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 5-chair outpatient unit with regular full-time hours of operation.

The unit is staffed with 2 family 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: IV & oral chemotherapy/Immunotherapy treatments, assessments, teaching, follow-up, community education and supportive care. Patients are carefully followed through Telehealth or virtual calls with their Oncologist.

The Canadian Cancer Society also provides a varied range of services to the unit including: volunteer and peer support & patient information.

Still Me Program

The Still Me program was developed through the Oncology Unit in November 2006 based on the concept that if a person living with cancer can be helped to look good, their improved self image will help them to approach cancer and it's treatment with greater confidence.

The program is sponsored by the local Kinsmen Club through the funds raised from the Dragon Boat Races. It is a free 2 hour workshop run by volunteers.

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