Timely diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer was enhanced through $350,000 in grants from the Health Sciences Foundation. A new digital mammography unit purchased for the Linda Buchan Centre is capable of exact and accurate placement of the needle for the tissue sample for breast biopsy.
The number of people living with cancer is increasing. Although this is clearly a good thing, survivors face unique issues that need to be addressed. This page contains resources for survivorship, including a list of recommended information and resources for the transition clinic.
Upon completion of successful treatment, cancer patients entering the survivorship phase of their cancer journey can face a number of physical, psychological, social, spiritual and financial issues. This is why the appropriate coordination of care at this stage is important when caring for these individuals.
Since 2010, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s Regional Cancer Centre has been transitioning patients back to their primary care providers. This transition is coordinated through the Transition Clinic with the aim to prepare and support patients as well as their providers, and to encourage a goal of standardized surveillance care.
Once referred by their oncologist and reviewed by the oncology nurse, patients are booked for an appointment to be seen at the Transition Clinic. At their appointment, their oncologic history is reviewed including diagnostics, treatments, and complications/ongoing symptoms as well as a review of any previously or currently accessed support programs such as the BLISS Clinic, social work, dietitian services, etc.
Providers will receive a note from the Transition Clinic saying that their patient has been discharged and advising them of upcoming transition documentation. Primary care providers and patients then receive two documents: one document outlines the patient’s oncology summary and the other document is a follow-up document which outlines evidence-based follow-up recommendations. Click the two links below to view examples:
Kathy Bean, Transition Clinic Nurse Practitioner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (807) 684-7200
Karen Melenchuck, Transition Clinic Nurse Email: email@example.com Phone: (807) 684-7033
Pink Notes for Primary Care (Breast Cancer)
Blue Notes for Primary Care (Colorectal Cancer)
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
US National Cancer Institute
The Wellness and Exercise Program for Individuals with Cancer (WE-Can) is a 10-week wellness and exercise program for individuals living with cancer. Research has shown that regular physical activity can help to prevent chronic disease, but it has also shown that for people who have cancer it can help to improve strength, fitness, mood, and quality of life. This evidence-based program offers:
WE-Can is available for patients of Regional Cancer Care Northwest at our Hospital who are in active treatment or up to five years post-treatment. Patients may be referred by their oncologist or their primary care provider. Staff will then conduct an assessment to determine the suitability of the program for the patient.
Referral Form: http://www.tbrhsc.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/WE-Can_brochure_2015.pdf