CCMB Services

Cancer Registry & Epidemiology

CancerCare Manitoba’s Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Registry is dedicated to providing support to investigators interested in using health information from the Manitoba Cancer Registry, as well as other linkable data sources. The Department has knowledgeable and skilled staff who can work with health researchers.

The Department can provide the following services:

  • Pre-data collection database development and maintenance.
  • Submissions and statistical analysis plans (for projects impacting the Department).
  • Analytical services.

Individuals or groups seeking information please submit an email to

Please provide the following information in your email:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Email/Contact Information
  • Advisor (if a student or trainee)
  • Project title
  • Brief description of the project or information request
  • Best times to meet (if a meeting is required)
  • Deadline date

If you have any questions about this process or the services the department provides, please email We will do our best to meet all reasonable deadlines.

Chemotherapy/Supportive Therapy

Nurses of the chemotherapy treatment room at CancerCare Manitoba provide cancer treatment and supportive care to approximately 100 patients daily.

If participants enrolled in the study will need:

  • Intravenous chemotherapy or medications to be administered
  • Insertion of a venous access device (PICC), access from or care of a central venous access device
  • Apheresis
  • Phlebotomy
  • Intravenous hydration
  • Blood product transfusion support

then you need approval from Chemotherapy/Supportive Therapy.

Clinical Trials Unit

The Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) facilitates and coordinates clinical research in the areas of prevention, treatment, palliation and quality of life. Data collected from our participation in national and international research has influenced the standard treatments used today. Through clinical trials, patients are provided with the opportunity to access state-of-the-art treatments and to raise the profile of CCMB as a significant contributor to the research being done worldwide.

Of the approximately 120 adult and pediatric clinical trials open to participation each year, the CTU enters an average of 300 new patients while continuing to follow thousands of participants in long-term follow up. Clinical research conducted at CCMB incorporates studies offered through cooperative groups, pharmaceutical companies and in-house research. Patients participating in these studies have access to some of the most innovative and cutting edge treatments, tests or prevention tools available.

The CTU has extensive experience across a spectrum of clinical trial activities, and offers the following services:

  • protocol and consent development
  • case report form design
  • budget and contract negotiation
  • management of ethics documentation, including initial submissions, amendments and safety reports
  • completion of regulatory documentation
  • screening patients for eligibility
  • obtaining patient consent
  • conducting patient evaluations
  • case report form completion, data management

Questions, contact our main office (McDermot Ave) at 204-787-4156.

Determining if Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) Resources Are Required for Your Study

Will the Researcher Require Information Contained Within the BMT Registry?

  • The BMT Registry falls under CTU's umbrella. If data is required from the BMT registry, CTU sign-off is required.

Is the Study Considered Translational Research?

  • The CTU is responsible for training and supervising many of the research staff involved with the Translational Research Program.
  • Please contact the CTU Manager to see if your project will affect CTU resources.

Do You Need Someone to Screen Patients for Eligibility?

  • Pending a review of resource use and funding, the CTU may be able to assist in this area.

Do you Need Someone to Obtain Patient Consent?

  • Pending a review of resource use and funding, the CTU may be able to assist in this area.

Do you Need Someone to Conduct Patient Evaluations?

  • Pending a review of resource use and funding, the CTU may be able to assist in this area.

Do you Need Someone to Collect Patient Information?

  • Pending a review of resource use and funding, the CTU may be able to assist in this area.

Health Records

The CancerCare Manitoba Health Records Department manages patient health information as set out by the Personal Health Information Act of Manitoba. The Health Records Department is responsible for ensuring all patient hardcopy health records are kept secure, up-to-date, protected and accessible for patient care, administration, and research.

The Health Records Department supports research by providing investigators hardcopy with:

  • Hardcopy health record retrieval services (chart on premises and off-site charts).
  • Resource capacity planning working closely with the researcher to accommodate required timeframes and dates.
  • Liaison with File Control Clerks and Medico-legal Correspondent throughout the study duration.
  • Study/audit area with computer service to review your research health records in a secure, protected area.
  • Capacity to store a maximum of 800 hardcopy health records for all studies currently in progress.
  • Capacity to pull 150 hardcopy health records per week for all studies currently in progress.


Our office is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00 hours.

