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Improved Access to Cancer Care

Front Lobby - GeneralMay 6, 2010 The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre is a treatment centre and research facility that brings together doctors, nurses, researchers and other healthcare professionals – all committed to improving care, finding new treatments and enhancing the quality of life of cancer patients.  The Cancer Centre is the second largest outpatient cancer centre in Ontario and cares for more than 24,000 patients per year for a total of more than 190,000 yearly visits. The recently expanded Centre at the General Campus and the Program’s new facility – the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre (IGFCC) at the Queensway Carleton Hospital will enhance the timeliness, capacity and quality of the care that it provides to the region’s cancer patients.  With the addition of the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre in the west end of Ottawa, the region will see added capacity to both radiation therapy and chemotherapy to help meet the growing demand of up to 9,000 new cancer patients per year.

Programs and Services

  • One of the largest cancer centres in Ontario and a leader in regional service delivery
  • Sole cancer centre for Champlain LHIN
  • Full range of inpatient and outpatient services including:
    • Prevention and Screening
    • Rapid Assessment and Diagnostic Centres and services
    • Cancer Surgery
    • Systemic Therapy including chemotherapy, biotherapy and clinical trials
    • Malignant Haematology including a Bone Marrow Transplant Program
    • Radiation Therapy
      • Brachytherapy
      • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
      • Total body Irradiation (TBI)
      • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
      • Rapid Palliative Therapy Program
      • Cyberknife
  • Psychosocial Oncology (Patient and Family Support)
  • Supportive and Palliative Care

Improved Access to Cancer Care

Facts and figures – yearly activity

  • 3100 cancer surgery cases
  • 9000 new cancer patients annually
  • 70,000 radiation treatments
  • 30,000 chemotherapy suite visits
  • 198,000 total visits to cancer program


  • 2 cancer centre sites (TOH and the IGFCC at the Queensway Carleton Hospital
  • 11 radiation treatment machines
  • 85 chemotherapy treatment stations
  • 1000 staff including 70 physicians