Cancer Care

Patient in Cancer Centre

Flu-shot:  Should you get it?

Is it safe to get a flu shot when you are having cancer treatment(s)?

  • Most patients having cancer treatment(s) can safely get the flu shot.
  • Ask your oncologist if it is safe for you.

Where can you get a flu shot?

  • At your local pharmacy.
  • At your family doctor's/nurse practitioner's office.

For more information about the flu shot and other immunizations when you are having cancer treatment: 

COVID-19 Update

The information on COVID-19 is changing from day to day. Resources and supports available to you may also change. Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) has a helpful handout on COVID-19 and cancer: What you need to know. The Canadian Cancer Society offers helpful information in their cancer and COVID-19 webinar series.

There have been changes to available transportation to the DRCC.

You will be asked COVID-19 screening questions when you come to the hospital or cancer centre. It is important you answer these screening questions truthfully. This allows your health care team to safely plan for the next steps in your care. We want to keep you safe during this pandemic.

You may have many different feelings right now. This may include:  sadness, frustration, fear and/or confusion. This is normal. You may need to cope in different ways because of social distancing and self-isolation. You can learn to manage your feelings to help you cope.

You may want to have a plan in place should you or your family member/partner-in-care need to self-isolate or become ill. This includes talking to your family doctor and other physicians.

Every person in Ontario has a Substitute Decision Maker. Do you know who your Substitute Decision Maker is? This is the person(s) who would be asked to make decisions about your healthcare and treatment on your behalf if you were not mentally capable. You can help prepare your Substitute Decision Maker by talking to them about what is important to you. This includes your values and beliefs. More information about this is available on the Speak Up Ontario website to help you and your Substitute Decision Maker have these conversations.  

For up-to-date and credible information on COVID-19, please go to the following websites:

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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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When you come for an appointment, here is what you will need to know.