In order to obtain access to patient hardcopy health records, investigators must first receive approval from the CancerCare Manitoba Research Resource Impact Committee (RRIC). You will be required to:

  • You must identify the start date, end date (or duration) of the study on your RRIC Submission Form. Upon expiry, you must submit an amendment request to the RRIC to extend your study duration.
  • Once your study has been approved and you are ready to review hardcopy health records please contact Cancer Registry/Epidemiology to generate the list of required charts - This list will be sent directly to Health Records.
  • Health Records will contact you to make arrangements for chart review.
  • Other questions to consider:
    • Will these charts be pulled for review once or several times? Note: Charts with multiple volumes, each volume is considered one pull.
    • If charts are off-site in storage, will you require these retrieved?
    • Do you have a study budget to off-set chart retrieval costs? (Average cost of $16.00 per chart)

CCMB Research Fees


Booking Workstations for Chart Review

Workstations in Health Records (ON 2092) are available to accommodate Researchers review of electronic and hardcopy patient charts on approved research studies.

Please contact File Control Services in Health Records to;

  1. Advise of study approval or produce the letter
  2. Coordinate the pulling of their approved study charts to allow for a timely review for the agreed date/time
  3. To book a workstation in ON2101c, our study, research area

The workstations are available Monday to Friday 08:00 - 17:00 hrs.

To book a workstation, please contact the File Control Clerk at 204-787-4017.

Access to Electronic Records


For more information about how to access patient hardcopy health records for approved research purposes, contact the Senior File Control Clerk at (204) 787-4017.

Determining if Heath Records Resources Are Required for Your Study

The information provided here is meant to provide guidance and highlight typical information required as part of the submission process. By including this information, we can quickly review and identify any impacts resulting from studies.

  • Will Health Records charts be required for the study? If the study is a retrospective review, Health Records charts will be required, while a database review or data extracted from a database for analysis would typically not require charts.
  • If charts are required, how many will be required?  A study my require 200 charts, however charts will typically be provided in blocks of 50 since charts may needed in clinic and allows for a smaller reserve to be kept.
  • Are charts required for patients that are deceased?  Our deceased patient charts are stored off-site to make space for active charts.  These charts have to be retrieved from storage and incurs a $16 per chart fee.
  • When will the charts be required (start date)? If you don't know the start date, can you please provide two (2) weeks notice prior to the start of the study so Records has sufficient time to pull the charts, request the charts to be returned, or for deceased patients to obtain the charts from archival storage off-site.


Hematology Laboratory at CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) provides service to all patients under active care at CCMB and on average sees 150 patients per day. If you require blood to be drawn as part of your study, special procedures such as a bone marrow aspirate and/or biopsy or if you need to have samples shipped out, approval is required by the Hematology Lab.

Information Services

For assistance with the use of new software, application or new technology, please submit a request to the Service Desk at 204-940-8500 or


The Provincial Pharmacy program at CancerCare Manitoba has an Investigational Drug Services (IDS) area, staffed by pharmacists and pharmacy assistants. These professionals ensure good clinical practice is followed for all clinical trial duties they are delegated.

IDS staff ensure that all drug provided as part of a clinical trial are handled in accordance with Health Canada regulations for clinical trials. Services provided by IDS include; ordering, receiving, completing accountability, dispensing and preparation, storage and destruction of trial associated drug. Trial related documentation is maintained and stored by IDS as per Health Canada regulations. IDS staff will liaise with the study investigators and/or sponsors as required. If required, prescription development and patient education may also be provided.

If you are working on a trial that may require pharmacy services please contact the IDS Pharmacy at (204)787-4359 to inquire about our services and fee structure.

The Provincial Pharmacy program maintains an electronic database of all restricted or non-formulary medication requests. The database will list the patient, prescriber, the requested therapy, and the outcome of the request.

If you have any questions about this database please contact the Pharmacy Data Manager at (204)787-4263.

Medical Physics

Preventative maintenance, calibration and/or servicing of medical equipment
The Department of Medical Engineering may be able to offer this service to research groups provided they have expertise with the specific piece of equipment. Some equipment can be very complex and calibration or servicing of that specific device may only be possible if an individual has taken a formal training course to do so. These training courses may need to be purchased by the owner of the equipment and subsequently taken by members of the Department of Medical Engineering to make calibration/servicing by this group possible.

Incoming inspection (electrical and CSA) of new medical device
This inspection ensures that electrical equipment conform to federal and provincial regulations regarding safe use of electrical equipment. All electrical equipment brought into CCMB must undergo this incoming inspection by the Medical Engineering group.

