Cancer Care

This page was last updated on January 18, 2022.

Your cancer care and treatment

Call the cancer centre before you leave home to come to any appointment if:

  • You have COVID-19
  • You feel unwell or have any symptom of COVID-19
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • You live with a person who has a symptom of COVID-19

Click here for more information about your cancer centre appointments.  

Visitor restrictions

Lakeridge Health, and the Durham Regional Cancer Centre continue to restrict visitors in the hospital. This includes your family members/partners-in-care. 

Do not bring a family member/partner-in-care with you to an appointment.  There are some exceptions but this needs to be approved in advance by your healthcare team. Talk to a member of your healthcare team if you have questions or concerns about this. We encourage you to invite your family member/partner-in-care to participate in your appointments by telephone or video. 

Lakeridge Health launched a new electronic health record on December 3

What does this mean for you?

You will now:

  • Use your health card to check in at our computers.  You can discard your white DRCC ID card. 
  • See new screens on the check-in computer screens.
  • See changes in the timing of your appointments.
  • Have longer wait times for some appointments.
  • Wear the armband we give you for some appointments.
  • Need to sign up for a new MyChart. Click here to sign up as a new user.  You can also sign up at a check-in computer when you come for an appointment. 
  • Complete the Your Symptoms Matter questionnaire on MyChart or at a check-in computer when you come to the cancer centre

 Please be patient with us!  It will take time for us to get used to using this new electronic health record.  


Updates on the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Durham Regional Cancer Centre remains open, continuing to provide cancer care and treatments. Our visiting us page offers information on what you can expect for your appointments. 

The information on COVID-19 continues to change from day to day. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. 

COVID-19 Vaccines

The provincial government has a 3 phase vaccination plan. This plan identifies when you are eligible for a vaccine.  More information about the vaccine is available at: 

Eligibility for a fourth (booster) COVID-19 vaccine

You are eligible for a fourth (booster) vaccine if you:

  1. Are currently receiving chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy or
  2. Taking specific immunosuppressant medications   

And it has been more than 84 days since your third vaccine.

Plan to have your fourth vaccine 1 to 2 days before your next pre-treat appointment. Talk to your oncologist if you have any questions about this.

Scheduling your appointment

Click here to schedule your appointment with the Durham Public Health Unit.  You can also book through the provincial website.

Talk to your oncologist or nurse if you have questions about any of this information. You can find more information about this on the Government of Ontario website.  

Scheduling your COVID-19 vaccines 

How you schedule an appointment for the vaccine may depend on where you live.  In each Public Health Unit, the number of available appointments is decided by the number of vaccines available. More information about this can be found on the website for your local public health unit. 

Other websites offering up-to-date and credible information on COVID-19

Cancer Care at the Durham Regional Cancer Centre

Most of us have been touched by cancer, either directly or through a loved one. We want you and your family to know that we are here for you if and when you need us.

Our medical and radiation oncologists at the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre in Oshawa lead a team dedicated to providing care you can trust.

We're part of the Central East Regional Cancer Program and we deliver top quality cancer care, right here at home, to more than 100,000 families in and around Durham Region.

We treat breast cancer (male and female), gastrointestinal cancer (esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, liver, and pancreas), genitourinary cancer (prostate, testis, kidney and bladder), gynaecological cancer (ovaries, cervix, uterus and vulva), hematology (lymphomas), melanoma, skin cancer and thoracic cancer (lung and chest).

Our cancer centre also offers a full range of services:

Close to 500 people come through our doors each day...

To see us, your family doctor needs to complete our referral form. Referral guidelines offer information about this to you and your doctor.

Already have an appointment to see one of our oncologists?

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