Patient and Family Resources and Education

Regional Cancer Care Northwest offers many resources and educational opportunities for cancer patients.


Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Volunteers

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre volunteers help patients find their way in the Cancer Centre, Tbaytel Tamarack House, and the Health Sciences Centre. They can also help you find information and provide light refreshments.

Information and Education Resources Area

The Patient and Family Resource Areas are located on Level 3 in the Main Reception area and the Level 2 Radiation Therapy waiting room of the Cancer Centre. Here you can find pamphlets, books and videos on a wide range of topics including cancer, treatment, and support services. There are also computers located in each of the reception areas that have cancer-related educational resources for patients to use.

Interpretation/Translation Services

Interpretation and translation services are available through the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association for patients who require it. For assistance or to learn more contact Supportive Care at (807) 684-7310.

Home Services

Professional services such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and social work are available in the home. These services are arranged through the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). You, or a Cancer Care team member, can contact CCAC (http://healthcareathome.ca/northwest/en) to request services. Services must be approved by a physician.

Tele-Visitation

If you are a loved one is in a hospital in Ontario, we can arrange secure family visits using videoconference technology. This technology is also available outside of Ontario in select provinces and countries.

Look Good… Feel Better Program

For many women living with cancer, chemotherapy and radiation therapy may lead to changes in appearance, including facial discolouration and hair loss. The Look Good… Feel Better Program teaches patients how to manage these changes. The workshops allow women to regain control of their appearance while they learn to manage their lives after treatment.M

Patient Symptom Management Guides

Cancer Care Ontario Patient Symptom Management Guides. If you have cancer you may get side effects from treatment or symptoms from the cancer. The guides are filled with easy to understand, practical tips for what you should do and when to get help from your healthcare team.

Information in the guides is not medical advice. Please discuss your side effects and symptoms with your healthcare team.

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How to Manage your Fatigue English | French English | French
How to Manage your Nausea & Vomiting English | French English | French
How to Manage your Pain English | French English | French
How to Manage your Constipation English | French English | French
How to Manage your Diarrhea English | French English | French
How to Manage your Depression English | French English | French
How to Manage your Mouth Care English | French English | French
How to Manage your Loss of Appetite English | French English | French
How to Manage your Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea) English | French English | French
How to Manage your Anxiety English | French English | French
How to tell if you have a Fever English | French English | French

Cancer Centre Information

On evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays, please call the Nurses’ Registry at (807) 623-7451 and ask for the Cancer Centre on-call physician. If the problem is a medical emergency or if you don’t know what to do, please go to your local Emergency Department and tell them that you are a patient at the Cancer Centre.