Regional Partners

In 2004, Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) was reorganized and operational responsibility for the delivery of cancer services through the network of regional cancer centres in Ontario was transferred from CCO to the host hospitals of the regional centres.


Each of the regional cancer centres, now called programs, was asked to undertake a strategic planning process. The Southwest Ontario plan identified many system issues and a proposal was put forward to develop a collaborative, partnership-based approach to bring leadership to system-wide decision-making and priority setting. CCO gave Southwest Ontario the green light to proceed with developing the Regional Cancer Services Alliance (RCSA).


The scope of the Southwest RCSA is the referral catchment area of the LRCP, which includes cancer services in the following municipal county areas: Oxford, Elgin, Middlesex, Huron, Perth, Grey, Bruce, Lambton and Chatham-Kent.


In terms of LHIN boundaries, this translates into the SWO LHIN (LHIN 2) and the eastern portion of the Erie St. Clair LHIN (LHIN 1).


An Interim Executive Committee was formed to bring effective executive leadership to the integration and delivery of cancer services in SWO; to develop collaborative working relationships with other cancer and cancer-related initiatives outside SWO; and to serve as communication and liaison links with the broader constituency of which they are part.


The Southwest RCSA will coordinate and implement a continuum of cancer services and programs, including:

  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Clinical prevention and screening
  • Diagnostic and identification services
  • Systemic treatment
  • Radiation treatment
  • Cancer surgery
  • Supportive care
  • Palliative/End-of-life care
  • Survivorship


Members - Regional Cancer Services Alliance Southwestern Ontario:

Alexandra and Marine General Hospital

Alexandra Hospital

Bluewater Health

Canadian Cancer Society, Elgin – Middlesex Unit

Chatham-Kent Community Care Access Centre

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit

Southwest Community Care Access Centre

Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre

County of Lambton Community Health Services Dept.

County of Oxford Dept. of Public Health and Emergency Services

Elgin-St. Thomas Health Unit

Four Counties Health Services

Grey Bruce Health Services

Grey Bruce Health Unit

Hanover and District Hospital

Huron County Health Unit

Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance

Listowel and Wingham Hospitals Alliance

London Health Sciences Centre

London Regional Cancer Program

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Perth District Health Unit

South Bruce Grey Health Centre

South Huron Hospital

St. Joseph’s Health Care, London

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital

Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital

Woodstock General Hospital


Helpful Links:

Cancer Care Ontario

Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network

Grand River Regional Cancer Centre

Southwest Local Health Integration Network

Waterloo Wellington LHIN

Windsor Regional Cancer Centre