You’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer

The time leading up to and following a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and that’s normal. The feelings you are experiencing are yours – but remember, you’re not alone. And this website is here to help. As you start your experience, you’ll learn that there are many different types of breast cancer, various ways of diagnosing and categorizing your cancer and different ways to prepare for treatment.

Learn about your breast cancer treatment options

Treatments for breast cancer have improved significantly over the past decade. Women now have more options than ever before. Learn about the different treatments you may be discussing with your doctor.  

What to expect when you’re in treatment

Your experience with breast cancer is unique based on your diagnosis, what treatments you get and your body’s own responses to treatment. Learn about what you may expect when you’re in treatment: common side effects and how to manage them; tests to monitor your health; and other ways to improve your overall well-being.

After treatment and beyond

Breast cancer can affect you even after your treatments are over, and your approach to health and staying healthy might be more of a priority than it was before. Learn about some of the effects breast cancer and treatment may have on you and ways to improve your overall health.

Are you a caregiver?

As a caregiver, you may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, stressed, scared and helpless. It’s normal to feel this way – your life has changed too. As you adapt to a new normal, remember that you are not alone. Learn about what you can do to support your loved one, and how being a caregiver may affect you.  

Steering committee

This website was developed by a Steering Committee of health care providers and patient organizations, with financial support from Hoffmann-La Roche Limited (Roche Canada), to help inform, empower and provide support for women living with breast cancer, as well as their family and caregivers.  


Members of the Steering Committee:

  • Dr. Karen Gelmon, Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and  Medical Oncologist at British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA), Chair of Steering Committee
  • Cathy Ammendolea, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN)
  • Debbie Blais, RN, MN Nurse Navigator, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Dr. Nadia Califaretti, Medical Oncologist at Grand River Regional Cancer Centre
  • Flay Charbonneau, Pharmacy Manager at Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Inara Karrei, Nurse Educator at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre