Cancer Care

Last updated on May18, 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. 

You may bring one (1) family member/partner-in-care with you to appointments if you need their support.  Your family member/partner-in-care needs to:

  • Pass COVID-19 screening at the entrance of the hospital.  
  • Provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask that completely covers their nose and mouth at all times. Removal of this mask to eat and drink can only happen in the hospital food court.

We may need to restrict the number of family members/partners-in-care in some areas of the cancer centre where space is limited.  We need to make sure we can safely provide care and treatment to all patients.  

Lakeridge Health launched a new electronic health record on December 3, 2021

What does this mean for you?

You will:

  • 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.
  • Wear the armband we give you for some appointments.
  • Need to sign up for a new MyChart account. 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. 
  • Be able to complete e-check in on MyChart.  This allows you to complete the Your Symptoms Matter questionnaire and the COVID-19 screening questions before you come to the cancer centre. You still need to check-in at a computer when you arrive. This lets your healthcare team know you are in the cancer centre. Read our What You Need to Know About MyChart handout for more information. 

 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.

As of April 7, 2022 you can also schedule your fourth vaccine appointment if it has been:

More than 140 days since you received the third vaccine and you are:

  • Over the age of 60
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals aged 18 and over or a non-Indigenous household member aged 18 and over 

More than 84 days since you received the third vaccine and you live in a: 

  • long-term care home
  • retirement homes
  • elder care lodge
  • other congregate setting that provide assisted-living and health services to older adults

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. 

Pharmacies close to where you live may also be offering COVID-19 vaccines.  

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?

Register for MyChart.

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