Through the generosity of donors, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation has been able to continue its strong support for cardiac care at TBRHSC with $274,000 in grants to purchase new, specialized pieces of equipment such as a unit for the Cardiac Cath Lab that clears away hardened plaque from arteries and help locate veins deep inside the body for pacemaker insertion. As well, a second life-saving intra-aortic balloon pump, which opens up arteries to restore blood flow after a major heart attack or failure, ensures 24/7 coverage for patients.
Every cancer is different just as every patient is different. That’s why your cancer care team will develop a treatment plan that addresses you cancer AND your life circumstances. We care for the patient and their families as well as treat the disease, working with you to find treatment options that best suit your health goals and wishes.
On this page, you’ll find general information about your cancer care. If you ever have any questions about your care, your health, or any other aspect of your cancer journey, jot the question down and discuss it with your cancer care team at your next appointment.
Your Cancer Care Team
Many different health care staff may be involved with your care. Your cancer care team may consist of cancer doctors, nurses, pharmacists, radiation therapists, counsellors with specialties in social work or psychology, a registered dietitian, support staff and students from these disciplines who are training to become health care providers. This team is 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 discussion with your health care team. Patients who are more engaged 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 overall health.
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 that you can use during your visit. Please ask your health care team or one of the volunteers.
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 entire pharmacy staff provides 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.
A Clinical Trial is a type of research study that helps to find new ways to diagnose, treat, manage or prevent cancer. Cancer clinical trials test new drugs, new approaches to radiation or surgery, or any combination of these. Screening trials try to find better ways to detect cancer early.
Clinical trials have their own risks and benefits, and participation is entirely voluntary. If a clinical trial is a good fit for you, your cancer care team and/or a member of the Clinical Research Services Department will discuss these risks and benefits with you. You can also ask your health care team and/or your primary care provider about what clinical trials may be available to you.
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.
Visit www.ItStartsWithMe.ca for general information about clinical trials.