one with an appearance of Dr Susie Lau! This page will be updated with new videos, when available.

October 10, 2013
Is it your year for a pap smear?
A pap test can save your life!
For the cervical cancer awareness week of October 21-27 2013, come to our free walk-in pap test clinic!
When: Tuesday October 22 and Wednesday October 23 
Time: 16:00 to 19:00 
Where: E-703
This event is organized by the McGill obstetrics/gynecology residents.
Invite your mother, sister, aunt, cousins and friends!

October 7, 2013
A sexologist, Tobi Klein, is available at the gynecologic oncology service. But, if you want to know more about intimacy, sexual intercourse and emotional relationships after the experience of a cancer, you can also assist to a lecture by Sylvie Aubin, psychologist, about this topic. The lecture will be on October 17, from 17:00 to 18:30 at the Wellness Centre, 4635, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine. For more information or to subscribe, please call (514) 340-3616. (the lecture will be held in French)

October 3, 2013
October is the month for breast cancer awareness. To get an overview of the resources suggested by your librarian at the Gynecological Oncology`s Health Information Services, please click here.

September 9, 2013
September is the month for ovarian cancer awareness. For more information about this type of cancer, please see our web page dedicated to this topic or Ovarian Cancer Canada's website.

August 29, 2013

The gynecologic oncology team wish to thanks warmly Crossfit 15Nord for the organization of a competition to raise money for the Research Fund in Gynecologic Oncology of the JGH. We appreciate greatly the initiative and your donation of nearly $2 000. 

August 29 2013 

The walkers for the Weekend to End Women's Cancers raised over $3 million for the Segal Cancer Centre of the JGH. Click here to see the coverage by CTV News, including a short interview with Dr Lau, a member of the gynecologic oncology team, with a cancer survivor.

August 19, 2013 

August 24-25 is the annual walk for the Weekend to End Women's Cancers, benefiting the Segal Cancer Centre of the JGH. Click here to know how to get involved, contribute or attend to this event, that celebrate hope for "every woman's future". 

July 25, 2013 

The Canadian Cancer Society recently launched a text message-based service to help people to stop smoking with frequent sms and support available 24/24. For more information, click here. 

July 11, 2013 

A new valuable addition to our team! Everyone in the gynecologic oncology team wishes a warm welcome to Dr Shannon Salvador at the JGH.

 May 31 2013

June 2 is the National Day for Cancer Survivors  to celebrate those who went through the experience of cancer successfully. 

May 30, 2013 

May 31 is the World No Tobacco Day. If you are thinking about quit smoking or need help to do it, please consider the Smoking Cessation Program offered for free at the hospital or the website I Quit Now.

April 29, 2013

First World Ovarian Cancer Day
May 8, 2013
To educate communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms
DISCLAIMER: The Gynecologic Oncology Team strongly supports the First World Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8, 2013, as well as ovarian  cancer awareness, but does not endorse the entirety of the information provided on this website.

February 11, 2013

The 5th National Conference to Defeat Cancer – Montreal
April 11 - 12, 2013
Patron of the event: Sœur Angèle 
Registration: $57.49 for general public (before March 29, 2013)

January 17, 2013
Free Lecture on Topic of Cancer: Dispel the Myths, Get the Facts
Date: Feb. 4th, 2013, 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:  Montreal Neurological 
Institute and Hospital
RSVP:  January 10 to February 4, 
The lecture is organized by the Cedars Cancer Institute and the Goodman Cancer Research Centre to coincide with the World Cancer Day 2013. Click on the image for details.

December 20, 2012 

On behalf of the Gyn-Onc team, we wish you and your families a very happy holiday season! 
February 11, 2013
The 5th National Conference to Defeat Cancer – Montreal

Date: April 11-12, 2013
Patron of the event: Sœur Angèle  
Location: Montreal Bonaventure Hilton Hotel
                         Registration: $57.49 for general public (before March 29, 2013)
Preliminary Program: http://www.coalitioncancer.com/programme 
For more information about the event: www.conferencecancer.com

January 17, 2013

World Cancer Day 2013: Dispel the Myths, Get the Facts
Date: Feb. 4th, 2013, 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:  Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
RSVP:  January 10 to February 4, 2013 
This free lecture is organized by the Cedars Cancer 
Institute and the Goodman Cancer Research Centre to coincide with the World Cancer Day 2013. Click on the image for details.

