Supportive Care professionals at the Regional Cancer Centre provide services 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 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.
Good nutrition is important to give you energy, keep you feeling strong, and help you maintain a healthy weight. Sometimes, nutrition-related problems can occur due to the cancer itself or the effects of treatments.
The Registered Dietitian has skills and training to help you manage nutrition-related problems, and answer questions about your nutritional needs. Registered Dietitians are regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario, and work closely with 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 1-877-696-7223 ext. 7310.
Lymphedema is swelling 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 Lymphedema Clinic.
For more information, please phone (807)684-6270 .
For more information, please phone (807) 684-6270.
As part of the Head and Neck Cancer Team, the Speech Language Pathologist helps to manage any swallowing and communication difficulties that may arise for people diagnosed with cancers of the mouth, face, neck, throat and larynx, as well as, helping them with any difficulties that may occur because of side effects from cancer treatment.
Assessment and intervention will focus on the following goals:
For more information or to make an appointment with the Speech Language Pathologist, 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.
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.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 possibly through a compassionate program.
The Drug Access Navigator can help if you:
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.