The Dryden Regional Health Centre Oncology Unit was opened in April, 1998. It is a satellite program of the Northwestern Ontario Regional Cancer Care Centre in Thunder Bay. The unit initially opened with 2 chairs in an old patient room on the acute care ward, it was operated on an “as needed” basis. It has since developed into a newly renovated 5-chair outpatient unit with regular full-time hours of operation.
The unit is staffed with physicians, registered nurses, a pharmacist and a supportive care worker. Cancer patients in the Dryden area are able to receive comprehensive care without having to travel long distances. Cancer care provided includes: chemotherapy treatments, assessments, teaching, follow-up, community education and supportive care. Patients are carefully followed through telehealth or a visiting Oncologist.
The Canadian Cancer Society also provides a varied range of services to the unit including: volunteer and peer support, patient information, transportation and financial assistance.
Still Me is a new program initiative developed through the Oncology Unit in November, 2006.