November 1, 2012
Date: Monday, November 12, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Martin Theatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building,
1200 Pine Av West, Montreal
Free public forum at McGill University: Cancer Below the Belt – Cervical and Ovarian Cancer
Dr. Walter Gotlieb, Director of the Gyn-Onc Division of the JGH, will be giving two lectures on the following two topics:
New Understanding of Ovarian Cancer and Its Implications for the Present and the Future
Robotics: The new frontier for gynecologic cancer surgery
Registration is required. Sessions will be delivered in English. Question and Answer period will be bilingual. Refreshments will be served.

October 19, 2012
Free Walk-In Pap Clinic offered by the Gyn-Onc Team
Click on the image to open the flyer in PDF

To promote the National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week (October 21-27), the Gyn-Onc team will be running an appointment-free, public, cervical cancer screening clinic. We are inviting you to take advantage of this free service available to you.

Monday Oct. 22nd & Wednesday Oct. 24th, 4 – 7 pm
Location: Pavilion E, Room 703, 3755 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Rd

October 11, 2012
Dinner and Auction Presented by CanCare Foundation & Table 51 Restaurant
Click on the image to open the flyer in PDF
The Gyn-Onc team of the JGH is grateful to help announce the upcoming Charity Dinner & Auction. Proceeds from the event will go to the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) Foundation to benefit the Gy
necologic Oncology Division of the JGH, more specifically the Robotic Assisted Surgery. It is truly inconceivable how much we can accomplish when there is compassion, strength and belief in the human spirit. Please join us for a very special night - we look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Location: Table 51 restaurant, 3035 boul. le Carrefour Laval
Purchase a Ticket: $150/person

For monetary donation or donate a gift for the auction, or for any further information, contact The CanCare Foundation at (514) 219-0380.

September 24, 2012

Oncology Passport 

A useful and effective tool allowing you to keep record of your care experience
Recently modified by the Santé et Services Sociaux du Québec, this booklet is the result of experiences pooled together from people living with cancer as well as nurses and other healthcare professionals who have dedicated time and energy to help meet your needs.
Click on the image to download
the PDF version,
70 pages.
Free hard copy available for patients of the Gyn-Onc Clinic.

August 30, 2012
Knowledge is Power by Ovarian Cancer Canada
This presentation is an education and awareness program designed to help effectively spread the word about the subtle signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer during September, the National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
At Yoga Bliss
September 5, 2012
5:00pm to 6:30pm
3545 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal
(514) 932-7971
Click here for more words about the Awareness Month by the Gyn-Onc team of the JGH.

June 18, 2012
Robot-Assisted Surgery

The Division of Gyn-Onc at the JGH was the first to fully implement robot assisted surgery for gynecologic cancers in Canada in Dec. 2007. Since then, the staff physicians in gynecologic oncology have performed over 500 surgeries with the use of this novel technology resulting in a faster and less painful recovery for patients. This new web section represents a platform to share our knowledge and experience with robot assisted surgery. It contains a summary of the procedure in layman’s terms, patient experience, past press releases, patient education materials developed in-house, as well as the team’s academic activities in this field.  We hope this website will provide a general overview and some insights into the utilization of this surgical technology in the best interest of the population of patients we serve.

April 26, 2012
Gynecologic Oncology Team: Information for Patients and their Families
 Click the image to read.

A new patient education booklet aiming to introduce the Gyn-Onc team members and other JGH resources to help our patients and their families better understand the general care trajectory they need to go through at the clinic is now available online. It is our hope that this booklet will help reduce the distress of newly diagnosed patients and their families and create a more friendly and more transparent environment of care delivered within the team.

Paper copies are being printed and will soon be available in the Clinic.

February 22, 2012
Cancer Patient Information on Sexuality and Fertility

Cancer and cancer treatment can impact on all aspects of an individual's sexuality. To many younger patients, their fertility can be affected too. The new Sexuality and Fertility portal takes you to websites and introduces books that provide trustworthy and easy to understand information on this topic. Note that information provided from the recommended resources should not be considered as medical advice. It should either not be used in place of your consult with your doctor or other healthcare professional at the Gyn-Onc Clinic.

