Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has been a recipient of this award in 2007, 2009, and 2011
Supportive Care services are available at the Regional Cancer Centre to provide care and support for patients and their families during and after cancer treatment. These services are meant to help you and your family through your cancer journey.
Information on each of these supportive care services is listed below.
“Psychosocial Oncology is a specialty in cancer care concerned with understanding and treating the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual, quality-of-life, and functional aspects of cancer, from prevention through bereavement. It is a whole-person approach to cancer care that addresses a range of very human needs that can improve quality of life for people affected by cancer.” (CAPO, 2010.)
Social Workers and Psychologists provide free and confidential counselling services for people living with cancer and their families.
Social Workers and Psychologists can help you and your family:
Financial resources and income replacement programs if you are off work:
Travel and lodging resources that support patients travelling to medical appointments:
Northern Health Travel Grant printable form
For information or to make an appointment with the Social Worker or Psychologist, please phone (807) 684-7310 or toll-free 1-877-696-7223ext 7310.
Good nutrition is important to give you energy, keep you strong, and support your immune system during and after treatment. Sometimes, nutrition-related problems can occur due to the cancer itself or the effects of treatments such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery. This makes it difficult to maintain good nutrition.
The Registered Dietitian has unique skills and training to help you manage nutrition-related problems, and answer questions about your diet and nutritional needs. Registered Dietitians, who are regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario, work closely with doctors, nurses and other members of your health care team.
The Registered Dietitian provides evidence-based nutritional care for people who:
For information or to make an appointment with the Registered Dietitian, please phone (807) 684-7310 or toll-free 1-877-696-7223ext 7310.
For more information on nutrition and cancer, please click on the links below.
Lymphedema is swelling that is caused by a large amount of lymph fluid in the tissues. A registered physiotherapist trained in lymphedema treatment helps people living with cancer who develop or are at risk of developing lymphedema.
The registered physiotherapist meets with patients to:
Appointments are scheduled in-person for in-patients of our Hospital and for out-patients who live locally. If you live in the region, appointments can be arranged using teleconferencing technology.
Talk with your doctor if you are concerned about being at risk of developing lymphedema or if you feel you may have lymphedema. Ask about being referred to the registered physiotherapist.
Doctors fax referral forms to (807) 684-5835.
For more information, please phone (807) 684-6270.
Many patients require additional specialized services, such as:
Please speak with your health care team about an appropriate referral.
The Indigenous Patient Navigator is available for guidance and support when you and your family are unfamiliar with medical systems, do not speak English, and/or have travelled a long distance for treatment.
To contact the Indigenous Patient Navigator, please phone (807) 684-4324 or toll-free 1-877-696-7223 ext 4324.
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Prescription drug access is an important part of your cancer treatment. The Drug Access Navigator will help you to access the most appropriate prescription drug coverage, whether through government programs, your insurance company or through a compassionate program.
The Drug Access Navigator can help:
For help to obtain drug coverage, please phone (807) 684-7269 or toll-free 1-877-696-7223 ext 7269 to speak with the Drug Access Navigator.