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Welcome to Stronach Regional Cancer Centre


Frequently Asked Questions

At the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre (SRCC) at Southlake, we know a cancer diagnosis may affect many aspects of your life: physical, financial, emotional, occupational, and spiritual. If you have been diagnosed, remember that you are a person who happens to have cancer. Cancer is not who you are and it does not define who you will be. It is normal to feel scared, anxious or unsettled when diagnosed with cancer.

You might find that you are worried about your emotional well-being, or you may have worries about finances or transportation.

That’s why it’s as important for you and your family to receive emotional, spiritual and social guidance, as well as your radiation or other treatments. At the SRCC at Southlake, we’re here to help every step of the way.

There are common side effects associated with radiation therapy, as it’s hard to destroy cancer cells without damaging some normal cells too. These side effects vary depending on the area being treated, the prescribed radiation dose and the length of your overall treatment.

Your radiation oncologist and radiation therapists will discuss any possible side effects with you and provide methods for managing them. The SRCC at Southlake also offers classes and information sessions to help you manage your side effects. We will also monitor you throughout your treatment and during weekly visits with your healthcare team.

Remaining as still as possible is important when the radiation is on. Relax and breathe normally. If you need to cough, don’t be polite and cover up. Cough straight up or down, depending on your position and you will naturally relax back into the correct position.

The machine will not touch you. It may move close to your treatment area, but it will not make contact with your skin.

You will feel a slight pinprick as a fine needle is used to place the tiny tattoos. Remember to relax and communicate with the staff about any concerns you may have.

Yes, once you have been placed into position, your radiation therapist will deliver your treatment from outside the room. Your treatment room has cameras and an intercom system, so staff will be able to see and hear you at all times. If you require assistance, feel free to call out and they will assist you, as needed.

No, just like taking an x-ray, once the radiation is turned off, radiation does not stay in your body. It is safe to be around family and friends while you are undergoing your treatments.

No, radiation is similar to having an x-ray taken. There is no pain or any sensation involved.

You will not see or feel anything during treatment. You will only hear noises from the radiation machine.

We offer you a range of clinics and support group programs to improve your quality of life throughout your treatment and beyond. Clinics are held on level one (1) and most support group programs are held in our auditorium on the lobby level of the SRCC at Southlake.

To hear about the SRCC at Southlake’s supportive care clinics and programs that can help you, watch the less than two-minute video below.

If you would like to arrange a virtual visit with your loved one please email the patient’s name and your contact information to VirtualVisit@southlake.ca.

Depending on your needs, your team may include a combination of: registered dietitians, a medical psychotherapist, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, palliative care physicians, physiotherapists, psychiatrists and social workers.