Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE Grant, renal patients now have access to new tuck-away belts that comfortably and safely house the patient’s catheter, keep it clean between uses, and hold it in the appropriate position on the abdomen. Over 100 belts have been purchased to provide to patients who can’t afford them. As well, aging hemodialysis machines are replaced annually through grants from the Health Sciences Foundation.
Supportive Care services at Regional Cancer Care provide care for patients and their families during and after cancer treatment. These services are designed to support patients and families throughout the cancer journey. Supportive Care services are provided in four general areas:
Information on each of these areas is provided below.
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.
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.
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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 more information on nutrition and cancer, please click on the links below.
Eating Guidelines After a Cancer Diagnosis
Eating Guidelines After a Cancer Diagnosis: The Immune System
Guidelines After a Cancer Diagnosis: Dietary Supplements
Eating Guidelines for Cancer Survivors
Counsellors with specialties in social work and psychology provide free and confidential services for cancer patients and their families. Counsellors can help you and your family to:
For information or to make an appointment with one of the counsellors or the Registered Dietitian, please phone (807) 684-7310 or toll-free 1-877-696-7223 ext 7310.
To contact the Indigenous Patient Navigator, please phone the directly at (807) 684-4324 or toll-free 1-877-696-7223 ext 4324.