Cancer Care

Updates on the COVID-19 pandemic

This page was last updated on October 19, 2021. 

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 third COVID-19 vaccine

You are eligible for a third vaccine if you:

  1. Are currently receiving chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy or
  2. Completed chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy after June 2021

And it has been 8 weeks since your second vaccine.

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

Going to the Oshawa Vaccine Clinic

  • It is located at the Oshawa Campus Ice Centre, 2200 Simcoe St N, Oshawa. 
  • You do not need an appointment.
  • You need to bring the letter given to you by your healthcare team. 
  • You will register with a clerk when you arrive at the clinic.  
  • The hours for the clinic are 9:30 am to 6 pm.  It is not open every day. Click here to see dates the clinic is open. The best time to go is between 1:30 and 3:30 pm on days the clinic is open. 

You need to bring your health card with you. Your family member/partner-in-care is not eligible for a third vaccine.

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 first and second COVID-19 vaccines 

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 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.

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