Cancer Care

  • Cancer Hubs
  • Cancer Navigation
  • Western Manitoba Cancer Centre
  • In Sixty
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Links & Resources
  • Murray House

Cancer Hubs

In providing cancer care to the residents of Manitoba, the development of Regional Cancer Program hubs strives to ensure all patients receive timely and appropriate access to quality care and improved coordination of this care.

For a map of Cancer Hubs in Manitoba please click here.

Through Regional Cancer Program hub services, Primary Care physicians and surgeons, among other health care providers, receive expert support from the Navigation Teams which include Family Physicians in Oncology, Surgical Lead in Oncology, Nurse Navigators and Psychosocial Oncology Clinicians in the often complex work up and diagnosis of a suspected cancer.

Regional Cancer Program hubs are modeled to meet the needs of patients suspected of having cancer and patients having received a cancer diagnosis. The work of the Regional Cancer Program hubs directly influences and strengthens the goals and deliverables of IN SIXTY, Cancer Patient Journey Initiative.

Cancer Navigation services facilitate timely and appropriate access to the cancer care system and can guide and support cancer patients and their families through the entire cancer journey. The Navigation Team works closely with the entire health care team to coordinate care and help patients access referrals, resources, and other helpful supports.

Primary Care providers or any other health care professional can refer patients to Navigation Services.

  • Patients and families can also contact the Navigation Services directly for more information about a cancer diagnosis, treatment or follow up care.
  • To make a referral or for more information call the toll free number in Prairie Mountain Health at 1-855-346-3710.


Cancer Navigation Services

Have you or a member of your family been diagnosed with cancer?

A Nurse Navigator Can:

- Help you to navigate the cancer system

- Provide the emotional support and encouragement you need

- Identify resources and services you may need

- Support you to make informed decisions


A cancer diagnosis can be shocking and deeply distressing for patients and their families.

Navigating the health care system can add to their distress. Prairie Mountain Health with the support of Cancer Care Manitoba and Manitoba Health is pleased to announce the development of Cancer Navigation Services.
Nurse navigators are specially trained oncology nurses who provide individualized assistance for patients, their families, and health care professionals. The goal is to help overcome health care system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer journey including survivorship. Within the program there is access to a Psychosocial Oncology Clinician.
Prairie Mountain Health Cancer Navigation Services would like to work together with you to provide quality, timely care to cancer patients and their families.
This service is free of charge and available with or without a referral.

Patients can be referred to Prairie Mountain Health Cancer Navigation Services by:

  • • Self referral or by family members
  • • Family physicians, surgeons or other members of the healthcare team

The role of the Nurse Navigator is to:

  • • Support patients and their families from time of diagnosis through to treatment and all phases of the cancer journey.
  • Work closely with family physicians, surgeons and other members of the health care team to assist in the coordination of tests and referrals to cancer specialists.
  • Help the patient and family members to be prepared for tests and appointments, and to understand their diagnosis and plan of care.
  • Assist patients in finding information in order to make informed decisions and answers to their questions.

The role of the Oncology Social Worker/Psychosocial Oncology Clinician is to:

  • Link patients to practical resources, including transportation, accommodations and finances.
  • Help patients and their family members understand and cope with normal feelings of fear, anger, sadness, uncertainty, grief and loss.
  • Provide counselling for patients and their family members.

The Role of the Community Engagement Liaison (CEL) is to:

  • build relationships at the community level, increase awareness about cancer risk reduction and help communities become more knowledgeable about Cancer services and resources


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Cancer Navigation Services, Prairie Mountain Health
1-855-346-3710 (Toll free)

Nurse Navigators:

    • Debbie McNairnay
    • Audrey Warkentin
    • Jennifer Wickham

Social Workers:

    • Angela Stewart Lamport
    • Kirsten Eskildsen

Community Engagement Liaison (CEL):

    • Kristin Tischinski

Western Manitoba Cancer Centre

Our Location:

300 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB  (Brandon Regional Health Centre)

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday (excluding stat holidays): 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Metered public parking lot on the East side of the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre. Access to parking lot is from McTavish Avenue East.

For a map of Cancer Hubs in Manitoba please click here.

