Men and women, ages 50 years and over, should complete a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every 2 years if they have no family history of colorectal cancer.
Only 25.1% of eligible men and women complete their FOBT kits in Northwestern Ontario.
Talk to your friends and family about the importance of screening.
Cancer impacts your life in many ways besides just your health. You may need help with finances, translation and interpretation, and day-to-day support during your cancer journey. Below are some of the programs and services that may be able to help, including:
If you require help connecting with any of these or other community resources, please call Supportive Care and ask to speak with one of our social workers. You can phone directly at (807) 684-7310 or toll-free at 1-877-696-7223 ext. 7310.
You may need to take time off work when you are ill. It is important to find out what types of benefits you may have. Applying and being approved for benefits can take time so we encourage you to review this right away. Check with your employer to determine if you have sickness or disability benefits and ask them how you can apply for these benefits.
Cancer and Work
The Cancer and Work website was designed to address the unique needs of cancer survivors with returning, remaining, changing work or looking for work after a diagnosis of cancer. The website provides newly created information, resources, and interactive tools for cancer survivors, health care providers and employers.
You may be eligible to apply for financial support through one of these government programs that support illness and disability.
Offers a variety of benefits and plans to eligible people such as:
Municipal program offered through your local Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program
Provincial program offered through the Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Drug Benefits Program (ODB)
Drug programs including Trillium Drug Program, through Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
First Nations and Inuit Health: Non-Insured Health Benefits
The Non-Insured Health Benefits Program is Health Canada's national, medically necessary health benefit program that provides coverage for a specified range of drugs, dental care, vision care, medical supplies and equipment, mental health counselling and medical transportation for eligible First Nations people and Inuit.
If you require health-related services, please contact your local Health Centre or Band Office, or phone Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health, General Enquires Information Line at 1-800-640-0642.
You and your family may need assistance in your home to manage health issues. Speak to a member of your health care team for more information about community programs.
Canadian Cancer Society
Provides educational materials for cancer patients/families as well as information about support services including peer support and transportation services.
If you are living with cancer or are the family member of someone living with cancer, please phone: 1-888-939-3333 (provincially), or locally, call:
Health and Community Care: North West Local Health Integration Network
Serving Northwestern Ontario and covering the Districts of Thunder Bay, Rainy River Districts, and Kenora. Offers a wide range of health care services and resources to support patients at home.
General enquires and to request services: toll-free at 310-2222 – no area code is required
In Thunder Bay, please phone directly at: (807) 345-7339
If you require help connecting with translation and interpretive services, ask any member of your health care team. You may also phone Supportive Care and ask to speak with one of our social workers at (807) 684-7310 or toll free 1-877-696-7223 ext 7310.
Thunder Bay Multicultural Association
Provides interpreters and translators for multilingual requests including health care, social services, legal issues, counselling and other services. Phone: (807) 345-0551 or toll-free 1-866-831-1144.
L’ Accueil Francophone de Thunder Bay
Offers interpretation services between French-speaking clients and health care professionals in a confidential and professional manner. Phone: (807) 684-1940.
Ontario Interpreting Services
Book an American Sign Language (ASL), Langues de Signes Quebecois (LSQ) interpreter by contacting Ontario Interpreting Services. Phone: 1-855-656-3748, TTY: 1-877-843-0368, Skype: callous.chs, fax 1-855-656-3750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Interpreting Services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Phone: 1-866-256-5142, TTY: 1-866-831-4657, email: email@example.com or SMS/Text: 1-905-971-0564 (charge may apply).