Cancer Care

Patient in Cancer Centre

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Durham Regional Cancer Centre is open and continuing to provide cancer care and treatments. The spread of COVID-19 in our community is impacting the care we provide. This has caused us to make some temporary changes that may affect your appointments. Our visiting us page offers information on what you can expect for your appointments. 

Read a letter to the community from Lakeridge Health for information on what to expect for your appointments.

Updates on the COVID-19 pandemic

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

COVID-19 Vaccine

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 COVID-19 vaccine

Recent changes to the 3 phase vaccination plan allows some patients with cancer to be eligible for their 1st COVID19 vaccine.  This includes patients:

  1. Diagnosed with a blood cancer within the last year.
  2. Receiving cancer treatment causing immunosuppression.  This includes: chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy.

Patients who have already received their 1st vaccine and receiving cancer treatment causing immunosuppression are eligible to receive their 2nd vaccine earlier than 16 weeks. 

Talk to your oncologist or nurse about this. 

How you schedule an appointment for the vaccine depends 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

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 will need to complete our referral form. Referral guidelines are also available to assist  your doctor.

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Last updated:  April 15, 2021