Treatments

Once you and your health care team know your diagnosis, you will discuss your treatment choices. You should understand that cancer is not a single disease with a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment. Some people may only have one type of treatment while others will have more than one.  

CancerCare Manitoba staff know receiving treatments brings patients and their families into a world of the unknown. They want to help ease your anxiety about the care you’ll receive. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you have with your healthcare providers.

CCMB was also a partner in the production of a video series called Living Well with Cancer-related Fatigue, which offers first-hand experiences from patients and tips from professionals that you may find helpful. You can find the video under the Managing Symptoms & Side Effects section on fatigue.

You can also find resources for coping with treatment through CCMB’s Patient and Family Support Services, which is listed under Patients & Family section on this website.
Patient and Family Support Services can be reached at 204-787-2109 or toll free at 1-866-561-1026.

Treatment Questions

You or a loved one will likely have a number of questions during the course of your cancer treatment. It's important to discuss your questions and concerns with your healthcare team so that you can make informed decisions about your care plan.
Here are some of the questions you should ask throughout your treatment, including telling your care team how much information you would like and what is important to you.

What impact will cancer have on your life?

  • What is the likely course?

What are your options if your health quickly gets worse?

  • How will the treatment plan start? Is the treatment meant to cure the cancer or just make you more comfortable or both?
  • What side effects or complications could be caused by your treatment?

What is the best you can hope for with this treatment?

  • How will you know if the cancer has progressed? Will there be any signs or symptoms?
  • Does having advanced cancer change the effectiveness of any other treatments you might have?

What options are available to you if you don't want to start or continue treatment?

  • When would someone consider palliative care?
  • What about life-prolonging or life-sustaining treatments? How do you decide whether or not to have these treatments?

Remember, your care team wants to meet your needs and their experiences and expertise are there for you.

Can I get treatment at other times?

You may be able to have your treatment after 4 p.m. or on a weekend. This is not available for all treatments. Ask your nurse or doctor if this is possible for your treatment, if you are interested. After hours treatment is only offered at CancerCare Manitoba 675 McDermot Avenue in Winnipeg.

Chemotherapy treatment is available at:

675 McDermot Avenue
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
St. Boniface Hospital site.
409 Taché Avenue
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
 

Radiation therapy is only available at:

  675 McDermot Avenue
  Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.