Chemotherapy clinic

The Chemotherapy Clinic at Markham Stouffville Hospital provides a variety of services including chemotherapy administration, blood transfusions and patient education. The clinic also offers services to support our patients and their families through their treatment.

 Care We Provide
  • Chemotherapy administration
  • Blood transfusions
  • Patient education
  • Paracentecis
  • Thoracentecis
Care providers

Our patients are cared for by a dedicated interprofessional team of medical oncologists, registered nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, registered dietitians, social workers, spiritual health workers and volunteers who are trained in the needs associated with patients receiving chemotherapy.  

 Medical oncologists

Medical oncologists are doctors specially trained to treat oncology patients with medicines called chemotherapy and or biotherapy. If a patient requires an operation or treatment with radiation the medical oncologist will refer them to a surgeon or radiation oncologist. The medical oncologists at MSH participate in regularly scheduled Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences which include a variety of health specialists. In these conferences we discuss the best possible plan of care for our patients with the diagnosis of cancer. Following is a list of medical oncologists at Markham Stouffville Hospital:

Medical oncologists can be contacted in the Medical Office Building at 905-472-7072.

What You Should Know

 Appointments

Consult Appointments: During treatment with the oncologist, there will be appointments at various intervals. Consults are done the day prior to treatment and bloodwork. Exceptions can be made for patients who come from a distance and wish to schedule consult appointments and treatment on the same day. If you have concerns at any time during your treatment, speak with the nurse and arrangements will be made for you to see the doctor at an appropriate time.

Blood work

Blood work is required before each treatment to ensure your blood counts are within acceptable range to receive chemotherapy. We encourage you to have blood drawn the day before in the outpatient lab.

Chemotherapy appointments

During your appointment your chemotherapy will be administered by a registered nurse. Chemotherapy teaching classes are held Friday afternoons.

What to expect during chemotherapy appointments

Please arrive on time for your appointment.
Prior to each treatment, the nurse will ask you to fill out a symptom form and will discuss it with you – this form will address only symptoms or side effects as a result of your treatment or disease. Your weight will be monitored at every visit and we ask that you please bring all current medications with you, including over the counter drugs. After your assessment is complete, there may be a wait while the chemotherapy is prepared. We will ask that you wait in the lobby and the nurse will call you when it is prepared. A pharmacist will review your regime, common side effects, and medications prescribed by the physician. A medication chart will be created for you to use.

What to bring with you 

Please remember to bring the following items with you when you come to the Chemotherapy Clinic:

  • Health card
  • All medications you take including over the counter drugs
  • A snack – if a long treatment is expected
  • Diabetics should bring a snack or meal, insulin and related supplies
  • A book, magazine or other reading materials.  
Visitors

You are encouraged to bring your spouse or a friend for support. Each patient is allowed one visitor in the treatment area. Due to the length of time required at the clinic, we suggest that you make arrangements for child care if required. On occasion, we may ask visitors to step out for a minute as needed. Note: Children under the age of 12 should not be in the clinic. Children and pregnant women are not permitted in the chemotherapy treatment area.

 Discharge

Upon discharge, please ensure you have:

  • Your next appointment time (calendar) 
  • Prescriptions

While at home, if you experience any the symptoms listed below you can call the Chemotherapy Clinic during regular business hours; call the symptom management hotline (1-877-681-3057) outside of normal business hours; or for urgent matters go to your nearest emergency department.

  • Fever higher than 100.4°F or 38°C
  • Breathing problems Increased pain
  • Vomiting lasting more than 24 hours
  • Diarrhea lasting more than 24 hours
  • Constipation lasting for 72 hours not relieved with laxative
  • Confusion and increased sleepiness
  • New pain especially in the spine
  • Prolonged bleeding from any source
  • Loss of feeling or movement in the arms or legs, especially if you have trouble emptying your bladder
  • Medication schedule