Surgery & Clinic Updates for Patients

Durham Regional Cancer Centre (DRCC)

(Last reviewed: January 7, 2022)

The Durham Regional Cancer Centre is open and continuing to provide cancer care and treatments. 

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. 

What to expect for your appointments
  • Some of your appointments may be rescheduled.
  • Some of your appointments may be scheduled as a telephone or video appointment. 
  • You may wait longer during appointments.
  • You may see different members of the healthcare team.
  • You will continue to receive excellent care from your healthcare team.
Keeping yourself and others safe when you come for an appointment 
    1. You will be asked COVID-19 screening questions at the hospital entrance. It is important you answer these screening questions truthfully. This allows your healthcare team to safely plan for the next steps in your care and treatment. 
    2. Clean your hands with hand sanitizer often. 
    3. Wear a mask at all times.
    4. Do not eat or drink while you are in the hospital/cancer centre.  Talk to a member of your healthcare team if you have questions about this. 
    5. Keep a 2 metre distance between you and others. 

For more information about your care and treatment at the Durham Regional Cancer Centre, go to the Cancer Care pages of this website.