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.
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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 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.