Treatment

a nurse at the Durham Regional Cancer Centre

Once a cancer diagnosis has been confirmed for your patient, they will begin treatment. There are several different ways to treat cancer including:

The oncology team works with each patient to develop a treatment plan that is best for them. Treatment can vary from patient to patient. Some may undergo only one type of treatment, others may experience a combination. Some patients may be eligible for a clinical trial which may include surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

We currently treat the following cancers:

  • Colon, Rectal and Stomach
  • Breast
  • Bladder and Prostate
  • Some Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • Lung and Esophageal
  • Ovarian and Cervical
  • Skin

Other rare cancers may require specialized treatment at a tertiary cancer care centre. We partner with these centres to help provide follow-up care closer to home for patients.

Disease Pathway Management and Evidence-Based Care Practice Guidelines

Disease Pathway Management is a quality improvement tool for the Ontario cancer system. These flowcharts are to be used for informational purposes and show a high-level overview of the care a cancer patient in Ontario may receive for some disease sites according to evidence-based best practices.

Pathways focus on one type of cancer, during a specific phase of the cancer journey, with the understanding that the patient journey differs from one cancer to another. These treatment pathways are intended to serve as a resource for cancer system and medical community stakeholders, including health care providers and administrators.

Evidence-Based Care Practice Guidelines have been developed by Cancer Care Ontario in partnership with clinical experts in all major cancer disease sites and across all clinical programs and modalities.