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Regional Cancer Care

Click to listen to this page using ReadPleaseWelcome to Regional Cancer Care. We are the comprehensive cancer program for Northwestern Ontario, housed in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Here you will find information about all of our cancer care services.


People are generally most at ease when they know what to expect and how they are likely to react in a given situation. It is our hope that by providing accurate, up-to-date information patients and their families will have an increased sense of control, feel more knowledgeable about what is going on and experience a reduction in their level of stress.


Information for Patients and Families

Using the menu to your left you can find information to suit your needs, including:

  • A step-by-step guide to your Patient Journey (click here to download the New Patient Journey brochure)
  • What to expect on your first visit
  • Who will be part of your care team
  • What support systems are in place for you


For Physicians

Referring a patient to Regional Cancer Care Northwest takes only one referral form that is faxed to a central number (807) 346-8383. The services that physicians can access through our referral service include:


Diagnostic Assessment Program (DAP)

Diagnostic assessment programs or DAP's provide a single point of access for physicians to access diagnostic services when a suspicion of cancer is being explored. A multidisciplinary team of health care providers coordinate diagnostic care and minimize system delays for patients. DAP's improve wait times, ease anxiety, and give patients and families the support they need while waiting for test results or diagnosis.

Regional Cancer Care Northwest (RCCNW) is committed to leading diagnostic and clinical practices that Diagnostic Assessment Programs provide.

For more information on Diagnostic Assessment Programs click on the following links:


Video Resources


The Patient Journey
Your guide to treatment and services at Regional Cancer Care



Ontario Cancer Plan 2011 - 2015


The new provincial plan ensures our cancer system serves the changing and growing needs of all Ontarians by outlining priorities to transform cancer services from the patient perspective. It is driven by a commitment to quality across the cancer journey - from prevention to survivorship or palliative care - as the most effective way to manage cancer.

Ontario Cancer Plan 2011 - 2015

Learn more about our new Regional Cancer Plan 2011-2015.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in collaboration with Cancer Care Ontario, recently launched a province-wide, population-based colorectal cancer screening program – the first of its kind in Canada. The program, ColonCancerCheck, aims to increase screening rates and decrease colorectal cancer-related deaths in Ontario.


Colon Cancer Check


For more information about colorectal cancer and how to get tested, visit the ColonCancerCheck website.

For healthcare professionals:


About us


cc_04Our cancer care services span the region, with prevention and screening, diagnostics, education, in-patient and out-patient treatment, surgical treatment, and supportive and palliative care. We also have a strong academic component with education and industry partnerships, an evolving research program, training programs, internships and placement programs.


Our 13 affiliated sites across Northwestern Ontario provide coordinated care closer to home, and for those patients having to travel in from our region, we provide a home away from home in TBayTel Tamarack House, our lodge for regional cancer patients and their families.


Regional Cancer Care has also launched its first Report Card, highlighting the performance of regional cancer services over the past two years. It is a measurement of our performance against our Regional Cancer Plan. Regional Cancer Care continues to be a top performer with some of the best wait times in Ontario in all three treatment options: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. We are ranked number one in three out of four wait times measured provincially and are among the best in the province for high performance in Radiation and Systemic Wait Times.

Cancer Care Report Card
TBRHSC Cancer Care Performance Indicators Chart

Along with our existing services, our Foundation, through the Northern Cancer Fund, helps us continually improve our services, through fundraising efforts including special events, gifts from the community, grants, and legacy gift planning services. All funds raised by the Northern Cancer Fund are 100% dedicated to the region and residents of Northwestern Ontario.


We hope the information provided on this site is helpful to you. If you have further questions or concerns we have many resources at the centre, or you can call us at (807) 684-7200, or toll-free at (877) 696-7223. Please direct any website-related concerns to cancercareinfo@tbh.net.


TBRHSC is proud to provide a Virtual Tour of Regional Cancer Care. The VR Tour has been optimized for viewing with Internet Explorer as your web browser. At the present time, the Virtual Tour is not able to be viewed with the browser Firefox. Click here if you have problems viewing the VR Tour.


Northern Cancer Fund
Linda Buchan Centre
Cancer Care Ontario