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 Psychosocial Oncology and Supportive Care

The Psychosocial Oncology Team:

A cancer diagnosis can be difficult. It is normal to have many different emotions during this time. Examples of emotions that are common are: stress, anxiety, sadness, anger or a sense of a loss of control.
 It is important to talk to someone that can help you understand your feelings and thoughts. The psychosocial team can give you and your family confidential counseling and support. Our services are free as well as private and confidential.
The psychosocial team at The Carlo Fidani Regional Cancer Centre and Queensway Health Centre’s Oncology Clinic is a team of social workers, a psychologist, and psychiatrists that can help you with:

  • Specialized treatment for symptoms such as trouble sleeping and panic
  • Stress management
  • Depression or depressed feelings
  • Worry
  • Sexual health
  • Loss and grief
  • Spiritual or religious concerns
  • Speaking to children or teens about your cancer
  • Help with navigating the healthcare system whether you are new to Canada or not
  • Finding information and community resources
  • Help with connecting with financial programs

We offer groups as well as counseling to individuals, couples and families.

The Supportive Care Team:

The supportive care team is made up of dietitians and a medication access specialist. Our services are free.

Dietitians and Nutritional Support
Eating Healthy is very important during every stage of your cancer treatment and recovery.  A healthy diet gives you energy, helps you feel better and recover faster from treatment side effects.  Cancer treatments can cause different side effects that make it difficult to meet your nutritional needs. Your dietitian can give you information on healthy eating and offer diet strategies to manage the following side effects:

  • Poor appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Changes in your sense of taste
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Heartburn and reflux
  • Gas or bloating

Dietitians offer both individual counseling and group sessions.

Medication Access Specialist/Drug Navigator
The medication access can help you understand how your medication coverage works and what options may be available to you during your cancer treatments.   he medication access specialist can help you if:

  • you do not have a drug plan
  • your drug plan does not cover the costs of certain cancer treatment drugs
  • you would like information about programs that can help with the cost

At the Queensway Health Centre Oncology clinic the drug navigators can also give you information and counseling about the side effects you may have and how to best manage and/or prevent them.

Patient Education
You may have many different questions through your cancer journey. The Mississauga Halton Central West Regional Cancer Program is dedicated to giving you and your families/ loved ones, information you need, when you need it, in the way you need it by the right professional. Talk to your health care team about any of your questions. They can help you find the information you need.

We Are Here For You.    
To connect with a member of the psychosocial and supportive care team at The Carlo Fidani Regional Cancer Centre, please call 905-813-1100 ex. 4862.   
To connect with a member of the psychosocial and supportive care team at the Queensway Health Centre Oncology Clinic please call:
416-259-7580 ext. 5839 to speak with a social worker
416-259-7580 ext. 5879 to speak with a dietitian
416 259-7580 ext. 5753 to speak with a drug navigator.