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As a patient at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre (SRCC) at Southlake, or elsewhere, you go through three key stages during your experience with cancer: diagnosis, treatment and beyond treatment.
For a brief summary of each stage, read this page. To learn more about each stage, scroll down to Learn More at the bottom of this page. Below it, you will find images linked to sections that will help learn more about each stage, what to expect, your options, as well as and where to get help.
Your experience with cancer may start when you or your family physician has concerns about your health or a screen test has suspicious results. Your physician will then refer you to:
- The Diagnostic Assessment Unit (DAU) at Southlake Regional Health Centre
- A specialist at Southlake Regional Health Centre
- Another clinic or specialist at another hospital
During this diagnosis stage, you will meet with specialists, take medical tests and may get medical images taken. Specialists will carefully review your test results and images to ‘diagnose’ or determine if you have cancer.
Fast-track Diagnosis – Our regional Diagnostic Assessment Program (DAP) saves you time with fast-track services to diagnose breast, colon or prostate cancer through the Diagnostic Assessment Unit (DAU) at Southlake. Check our Timely Diagnosis page to learn more.
If you have concerns about your health and believe you should be tested for cancer, see your physician. [Your physician can go to the Patient Referrals page for forms to refer you to the DAU/ a specialist at Southlake.]
In most cases, the earlier we detect cancer, the better opportunity we have to successfully treat it. Once you are diagnosed, your physician may refer you to the SRCC at Southlake for treatment. [Your physician can find referral forms on the Patient Referrals page.]
This stage begins with Your First Visit to the SRCC at Southlake.
Your oncologist will work with you to develop your treatment plan, which may include a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Before you begin treatment, there are a few steps you can take to prepare for it.
After your treatment is finished, the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre (SRCC) at Southlake and the Central Regional Cancer Program (CRCP) offer programs and services to help you and your family transition from active cancer treatment to life post-treatment.
Select and click/tap the images displayed below to learn more about the steps in each stage of your patient experience, what to expect, your options and where to get help: