Cancer Clinic - Outpatient Haematology and Oncology
Main Clinic telephone 905-336-4103
The Joseph Brant Hospital Cancer Clinic provides consultation, chemotherapy treatment and follow-up care. We also provide Outpatient Palliative Care support for patients and families experiencing a cancer diagnosis.
We are aware that a cancer diagnosis can be a very upsetting and unsettling experience for you and your family. The goal of our team is to help and support you throughout your experience at Joseph Brant Hospital.
Our team of professionals is here to care for and support you through your treatment plan.
Our outpatient-centred approach will guide you through your assessment, testing and treatments, education and follow-up care.
You will work hand-in-hand with the following professionals who will make up your
Primary Care Team:
- Medical Oncologists (doctors specializing in cancer care)
- Haematologist (doctors specializing in diseases of the blood)
- General Practitioner in Oncology
- Radiation Oncologist
- Palliative Care Physician
- Nurses specialized in Haematology, Oncology and Palliative care
These health-care professionals will give you information about your disease and treatment options and will follow your progress both during and after your treatments. Your primary care team will also work with a social worker, spiritual and religious care consultant, registered dietitian, pharmacists, volunteers and others to support you through your personal treatment program.
We provide care with excellence and compassion, close to home and in a comfortable environment, to patients with a variety of cancers. The Clinic is associated with the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton and is part of the Cancer Care Ontario regional system.
What to Expect
Although your doctor or surgeon has sent your medical information to the Cancer Clinic, you may need to have more tests done. The oncologist may need more information to plan your treatment.
Cancer can be treated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. You may not need treatment, but you may be asked to come for a follow-up visit in the future.
You will be seen by members of your health care team throughout your treatments. Your blood counts will be checked and you will be weighed.
After you have finished your treatments your primary care team will continue to follow up. During these visits you will be seen by one or all of the members of your primary care team. Any new information about you is shared with the team.
Once a month we have Chemotherapy education sessions for patients, families and care givers.Information about these sessions will be provided when the decision for treatment is made
There are many steps involved in the preparation of your chemotherapy.
- You are first seen by the physician or the primary care nurse and your orders are entered.
- If you are having your blood taken on the same day, there will be a delay while the lab processes your blood work.
- The blood work is reviewed by a physician or nurse and pharmacy notified to begin making your treatment.
- The pharmacist checks the orders and the technician begins to produce your medication.
- The medication preparation involves many steps because it is made specifically for your weight and height.
- Some medications need to be dissolved which can add to the preparation time.
- Once the technician prepares your medication, the pharmacist carefully checks each step involved.
*Please be aware that you may have to wait for your treatment as it is a lengthy process. We have portable DVD players and a limited number of movies, magazines and refreshments. We suggest that you bring a packed lunch and other activities to help occupy your time.
Messages are taken by our office staff Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. It is important that you give some details regarding the nature of your call, so we are able to direct your call to the right person.
Appointment bookings or changes, prescription refills, test results and general questions will be handled by our office staff
If you are experiencing any of the following urgent issues during business hours (Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.):
- Fever of 38.0 C or higher
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe Vomiting
...and need to speak with your doctor please call the clinic at 905-336-4103. Please describe your problem to the receptionist and ask to speak to the Primary Care Nurse.
*If you become very short of breath or develop severe chest pain call "911"or go directly to the nearest Emergency Department.
Urgent Problems after 4pm or on weekends
If you experience an urgent problem after hours, please contact your family doctor or go directly to the nearest Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centre. The phone lines at the Cancer Clinic are not staffed after the hours listed above.
What to Bring to your First Visit
Please bring one family member or friend if you can. It helps to have a second set of ears.
Bring your Ontario Health Card at each visit.
Write down any questions you have and bring them to your visit so you don't forget what you want to ask.
Bring your current medication list (you can get Med Check list free of charge from your pharmacist).
Bring all your medications in their original containers including:
- Prescription medications
- Herbal products
- Over-the-counter or non-prescription medications.
Hospital information and other resources
New Patient Referral
New Patient Referral Form
We ask staff, patients and visitors not to wear perfume, aftershave and other scented personal products at Joseph Brant Hospital.
Parking and Drop-off
- If you can walk without help, you can use the Cancer Clinic entrance. There are designated parking spots for Cancer Clinic patients close to that entrance.
- If you cannot walk without help and/or if you need wheelchair access, please use the patient drop-off area at the main entrance to the hospital.
The Cancer Clinic entrance is not safe for wheelchairs or walking aids.
Monthly Parking Pass can be purchased at the Parking Office (for $60). It is good for 30 consecutive days.
Canadian Cancer Society volunteer drivers provide free transportation to patients who can walk or transfer themselves from a wheelchair.
Please phone 905-332-0060 for more information.
We Appreciate Your Feedback
To forward a compliment or express a concern please contact:
Manager, Oncology Clinic, Palliative & Ambulatory Care
905-632-3737 ext. 5726
Community partners' resources available
Canadian Cancer Society- Burlington Unit
Call 905-332-0060 or visit: www.cancer.ca
Wellspring (A network of community based support centres)
Call 905-257-1988 or visit www.wellspring.ca