Regional Cancer Programs were created and are funded by Cancer Care Ontario. They respond to local cancer issues. They also coordinate care across local and regional healthcare providers and work to continually improve access to care, wait times, and the quality of programs and services.
The Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program is responsible for the quality and delivery of cancer services for the areas of Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton, and Windsor/Essex. It is a network of healthcare professionals and organizations involved in cancer prevention and care. It is overseen by a Regional Vice President of Cancer Services and is supported by staff.
It is one of 14 Regional Cancer Programs across Ontario. For each Regional Cancer Program, there is a regional cancer centre. Windsor Regional Hospital operates the regional cancer centre for Erie St. Clair.
The following links contain additional information about the Regional Cancer Program and Cancer Care Ontario:
Breast cancer screening is free-of-charge for women in Ontario. Women can contact any of the OBSP locations below for an appointment. A doctor referral is not required
Click here for a list of OBSP locations throughout Erie St. Clair (Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton, Windsor-Essex).
Referrals can be faxed to 519-255-8688.
Ontario Breast Screening Program Guidelines Summary.
Certain patients may be eligible for the High-Risk Screening Program. Please see the form in the chart above to assess eligibility and fax completed forms to the OBSP Program as required.
Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP)
If you are interested in ordering cancer screening resources for your office or your patients, please call 519-254-5577 ext. 58620.
In order to conduct clinical trials, investigators must satisfy a number of regulatory requirements and ensure the trial and all its components are approved by a Research Ethics Board.
At WRH, the Cancer Program has a Clinical Trials Department which facilitates meeting these regulatory requirements and also assists in running and managing Clinical Trials. We currently have 5 staff members in the department, four Study Coordinators running the trials and recruiting patients and one Business Coordinator who manages the day-to-day and administrative logistics, including study contracts, budgets, training requirements, and study startup.
It is expected that the referred patient has been informed of their diagnosis of cancer prior to their referral.
Cancer Centre clerical staff will contact new patients by telephone a few days after the referral is made to provide further information about their first appointment. This may cause undue stress for newly diagnosed patients if they are unaware of their diagnosis.
It is helpful to understand the distinction between referral types, and how New Patient Referral staff respond to each:
For any questions or concerns, please contact:
This program offers genetic counselling and testing for families at risk for inherited forms of cancer.
If you think that your patient's personal and/or family history of cancer may be genetic, please complete the referral form and fax it to 519-255-8688.
Cancer Genetics Referral Form
Certain patients may be eligible for high-risk screening programs based on genetic testing. Please refer to the OBSP section under the Cancer Screening Programs drop-down for more information.
The Indigenous Navigator can:
If your patient would benefit from the Indigenous Navigator's services listed above, please complete the referral form and fax it to 519-255-8670.
Indigenous Patient Referral Form
Patients must be active patients, and meet all three criteria to be seen:
If your patient meets the required referral criteria, please complete the referral form and fax it to 519-255-8679.
Referral Form Coming Soon.
A diagnosis of a life-threatening illness considered palliative requires:
*** Please indicate the appropriate request on the referral form ***
Doctor's Referral Form to Palliative Medicine Physician Program
Diagnosis and Treatment:
Pathways are a quality improvement tool for the Ontario cancer system. Pathways are flowcharts that show a high-level overview of the care a cancer patient in Ontario should receive.
The following pathways have been developed by Cancer Care Ontario to guide cancer treatment in the province:
Disease Pathway Maps - Healthcare Provider Q&A
Cancer Care Ontario Disease Pathway Management
To request physical copies of the guides, call 519-254-5577 ext. 58620.
Survivorship - Information on Common Concerns
The Canadian Cancer Society highlights some common concerns that cancer survivors may face when thinking about the future:
For more information, please see the documents below, or contact our Call Centre at 519-253-5253.
The Patient & Family Advisor (PFA) is another opportunity to provide feedback to the Cancer Program. PFAs are able to determine their level of involvement with initiatives based on their interests. There are various sub-committees for members to choose to join and meetings are on an ad hoc basis until the completion of the initiative.
For more information, see the document below or contact our Call Centre at 519-253-5253.
The Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program Clinical Leads.
Cancer Centre Contact Information.
1995 Lens Avenue, Windsor, ON N8W 1L9
1030 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A 1E1