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systemictherapyprogram_staffThe Systemic Therapy Program at The Ottawa Hospital provides treatments using anti-cancer drugs. These include chemotherapy, targeted agents and immune system boosters. Any side effects related to your treatment are also managed here.  If referred to us, you will meet our dedicated oncology team at one of our three locations: The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, The Medical Day Care Unit (MDCU) at the General Campus, or the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre located on the grounds of The Queensway Carleton Hospital.  Our goal is to support you, starting at your first meeting with your oncologist (doctor specializing in cancer care) and patient designated nurse, during chemotherapy treatments, and in arranging any follow- up care you may require.

Our Services:

The Systemic Therapy Program will provide you with highly specialized care.  Services available to you through our program include:

  • Anti-cancer drug treatment planning specific to your disease and individual needs
  • Group education sessions providing general information about anti-cancer drugs
  • Individual education about your specific treatment regimen provided during your clinic and treatment appointments
  • Anti-cancer drug treatments given by Registered Nurses
  • Access to clinical trials (if you qualify)
  • Referrals to additional services such as smoking cessation programs, pain and symptom management, and  supportive care
  • Other group and individual education sessions related to your care
  • Transfer to inpatient units should your require hospitalization
  • Follow-up visits with an oncologist

Our Treatment Locations:

Treatments will be provided to you as close to home as possible, under the direction of your oncologist.  You may receive treatment at one of the following locations:

  • systemictherapyprogram_staff_2The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre – General Campus
  • The Medical Day Care Unit (MDCU)- General Campus
  • The Irving Greenberg Family Cancer
  • Hawkesbury & District General Hospital
  • Renfrew Victoria Hospital
  • Pembroke Regional Hospital
  • Winchester District Memorial Hospital
  • Cornwall Community Hospital

Our Team:

systemictherapyprogram_staff_3The dedicated team of The Systemic Therapy Program includes:

  • Medical oncologists
  • Hematologists
  • Palliative and Supportive care physicians
  • General practitioners in oncology
  • Pharmacists
  • Registered nurses specialized in cancer care
  • Supportive health professionals, including social workers, dieticians, physiotherapists and others
  • Clerical staff
  • Volunteers


Making an appointment:

A referral to the Systemic Therapy Program and an oncologist is required from your surgeon or family physician. If referred to us, you will be contacted by our booking office for an appointment.

**Please note: Educational materials and appointment locations will vary for hematology patients.


For Health-care Professionals:

Health-care providers can access a referral form by clicking on the following links:

Cancer Centre Referral form

Breast Cancer Referral Form

Completed referral forms can be faxed to New Patient Registration at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre fax number: 613-247-3516

**Please note: Educational materials and appointment locations will vary for hematology patients.  *link to hematology program page*

Last updated on: July 18th, 2017