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Just Diagnosed - What to Expect?

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Just Diagnosed - What to Expect?

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Just Diagnosed - What to Expect?
PRHC’s Cancer Care team provides an inter-professional approach to the assessment, treatment, follow up and support of cancer patients and their families. As part of the Central East Regional Cancer Program, PRHC’s Cancer Services work in partnership with the Durham Regional Cancer Program (based at Lakeridge Health Oshawa) to provide cancer care closer to home. Click here to view Welcome to PRHC's Cancer Services brochure

Your First Visit and What to Expect?
After you check in for your appointment, you may be called in for blood work (if ordered by your physician) or not completed prior to your first visit. You will then be called by a member of our healthcare team for your appointment.

In most cases, your initial visit will be to discuss treatment options only and will not include treatment, unless you have been advised otherwise. Ask questions if you do not understand anything.

Please note that PRHC is a “Scent-Free” environment – please do not wear cologne or perfume during your appointments.

We’re here to help you
PRHC’s Cancer Services offers a patient resource centre located in the clinic’s waiting room. These educational materials are available for patients and their families. Members of our inter-professional team include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians, clerical staff and volunteers.

Our team will help you:

  • Talk about your different emotions and how you are feeling
  • Talk about your diagnosis with you and your family/friend.
  • Provide you with information about diagnosis, treatment and possible side effects
  • Coordinate support services as required.

What Items do I bring with me?
Please ensure you bring the following items with you to your first appointment:

  • All your medications in original packaging or a list of medication (include name of medication, dose, frequency). This includes any non-prescription medications such as Tylenol, Aspirin, Vitamins and Herbal Supplements.
  • A supply of the medications that you are scheduled to take during the time of your appointment.
  • A list of your medical history (including dates of surgeries, ongoing medical conditions, etc)
  • Your Ontario Health Insurance Card
  • Snack or drink (PRHC has a cafeteria and Tim Horton’s where you can purchase a light meal, or snack)
  • A friend or family member - Pen and paper to keep notes
  • A list of questions or concerns you have for your nurse or doctor.
  • Bring x-rays or CT scans (film or CD) only if you have been instructed to do so.
  • If you are on oxygen, ensure you have enough for 2-3 hours.

PRHC’s Cancer Services are located on the 4th floor of Peterborough Regional Health Centre (near the Main Entrance: West Wing – Room W4950).  Click here for map to clinic location.

Peterborough Regional Health Centre
1 Hospital Drive
Peterborough, ON K9J 7C6

Hours of Operation
The clinic is open Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closed on statutory holidays

Parking is available on the north side of the hospital. There is a fee payable at the time of exit. If you are returning on a regular basis you may wish to purchase a monthly parking pass from the Parking office located on the 4th floor by the
information desk.