Cancer Care

Cancer Care

The R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre (DRCC) delivers top quality cancer care – right here in Durham Region. Over 100,000 patients and their families from far and wide come to our hospital for our cancer care services, including prevention and screening, diagnosis, treatment, palliative care, and survivorship.

  • 500 patients visit our Cancer Centre each day
  • The Cancer Centre houses state-of-the-art equipment
  • Our hospital is home to a Genetics Clinic that screens and supports families with a strong history of cancer

In 2007, the DRCC completed construction and began providing cancer services to the residents of Durham Region and beyond.

After 10 years of providing cancer services, it's now time to update parts of the centre so that our care can remain the very best! The following examples outline areas that will require updating over the next few years.

Thoracic Cancer: Endobronchial Ultrasound Unit

Having an Endobronchial Ultrasound Unit (EBUS) in our thoracic department will help better diagnosis and treat cancers of the esophagus and lung.  With this piece of equipment, our thoracic surgeons will be able to treat patients with greater accuracy and less risk, allowing for many patients to return home after surgery the same day.

Radiation Therapy: Linear Accelerator

The DRCC is home to seven linear accelerators, which are used to provide radiation treatments to our patients daily by delivering high-energy x-rays to a tumor.

Through our partnership with Cancer Care Ontario a new linear accelerator will be purchased in 2018 for $3 million. In order to receive the new accelerator, important renovations and repairs to the space that houses the equipment are required.