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Community Health Programs

  • Presentations provided on various types of cancer, sun safety, nutrition and living smoke free available upon request.  Contact the office for more information.

Resource Library

  • Borrow material or read in the lounge at the Central Plains Cancer Services office (318 Saskatchewan Avenue E, Portage la Prairie) to learn about your diagnosis and how to cope.  Find out about other programs and services that can help you through your journey.

School Health Programs 

  • Respect the Sun (Grades K-12) - Teaches children the best strategies for protecting their skin and practicing safety in the sun.
  • Living Smoke Free (Grades K-12) - Educates children about the harmful effects of tobacco.  Your students are given the refusal skills and knowledge to assist them in making healthy decisions.
  • Nutrition (Grades K-12) - Helps your students develop the basic skills of good nutrition.  Teaches essential information required to make informed nutritional choices.
  • The Important of a Pelvic Exam (Grades 9 - 12) - Teaches students about pelvic anatomy, examinations and PAP smears.  Our educators will strive to overcome apprehension and encourage your female students to adopt these practices as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Testicular Self-Examination Awareness (Grades 9 - 12) - A multi-media presentation is used to explain the proper techniques to perform monthly self-examinations.  Our educators will provide general health information addressing the growth and development process in boys.

Transportation Program

  • Get a ride to your cancer-related medical appointments throughout Manitoba.  A Central Plains Cancer Services driver will pick you up at home, drive you to your appointment, and then return you back to your home.  A family member is welcome to travel with you.  The cost for each round trip is $25.  For distances less that 20 km or local trips the cost is $10.  Central Plains Cancer Services covers all relevant parking fees and meals for drivers. ​​  For a list of drivers in your area or for more information contact the office.

Support Group for Cancer Patients and Survivors

  • Contact: Linda Picard
  • Phone: 204-240-0770
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month (except July & August)
  • Regency House, 164 5th Street SE, Portage la Prairie

Kids Can Cope Program

  • This program is designed for children and/or teens who have or had a parent, grandparent, sibling or family member affected by cancer.  They will learn resiliency, coping skills and understanding feelings.  Events include weekend camps, community activities and special events.  Program information, dates and times will be announced throughout the year. 

Cancer Support Group for Women

  • Contact: Mary Ellen Clark
  • Phone: 204-476-6077
  • Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each Month
  • United Church, 475 Mountain Avenue, Neepawa, MB

Hearts of Hope Program

  • Our Hearts of Hope program may provide wishes, gifts, special events, and assistance with expenses.  Family members, friends, teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers, etc. can refer/submit requests for individuals or families dealing with cancer to our program.  Our Hearts of Hope committee reviews the referrals and requests as received.  

Caregiver Cafe

  • Contact: Sharilyn Knox
  • Phone: 204-857-6100
  • 3rd Thursday of every month from 10am-11am
  • Central Plains Cancer Services Office, 318 Sask Ave East

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Head Coverings

  • Various styles, colours and material offer a wide selection free of charge for you to choose from if you are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment.  Head coverings are a more breathable option compared to wigs and allow you to look your best.  Head coverings are provided by a large group of community volunteers throughout our region.