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Welcome to Stronach Regional Cancer Centre

The Stronach Regional Cancer Centre (SRCC) at Southlake represents the regionally designated program for the Central Regional Cancer Program. We compassionately deliver programs and services for patients living in York Region, North York and South Simcoe County, including cancer screening, diagnostic testing, radiation, chemotherapy and supportive care.

Informed by innovative research, our oncology experts provide excellent, closer to home care in our state-of-the-art treatment facility. We co-lead shared-care cancer programs with renowned partners such as Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and SickKids Hospital.

As the regional hub, we help to inform our region’s hospitals, cancer clinics, other service providers and family physicians of new information, tools and programs from Ontario Health-Cancer Care Ontario to help deliver high quality, safe cancer care.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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