Systemic Therapy

LWHA – Wingham site – Satellite Oncology Program

South West Regional Cancer Program have just completed another video in their "Cancer Care Close to Home" video series. The latest video features Nancy McNamee from Kincardine. She recently completed chemotherapy in Wingham and had an excellent experience. Click HERE to watch her story in video.

Operating as a satellite site for the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP), the Wingham site provides systemic therapy (chemotherapy) for patients living in the area.  This provides local patients with the option of receiving their cancer treatment closer to home.  Patients are initially assessed at the LRCP and then referred back to the Wingham site.

   
We have a team of 3 dedicated physicians and 3 specially trained nurses who work with the London Oncology Team to provide the appropriate treatments for our patients.  Additionally, as part of our interdisciplinary care team, we have other nursing staff who work in the unit, chemotherapy-certified pharmacy technicians, lab technicians, and a registered dietitian available for nutrition consultation.  Through our Community Partner, Community Care Access Centre, patients can be referred to a Social Worker for consultation.
  
Safety and Standardization:

Our staff work under medical directives and orders from the LRCP Oncologists.
If concerns arise about treatment or symptom management, we contact the Primary Nurses or Attending Oncologist at LRCP.
   
We follow policies and procedures as provided by the LRCP.  Our nursing and pharmacy staff are trained by LRCP staff.  The Clinical Resource Nurse of the Chemo Suite is chemotherapy certified through a recognized College.  Additionally, all nursing staff can take further education, including the deSouza Chemotherapy Certification, to gain clinical expertise in assessment, care planning, and patient education.

LRCP train our nursing, pharmacy, housekeeping, maintenance, and receiving department staff annually about how to receive chemotherapy agents; how to clean up chemotherapy spills; and how to dispose of chemotherapy agents.
  
Client Service / Hours of Operation:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7:30am – 3:30pm.
We are located in the back of the Emergency department.  Please register at the Switchboard entrance.
  
Parking is free.  Please park across from the Emergency department.

We have 6 chairs and one stretcher to accommodate 7 patients daily, comfortably.  Occasionally, we have treated more than 7 patients in a day depending upon the length and cycles of treatments.

Treatment times can range from 1 to 8 hours, depending on the type of therapy that you are receiving and the bloodwork required etc.

We have drinks and snacks available for you, but if you know that you have a long treatment, please bring a bagged lunch with you. 
  
The cafeteria is open for morning coffee break (10:00-10:45am) and lunch (12:00-1:30pm)
Monday through Friday. Complete meals, snacks and beverages are available from the food merchandisers (vending) 24 hours a day.
  
Chemotherapy treatments:
  
Most chemotherapy agents and regimes can be given at the Wingham site.

Disease sites that we can provide treatment for include:  Breast, prostate, bowel, stomach, pancreas, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, lung, liver, and esophagus and supportive care for leukemia.

There are some exceptions where part of the treatment must be done in London. 
  
Other treatments that may be provided in the Chemo unit include:  IgG infusion for immune deficiencies, Remicade for Crohn’s disease, Iron or Magnesium infusions, phlebotomies, blood and platelet transfusions.

What to bring:

Before you leave home, please bring the following:
  1. Your Ontario Health or OHIP card
  2. All of your medicines, including over-the-counter medication, vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements - please bring the original bottles or containers.  Click here for more information on Medication Reconciliation.    
  3. A list of questions with the most important questions at the top of the list.
  4. Name, address and phone number of your Family Doctor
  5. Name, address and phone number of your pharmacy or drug store
  6. Group and policy numbers or your drug card for your drug insurance plan
  7. Cash, debit or credit card in case you need to pick up prescriptions or purchase a snack
  8. Eyeglasses and hearing aid(s) if you use them
  9. A family member or friend
  10. If the patient cannot make decisions for him/herself, a family member with a medical power of attorney should come with them so that treatment decisions can be made
              
Managing Side Effects:      
  
 

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