Be the Choice Pilot Study: University of Ottawa

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Selam Ogbalidet (MD2022), Mina Boshra (MD2022), and Melanie Grondin (MD/PhD), three medical students at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, are conducting a pilot study that seeks to evaluate the utility of the Be the Choice (BTC) Decision Trees for patients with breast cancer who are undergoing breast reconstruction.  Alongside Dr. Jing Zhang, staff […]

Executive Director Named to Order of Ontario

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On January 1st, 2021, our Executive Director, Prof. Melanie Adrian, was appointed to the 2019 Order of Ontario. The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest civilian honour. Prof. Adrian has demonstrated excellence and achievement through her work as a scholar, activist and human rights professor. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Be […]

A Note on COVID-19

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At Be the Choice, we’ve always said that cancer patients need choices now more than ever before. This is especially true in the COVID-19 era. COVID has placed an immense burden on our health care system, resulting in delayed treatments, cancelled surgeries and postponed appointments.  As we try to cope (and beat) COVID-19, cancer patients […]

New Year, New Body, New Boob(s)

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The ball is about to drop. Whilst many will be celebrating the turn of 2019, this will be a very different year for the 27,000 or so Canadians who will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Once breast cancer has been confirmed, the first treatment option is often surgery. No matter how skilled your surgeon, it […]

Welcome to the BTC Treatment Decision ToolHave you or someone you love recently received a diagnosis of breast cancer?

Whether you received a diagnosis yesterday or three months ago, you are likely dealing with an upheaval in your life as you’ve known it. Perhaps you have also started the process of meeting with your doctors to discuss what treatment options are available, and which therapies (or combination of therapies) will be the best for you. It is a lot of information to sort through and make sense of.

So we’re here to help.

The team at Be the Choice are a diverse group of women and men who have had experiences with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Some of us have undergone treatment for breast cancer, some of us have provided care for a loved one who has been through treatment, and some of us are physicians and other health care professionals who provide treatment to breast cancer patients.

United in our concern that all people who receive a diagnosis of breast cancer should have access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment information in a comfortable and user-friendly format, we designed this interactive treatment decision tool.

How to use:

Your diagnosis of breast cancer has come with an assessment of your unique clinical and hormonal characteristics. These should be carefully discussed with your medical team and deliberated carefully in advance of any treatment decisions.

This tool will enable you to get to know the “big picture” as well as the “individual picture” behind any breast cancer treatment decision, and to become an active participant in determining your own treatment process. You are the ultimate decision-maker in this process. We hope that you will use the information on this website to inform and empower yourself.

What this tool is not designed to do is deliver individual treatment recommendations. It should be used as a way to get a sense of the full range of treatments available to you as well as what your own treatment plan might look like given your unique profile.