Clinics and Programs

Regional Cancer Care Northwest has developed a number of clinics and programs to assist cancer patients and their families. They cover various points of the cancer journey from treatment to recovery and beyond. These programs are designed to help lessen the burden of that journey, and improve overall wellness.

These programs include:

  • BLISS Clinic – Balancing Life, Intimacy, Sexuality and Survivorship
  • Lymphedema Clinic – For patients who develop or are at risk of developing lymphedema.
  • Palliative Pain and Symptom Clinic – Pain and symptom management for people living with cancer
  • Smoking Cessation Services title
  • Transition Clinic – Referring medical care back to the primary care provider
  • WE-Can® – Wellness and Exercise Program

Find out more about each clinic and program below.

Bliss Clinic: Balancing Life, Intimacy, Sexuality and Survivorship

The BLISS Clinic is a Nurse-led sexuality clinic designed to help patients and/or family members who are dealing with intimacy and sexuality concerns as a result of cancer treatment.

  • The nurse will work with you to find solutions for any physical or emotional issues you are facing. If needed, the nurse can refer you to other members of the health care team.
  • Counsellors are available to discuss emotional adjustment and coping concerns.
  • A doctor is available to talk with you about your health concerns.

For more information or to book an appointment, please phone (807)684-7200 or toll-free 1-877-696-7223.

Lymphedema Clinic

The Lymphedema Clinic is available for cancer patients who develop or are at risk for lymphedema.

A registered physiotherapist trained in lymphedema will develop a customized treatment plan and help you set goals focused on learning lymphedema prevention and self-management skills.

  • The clinic can authorize funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for compression modification devices, covering a portion of the cost.
  • Patients travelling from the region may apply for the Northern Health Travel Grant to attend this clinic at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
  • Appointments are scheduled in-person for patients in our Hospital and for patients who live locally.
  • If you live in the region, appointments can be arranged using Telemedicine Services

For more information or to book an appointment, please phone (807)684-7200 or toll-free 1-877-696-7223.

Palliative Pain and Symptom Clinic

The Palliative Pain and Symptom Clinic provides excellent pain and symptom management for people living with cancer as well as assessing the psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones. The goal is to improve the quality of living and dying for patients and their families who are coping with challenging, advanced, or life-threatening illness.

The team works together with patients and families, providing pain and symptom management at every stage of the patient’s disease.

Patients and families can meet with the team in a few different ways:

  • in-person at the Regional Cancer Centre
  • connecting through Telemedicine Services from a health facility near the patient’s home
  • connecting from home using an iPad or tablet and videoconferencing technology

If you would like to be referred to the Palliative Pain and Symptom Clinic, please talk to your health care provider. If you have questions, you can phone (807)684-7200 or toll-free 1-877-696-7223 ext. 7202. Email us at

Smoking Cessation Services

Smoking cessation services are offered to all cancer patients and their families through the Regional Cancer Centre. Your nurse or doctor at the Cancer Centre will ask you if you smoke. If you smoke, a referral will be sent to our Nurse Practitioner. The Nurse Practitioner will call to offer you a smoking cessation appointment.

  • Smoking cessation at our Regional Cancer Centre is free of charge, provides personalized advice, counselling and a way to create a quit/reduction plan.
  • Being smoke free is the single best thing you can do to prevent illness and stay healthy.
  • Visit to find a list of smoking cessation help available in Northwestern Ontario

Transition Clinic

When treatment is complete you may no longer need to see a cancer doctor for your follow-up care. Your cancer doctor will connect you with the Transition Clinic.

The Transition Clinic team will arrange an appointment with you to review your health and treatment summary. The team will recommend important follow-up care with your primary health care provider.

At this appointment you will learn:

  • long-term strategies to monitor your health
  • how to manage side effects from cancer treatment
  • how to monitor your health for cancer recurrence
  • be given a copy of your treatment summary and recommendations for follow-up. The same document is provided to your primary health care provider (family doctor, family health care team or nurse practitioner).

While transitioning from the Regional Cancer Centre, you can access our Supportive Care services for support to help you connect to community resources. Phone 807-684-7310 or toll free 1-877-696-7223 ext. 7310.

WE-Can®: Wellness and Exercise Program

WE-Can® is a 10-week wellness and exercise program for individuals living with cancer. This program is offered to patients of the Regional Cancer Centre who are in active treatment or up to five years post-treatment.

This program offers:

  • individualized exercise programs
  • a positive support network with others undergoing similar cancer treatment
  • a safe, private, small group environment
  • supervision by certified exercise professionals

A referral from your cancer doctor or primary care provider is required. For more information, please speak to any member of your health care team about a referral to the program or contact the WE-Can® program directly at (807) 684-7237 or email 

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