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Cancer Care (Oncology)

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What is cancer?

Cancer is a term used for a disease when there is an abnormal cell growth that has the potential to spread to other parts of the body. Your blood stream and lymph system are ways cancer cells spread to other body parts.

How is Cancer Care provided?

At Horizon, we understand every person is different, therefore individualized care to each person is important to us. If you are referred to our services by your family physician or primary health care provider, you will work with your Horizon oncologist to choose a treatment plan specific to your cancer and what is best for you.

You and/or your loved one may be visiting one or more of our facilities to receive treatments and support as part of your cancer care journey with members of our team of health care professionals. Our clinical cancer care team includes oncologists, radiation oncologists, general practitioners in oncology, oncology registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, pharmacists, radiation therapists, physicists, dosimetrists, dietitians, physiotherapists, patient experience advisors, and support staff from our survivorship programs.

Cancer treatments are decided based on your type of cancer, health history, current overall health status, extent of spread (stage), and personal situation and wishes. Treatments can be given alone or in combination with other treatments.

Our services include:

Systemic Cancer Therapy

This is a systemic treatment because it travels through the bloodstream to reach cancer cells and affects the whole body. This treatment method involves using medications. Cancer cells grow and divide quickly, and chemotherapy destroys or slows down dividing cells (including healthy cells).

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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumours. Radiation treatment is a type of cancer treatment that treats many types of cancer as well as some conditions that are non-cancerous. It can also be used alone or combined with other treatments such as surgery, or chemotherapy.

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Stem Cell Transplant

You may be referred to our Stem Cell Transplant services. This is a treatment for certain types of cancer that works by removing some of your blood stem cells, giving them a high dose of chemotherapy in our laboratory, and then reintroducing your stem cells back into your body.

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I feel unwell and have questions about side effects I am experiencing after my treatment. Who can help?

Please contact your health care provider/oncologist at any stage of your cancer care journey should you have any questions or concerns. If you have an urgent health need, the following options are available:

If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or proceed to your nearest Emergency Department.

Call Tele-Care 811 for health advice from a registered nurse.

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