Regional Cancer Care has an excellent Education Program to
meet the needs of patients, their families, health
care professionals and the general public.
All patients and families of Regional Cancer Care Northwest are encouraged to access My Cancer Guide, an online educational resource tailored to patients that focuses on providing information to make practical and difficult decisions throughout your cancer journey in nine cancer sites:
- Bladder Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Blood Cancers
- Lung Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
My Cancer Guide provides the information you need to make practical and difficult decisions throughout treatment and recovery by addressing a comprehensive range of practical, psychosocial, medical, emotional, financial, family, and spiritual needs across the cancer journey.
Patients use an access code " northwest " to find answers to their questions and connect to local support resources.
- information to guide decision-making, illness management, follow-up care, life with cancer, and more
- family and work challenges
- communication with family, work, and your care team
- workplace rights
- hospital-specific information : parking, directions, hours, and more
- coping and support strategies
- financial concerns
- managing side-effects
Patient and Family Orientation
patients first visit the cancer centre, they receive
a comprehensive orientation package and a DVD or video
called “The Patient Journey.” A Patient
and Family Orientation session is offered twice a week
in the cancer centre. Here the orientation booklet and
patient resources are briefly discussed and a tour of
the cancer centre is provided. Patients and families
are encouraged to attend an orientation session before
their first appointment at the cancer centre, if scheduling
permits. Pre-registration is requested by calling (807)
You can also download the “Your Patient Journey”
booklet by clicking the graphic below.
Oncology Interactive Education Series (OIES)
is an innovative, computer-based learning program for
patients, families and oncology professionals. Twenty-four
cancer CDs contain over 20 hours of material with rich,
interactive graphics and clear, easy to follow narration.
The computer station and CDs are located in two areas
of the cancer centre: the Patient Information Kiosk
on the third floor and in the Radiation Therapy waiting
area. There is also a computer station on the 1A Oncology
unit of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
Canadian Cancer Society volunteers will assist patients and
families to access the information. The service and information
is free to everyone.
Chemotherapy Class and the Look-Good-Feel-Better
program are free programs for cancer patients. For more
information, call (807) 684-7292.
Northern Cancer Question and Answer: These
community sessions offer free evening programs for the
public once a month, excluding the months of June, July,
August and December. These sessions highlight local and
regional cancer experts discussing topics of interest,
such as cancer prevention, screening, treatment and care.
For details on upcoming education sessions, contact our
Education Program at (807) 684-7237 to
request a schedule of upcoming presentations.
A number of recent NCQ&A sessions may be found on our
video resources page.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: This
six-week workshop teaches practical skills for living
a healthy life while undergoing treatment or living with
a chronic condition such as depression, asthma, cancer,
diabetes and so on. Participants benefit from the small
group discussions and receive a free workbook. Click here
to view the Chronic
Disease Self-Management Program brochure.
For the dates of the next session or to register, please
call (807) 684-7237.