January 5, 2012
Latest Research Findings by the Gyn-Onc Team
Intravenous aflibercept for treatment of recurrent symptomatic malignant ascites in patients with advanced ovarian cancer: a phase 2, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The Lancet Oncology, Early Online Publication, 21 December 2011.
The build-up of excessive fluid filled with cancer cells in the abdomen (known as malignant ascites) is a painful complication common in advanced ovarian cancer. The study, published Online First in the prestigious British journal The Lancet Oncology, shows the effectiveness of VEGF blockade in the reduction of malignant ascites, but confirms the significant clinical risk of fatal bowel perforation in this population of patients with very advanced cancer. “VEGF blockade should be used with caution in advanced ovarian cancer with abdominal carcinomatosis, and the benefit–risk balance should be thoroughly discussed for each patient,” the authors conclude. For more information, visit the website of The Lancet Oncology.

December 9, 2011
More Canadian Patient Education Materials on Gynecologic Cancer
Click on the image to go to the website.
Abreast & the Rest: women's breast gynecologic cancer newsletter
A free quarterly newsletter with articles on new emerging research, personal journeys and healthy living. It is produced by the BC / Yukon Women's Cancer Alliance to provide current and accurate information to women living with breast and gynecological cancers, their families, and supporters. The newsletter is available in both web and PDF format.

Taking it Step by Step: a guide for women diagnosed with gynecological cancer
A guide created by survivors and health care professionals of the BC
Cancer Agency
. It covers all aspects of the patient journey and aims to help both new and established patients.The development story of the guide has been featured in the Abreast & the Rest 2011 Fall edition (Vol.2 No.4 page 5).

Click on the image to open the document. PDF, 40 pages

November 21, 2011

Ovarian cancer… what is the status of research?
Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Café des Beaux-Arts
               1384, Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal

Ovarian Cancer Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), invites you to a Café scientifique. The activity is free. Presentations will be given in French - questions will be answered in both official languages.
RSVP: mbeauprelazure@ovairecanada.org

E-Handbook Recommendations
American Society Clinical Oncology (ASCO) patient education series - Cancer Survivorship
ASCO is now offering a new booklet entitled Cancer Survivorship: next steps for patients and their families (PDF, 28 pages), aimed at helping survivors and their loved ones prepare for life post-treatment.

American Society Clinical Oncology (ASCO) patient education series - Cancer in Older Adults
Older adults with cancer and their families often have different needs from the other age groups. If you are a cancer patient over 65 years old, you may find the booklet entitled Cancer in Older Adults (PDF, 40 pages) worth reading. The information in the booklet is adapted from the ASCO Curriculum, Cancer Care in the Older Population, an educational resource developed by ASCO for doctors and other health-care professionals who treat people with cancer.

November 17, 2011
Massage Therapy: Much More Than a Relaxing Experience
Monday, November 21 at 7 p.m.
  Sandra Avendano 
Martin Picard
Visit The 1-in-3 Educational Forum website for more detailed information.

October 24, 2011

Appointment-free cervical cancer screening on Thursday, October 27
To promote the National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week (October 23-29), the Gyn-Onc Clinic, together with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, will be running an appointment-free, public, cervical cancer screening clinic on Thursday, Oct. 27th, 2011, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We are inviting you to take advantage of this service offered to the public by the JGH.
Location: JGH Women’s Care Centre, 5790 Côte-des-Neiges Rd., Pavilion H, 3rd floor.


The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium: Alternative Medicine Under the Microscope

Monday, November 7 to Tuesday, November 8
Regardless of one's views on Alternative Medicine, there is no question that the subject merits discussion. Sponsored by the Trottier Family Foundation, the Symposium is held annually at McGill University to support its efforts in scientific education. 

October 6, 2011

Two ancient allies join the modern war against cancer: Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine
Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m.
  Aina Zhang, M.D.
James Wang
Visit The 1-in-3 Educational Forum website for more detailed information.

July 18, 2011
Ovarian Cancer Canada Knowledge Centre
Ovarian Cancer Canada has recently launched its Knowledge Centre to help strengthen the understanding of ovarian cancer. On the site, the Knowledge link contains multimedia presentations on basic information about the cancer. At the end of each module, users will be given the chance to take a quiz to test their knowledge and share what they have learned with the important women of their lives. The Library link provides a wide variety of downloadable resources for additional learning.

June 16, 2011
Your Robotic Surgery
A patient education booklet on robotic assisted surgery for gynecologic cancer is now available online for your easier access. Developed by the Gyn-Onc Clinic of the Jewish General Hospital, the booklet provides answers to the most common questions that are asked by patients who are recommended to undergo a surgery. It is aimed at helping patients and their families understand and prepare for the surgery. It also explains what to expect and how to take care of yourself after the operation.
To open the brochure, click on the image. Paper copies are being printed and will soon be available in the Clinic.

