CancerCare Manitoba
 
 
 
Overview of Cancer Services




CancerCare Manitoba is charged by an act of the legislature of Manitoba with responsibility for cancer prevention, detection, care, research and education for the people of Manitoba. As a centre of choice, CCMB is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for those living with cancer and blood disorders, and to improving control of cancer for all Manitobans.

CancerCare Manitoba provides consultation and treatment for those living with cancer and blood disorders at its two locations in Winnipeg:
  • CancerCare Manitoba Building, 675 McDermot Avenue

and in the
  • "O" block at St. Boniface General Hospital, 409 Tache Avenue

The CCMB surgical oncology clinic provides consultation, assessment and diagnostic surgical procedures for certain health problems such as skin cancers, head and neck cancers, soft tissue tumours and thyroid, gastrointestinal and breast abnormalities.

The Dr. Ernest W. Ramsey Manitoba Prostate Centre, located within CCMB at 675 McDermot Ave., is a provincial centre of excellence in prostate care and research. Patients with both benign and malignant prostate disease may be referred for diagnostic tests or assessment by the Prostate Centre's health care team. For patients diagnosed with prostate cancer, consultation may be requested with the Prostate Centre's clinical nurse specialist for treatment decision making and sexuality counseling.

CCMB also provides oncology services through 16 Community Cancer Programs in rural Manitoba.

In addition to medical treatment, CCMB offers support services for Manitobans living with cancer and their families through Patient and Family Support Services. Some examples are: counselling and support groups, the Guardian Angel Caring Room which deals with the physical aspects of living with cancer, the Patient & Family Resource Library, and the Breast Cancer Centre of Hope.

CancerCare Manitoba also administers 3 screening programs for breast, cervix, and colon cancer.

BreastCheck has year-round fixed screening sites in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and Boundary Trails Health Centre, plus two mobile vehicles that provide screening services throughout the province. BreastCheck recommends that most women age 50-74 have a screening mammogram every 2 years.

CervixCheck operates a registry of all Pap test, colposcopy and biopsy results, facilitates awareness and education about the importance of Pap tests, works with health care professionals to increase screening access, and supports health care provider, laboratory and colposcopy quality assurance. CervixCheck recommends that most women ages 21-69 who have ever been sexually active have a Pap test every 3 years.

ColonCheck works to increase colon cancer screening rates by mailing screening invitations and test kits, sending reminders, working with primary care providers , and increasing education about colon cancer. ColonCheck recommends men and women 50-74 years of age complete a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every 2 years.