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Cancer Care

How can you be active in your care?

These are things that you and your family can do to assist your doctor, nurse and other health care professionals provide safer care.

  • To ensure that staff have your correct identification, please bring your hospital or Health Care Number (MCP) card with you when you come to the Cancer Centre.
  • Know what medications you are taking and why you are taking them. Bring a list of your medications from your pharmacy to your appointments, including over the counter medicines, vitamins, herbs or alternative medicines.
  • Ask us about your health condition and treatment.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse about all the symptoms you are having.
  • Participate in discussions about your treatment options.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards such as slippery floors or blocked corridors. Please report concerns or hazards to a staff member.
  • Before you leave the Cancer Centre, know what to expect from your treatment, what tests are required and when you are scheduled to return.
  • Practice good hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of infections.

Ask us questions about:

  • Your medications.
  • Your treatment plan and options.
  • The test, procedure or surgery you’re having done and how it will affect you.
  • If a family member can be present with you.
  • The results of your test, procedure or surgery.
  • Our names and role in providing your care.
  • Our hand hygiene practices.
  • Getting a yearly flu shot.
  • Who you should call if you need help before your next appointment.

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Updated Aug 4, 2017