May 16, 2011
"Walk with us!"
August 27-28, 2011

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Participating in last year's Weekend to End Women's Cancers was a fabulous, collegial, and growing experience for all the members of the Turqwise Team. We are dedicated to making a difference, with a special focus on gynecological tumors. This year we are participating once again! On August 27-28, we will be raising funds by walking 60 kilometres for two days or 32 kilometres for one day through the neighbourhoods of Montreal.

We invite you to be a part of our journey and walk with us. Together we can make a difference!
For more information, visit our Turqwise Team at the Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women's Cancers.

Teleconference - Wake Up Call! Dealing with Insomnia on Caring Voices
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 12pm (ET)
Insomnia is a common problem for women with ovarian cancer. It can manifest as difficulty falling asleep, multiple awakenings during the night, or early morning awakenings with the inability to get back to sleep. Join this online chat at CaringVoices.ca. Ask Dr. Josée Savard your questions about your sleeplessness and how to manage it. She has researched many aspects of this disorder and the cancer experience.

May 10, 2011
The Segal Cancer Centre of the Jewish General Hospital presents: 1-in-3 Inaugural Lecture Series
  Richard Béliveau Wed. April 27
Dr. Robert Kilgour Tue. May 10
Dr. Amir Raz Thurs. June 2
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Visit The 1-in-3 Integrative Health Educational Forum website for more detailed information.

May 5, 2011
Teleconference - Living with Lymphedema
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
8:00pm – 9:00 pm (ET)
Lymphedema can occur months to years following surgery for ovarian cancer, particularly if lymph nodes have been removed. It can be a distressing problem. Learn about how it is diagnosed, the risks and treatment. Get a patient’s perspective and discover useful resources.

Mar. 21, 2011

Advances in Treating Chemotherapy-Related Nausea and Vomiting
Date: Mar. 23rd, 2011, 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET
The workshop is one of the year-round free Connect® Education Workshops that CancerCare offers for people to learn about cancer-related issues from the convenience of their home or office. These workshops are accessible through telephone or via live streaming through the internet.

Cancer Survivorship Series: Living With, Through and Beyond Cancer
CancerCare will be offering a Cancer Survivorship Series: Living With, Through and Beyond Cancer from April to July 2011. The series consists of four workshops that will take place on Tuesdays, from 1:30-2:30 pm ET - April 12, May 10, June 14 and July 12.

Podcasts and MP3 of the past workshops are available from the “Calendar of Events”. Should you need more information, contact CancerCare at 1-800-813-HOPE or info@cancercare.org.

Feb. 28, 2011
Gloria’s Girls Patient Gifts
In the next two weeks, patients followed in the gyn-onc clinic of the JGH will be receiving ECOCERT certified organic body care gifts.The gynonc team would like to express their gratitude to Gloria’s Girls for their thoughtful contribution to women’s well-being. Gloria’s Girls aims at increasing awareness of ovarian cancer and fundraising for state of the art cancer research. For more information about Gloria’s Girls, please visit the website of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation.

Feb. 3, 2011
Latest News on Robotic Surgery in Gazette
Robot-assisted surgery is both safer for patients and more cost-effective for hospitals than the conventional way of going under the knife, conclude two new studies by researchers at the Jewish General Hospital.

Jan. 27, 2011
Research Updates on Ovarian Cancer
Join Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden to hear research development on ovarian cancer and ask your questions. Dr. Vanderhyden is a researcher at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Corinne Boyer Chair in Ovarian Cancer Research.
Date: February 23, 2011, noon – 1 pm (ET)

Fish Out of Water – Men being helpful to women who have cancer on Caring Voices
This online chat will be helpful and illuminating for men who have a spouse who has ovarian cancer and women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who want some insight into what might be going through their spouse’s mind.
Date: March 23, 2011, noon – 1 pm (ET)

Jan. 24, 2011
The booklet Facing Forward: Making a Difference in Cancer (.pdf) by the National Cancer Institute has been completely revised and is now available online. It is designed for cancer survivors and those who have taken care of someone with cancer.

Jan. 12, 2011
Robot-assisted surgery dramatically improves outcomes in patients with uterine, endometrial, and cervical cancer, said researchers at the Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research.

Dec. 20, 2010
Goodman Cancer Research Centre Public Forum - Session 3 : Stem cells and Cancer: "Friends or Foes?"
Date: Mar. 24, 2011
Registration Free
View video of Session 1: Agents and diseases that trigger cancer : "Can you catch cancer?"