Design/fabrication of devices
The Department of Medical Engineering has the capabilities and expertise to design and manufacture custom devices both mechanical and electrical and this skill set may fit with that required by a research program.

Credentialing of radiation therapy techniques
The Radiation Therapy Physics group is responsible for testing the accuracy of new radiation treatment techniques. Some clinical trials require this testing be performed and the results submitted to a standards committee before an institution is allowed to participate in the trial.

Submission of radiation therapy treatment data
The Radiation Therapy Physics group is responsible for overseeing the collection of patient specific radiation therapy data required by clinical trials.

For researchers with questions, please contact Jeff Bews at (204) 787 1804 or


There are approximately 100 nurses working in at least 15 different DSG clinics at CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB), St. Boniface and MacCharles Units. Nurses are key contributors to the implementation of cancer treatment, support for patients and families and are integral members of the care team.

If you need nurses to be involved in your study such as:

  • informing patients about a study and assisting with recruitment
  • facilitating CCMB space for research to take place
  • handing out letters of invitation
  • filling out a survey
  • being active participants in the study

then it needs approval from nursing.

Patient and Family Support Services

Patient and Family Support Services, operating within the provincial mandate of CancerCare Manitoba, is a multidisciplinary team of professionals working collaboratively to help meet the social, emotional, nutritional, informational, psychological, spiritual, rehabilitation and practical needs of those affected by cancer and their families throughout the diagnostic, treatment and/or follow-up phases of cancer care. It encompasses issues of prevention, survivorship, recurrence, palliative care and bereavement.

Patient and Family Support Services includes six distinct but related services: Psychosocial Oncology (including Spiritual Care), Nutrition Services, Rehabilitation Services (Speech Language Pathology), Breast Cancer Centre of Hope, Patient and Family Resource Centre and Guardian Angel Caring Room .

Services are provided at all CancerCare Manitoba Units, ie MacCharles Site (675 McDermot Avenue), St. Boniface Unit, and Misericordia site (Breast Cancer Centre of Hope).

We encourage investigators to consider collaborating with staff within Patient and Family Support Services if their research involves one of these specialty areas of cancer care.

CancerCare Manitoba’s Patient and Family Support Services supports research by:

  • Collaborating on research studies
  • Recruiting patients and families
  • Providing counseling support to study participants who may feel anxious, upset or distressed as a result of participating in a research study.


If it is anticipated that patients and or families may feel anxiety or emotional distress as a result of participation in a study, or, if anxiety or emotional distress might be uncovered through participation in a study, it is recommended that the following paragraph be included in the information for study participants. Sign off from the Director of Patient and Family Support Services will also be required.

"Participation in this study may be upsetting or distressing to you as you recall your own cancer experience, or the experience of your family member. If you would like to talk to someone about this, there is support available through CancerCare Manitoba Patient and Family Support Services. Please call 204-787-2109 or toll free 1-800-561-1026, or ask the research study staff to refer you."

Radiation Therapy Planning & Treatment

Radiation Therapy treatment planning uses images from the CT Simulator to design treatment plans, by means of a treatment planning computer, that will deliver a prescribed dose of radiation in accordance with a Radiation Oncologist's prescription to a defined target volume and to consider and limit the dose to normal structures (organs at risk, or OARs). 3D and/or IMRT treatment techniques are used to design the plans. Radiation Therapy treatment is delivered using highly sophisticated equipment and involves a high degree of accuracy. During the course of radiation, medical imaging is used to ensure the patient is in the correct position for every treatment.

Screening Programs

CancerCare Manitoba operates three provincial, population-based, organized screening programs: BreastCheck, CervixCheck, and ColonCheck.

BreastCheck provides screening mammography to women 50 years of age and older. The BreastCheck registry includes information on mammography results, follow-up tests, and final diagnoses.

CervixCheck operates a registry of all Pap test results, coloposcopy, and biopsy procedures, and HPV vaccination for women 18 to 69 years of age.

ColonCheck provides fecal occult blood tests to men and women 50 to 74 years of age. The ColonCheck registry includes the results of the FOBT, follow-up tests (colonoscopy), and final diagnoses. The programs also provide health promotion and public education for the public and health care professionals.


For researchers with questions about the screening programs, please contact any of the following individuals:

Laura Coulter, CCMB Screening Programs Manager, 204-788-8084