The Thunder Bay Health Sciences Foundation’s Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign (ECC) is helping raise $5.9-million in community funds to put state-of-the-art equipment in the hands of our local cancer care professionals so they can provide exceptional cancer diagnosis, treatment and research for the people of Northwestern Ontario.
Every cancer is different just as every patient is different. That is why your cancer care team will develop a treatment plan that addresses your cancer and your life circumstances. We care for the patient and their families as well as treat the disease. We work with you to find treatment options that best meet your health goals and wishes.
On this page, you will find general information about your cancer care. If you ever have questions about your care, your health, or what to expect in your cancer journey, write the questions down so that you can discuss them with your cancer care team during your appointments.
Many different health care staff may be involved with your care.
Your cancer care team may consist of:
Members of this health care team are skilled in cancer diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, pain and symptom management, supportive care, and palliative care.
The most important member of your cancer care team is you. We encourage you and your family to ask questions and participate in discussions with your health care team. Patients who are more involved in their own health care tend to have better results. We also advise that you continue to meet with your primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner, etc.) regarding your treatment and for other health issues.
If you require an aid to help you hear the voice of your doctor, nurse or health care team member, voice amplifiers are available at the Regional Cancer Centre. Please ask your health care team or one of the volunteers to provide you with a voice amplifier that you can use during your appointment.
There are three major ways to treat cancer. You may need one of these treatments or a combination of them. You and your health care team will work together to develop a treatment plan that is best for you.
Your treatment is tailored to you and may include:
The Regional Cancer Centre pharmacy team is committed to excellence in pharmaceutical cancer care. The pharmacy team works closely with our cancer doctors and other members of the health care team to ensure patients on treatment have the most appropriate drug therapy.
The pharmacy staff completes detailed work to ensure patients are provided with customized treatment at each and every visit to the clinic. We focus on patient and staff safety.
Pharmacists are an excellent resource. They provide education that helps to ensure patients feel confident managing their drug therapy.
Pharmacists can provide you and your family with information about:
If patients are prescribed oral chemotherapy (chemotherapy pills taken by mouth) they will be asked to speak with our pharmacist at an arranged appointment.
What to bring to your appointment with the pharmacist:
A printable checklist is available here.
Our hospital has a specialty pharmacy that supports cancer care. Patients can take prescriptions for cancer treatment to this pharmacy to be filled. The specialty pharmacy provides many services to cancer patients:
The Specialty Pharmacy is located on Level 3 of the Regional Cancer Centre
Hour of Operation: Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Phone: (807) 684-7242
Our Centre Oncologist’s actively conduct and participate in Clinical Trials. A Clinical Trial is a type of research study that helps to find new methods for diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing cancer. Your medical record may be reviewed by your Oncologist and a Clinical Research Nurse to check if you are eligible to be offered participation in one of our current trials. Choosing to participate in a Clinical Trial is completely voluntary.
For information about clinical trials, please call us at (807) 684-7566 or toll-free 1-877-696-7223 ext. 7566. You can also visit the Clinical Research Services Department webpage.