Cancer Care Close to Home

Cancer Care Close to Home

I live out of town. Can I get treatment closer to home?

Whenever possible, Verspeeten Family Cancer Centre works closely with regional partners to bring treatments closer to your home. The first visit with your Oncologist will be in London so that a treatment plan can be made.

If you are having chemotherapy, your first treatment will be given in London. If there are no problems, you may be able to have other treatments at a clinic closer to your home. Not all treatments can be done in community cancer clinics. If you do get your chemotherapy closer to home, your Oncologist will continue to follow your treatment and will work closely with the care team in your community.

Regional Partners provide chemotherapy in: Chatham, Owen Sound, Sarnia, St. Thomas, Stratford, Wingham, and Woodstock.

All radiation therapy is performed at Verspeeten Family Cancer Centre. There are 9 radiation units that operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. These units are located on Level 1 of Verspeeten Family Cancer Centre. If you live more than 40 km from London, you may want to stay at Residence Inn .

Clinical Poster
Clinical Poster from South West Regional Cancer Program

Text from clinical poster above:

You Could Be Home By Now
Is chemotherapy available in your community?

Cancer care is delivered close to home offers many benefits, including the support of friends and family members, and reduced travel time. 

Talk to your doctor about your options.

Ontario is moving toward a system that decentralizes less complex chemotherapy treatments to community hospitals.

Care received in community hospitals is the same care that would be received in larger centres.

Treatment is determined by the Verspeeten Family Cancer Centre Oncologist who is caring for the patient and supervised by local physicians who are trained in cancer care.

Clinics are available in Woodstock, St. Thomas, Wingham, Stratford and Owen Sound.

Helpful Links:

Chemotherapy - Canadian Cancer Society

Radiation Therapy - Canadian Cancer Society