The Western Manitoba Cancer Centre is for patients receiving cancer care and treatments.  The catchment area for the WMCC is Prairie Mountain Health, although it is part of CCMB's provincial cancer resources and any patient residing in Manitoba can ask to receive their treatment at the WMCC.  As well, patients from the Eastern part of Saskatchewan also use the WMCC for their cancer treatments. The WMCC is a jointly run and managed facility of Prairie Mountain Health and CancerCare MB.

Cancer Program Team and Contact Numbers

  • Medical Staff:

The Cancer Program Physicians (by appointment only), oversee your cancer treatment and follow up that you and your oncologist/specialist have planned. It is important, however, for you and your family physician to continue to manage any other health related needs.

  • Radiation Therapy Staff:  204-578-2222

Please leave a detailed message and a staff member will return your call.

  • Nursing Staff/Clerical Staff:  204-578-2222

Please leave a detailed message and a staff member will return your call.

  • Social Worker:

For information, support or counseling for yourself or family members call 204-578-2206.

  • Dietitian:

For any nutrition questions, concerns or advice call 204-578-2234.

  • Pharmacist:

For any concerns or questions regarding the chemotherapy you are taking call 204-578-2235.

  • Patient Navigator:

Can be reached at 1-855-346-3710 (toll free) if you require any information on your cancer diagnosis, treatment, or follow-up.

  • Spiritual Care:

For spiritual/emotional/grief support call 204-578-4000 and ask for Pastoral Care.

  • Palliative Care Coordinator:

For clinical assistance and support for end-of-life planning call 204-578-2340.

  • Pain and Symptom Management:

Talk to your doctor or nurse for suggestions on how to manage your pain and symptoms related to you chemotherapy and/or cancer. If necessary, a referral can be made to the Pain Management Resource Nurse by your doctor or nurse.

Other Community Services

  • Canadian Cancer Society:

415 1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8

204-571-2800 or Toll free 1-888-939-3333

  • Canadian Cancer Society Transportation Program:

Toll free 1-888-532-6982

  • Murray House:

Murray House is a residence that provides safe and comfortable accommodations for out of town patients receiving care at the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre. Murray House is located one block from the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre.
A referral is required to stay at Murray House. Referrals are made by the Cancer Navigation team, please Contact 1-855-346-3710 for more information.

  • Patient Resource Room:

Located in the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre. Information pamphlets, internet with reputable sites for research & patient resources including wigs, turbans etc. available.

  • Health Resource Centre (Library):

Located on main floor of Clinical Services Building at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Phone: 204-578-4080

  • Cancer Connection:

For information or to speak to a Peer Support Volunteer phone 1-800-263-6750.

  • Westman Prostate Cancer Support Group:

Meetings are the 2nd Monday of each month. For more information phone 204-578-2206.

  • Look Good Feel Better Workshop:

Held 4th Wednesday of each month. For more information contact Marg at 204-848-2163 or Helena at 204-726-8315.

  • Waves of Hope:

Westman’s team for breast cancer support. Call Helena at 204-726-8315.

  • Home Care Program:

B-150 7th Street, Brandon, MB

Phone: 204-578-2325

  • Breast Cancer Center of Hope:

For information on who the community contact person is for your area call 1-204-788-8080 or toll free 1-888-660-4866.

Telephone health information service. Call 1-888-315-9257 to speak to a nurse.

For any comments/concerns phone:

  • Clinical Resource Nurse of Western Manitoba Cancer Program:  204-578-2232
  • Regional Manager for Cancer Care, PMH:  204-578-2210
  • Brandon Regional Health Centre Comment Line:  204-578-2104 or toll free 1-800-735-6596
  • CancerCare Manitoba Patient Representative:  204-787-2065 or toll free 1-866-561-1026


What is IN SIXTY?

IN SIXTY is the new strategy of action and quality care for patients during their first days of cancer suspicion, diagnosis and to a first treatment if needed. In June 2011, the Province of Manitoba announced a million investment towards transforming the cancer patient journey. In November 2011 the development of IN SIXTY (also known as the Cancer Patient Journey Initiative) began with a Manitoba Cancer Partnership Steering Committee and an overarching goal to reduce the time from suspicion of cancer to first treatment to 60 days or less, by no later than 2016, and to do so in a sustainable manner that also improves the quality of the cancer patient experience.

Why do we need IN SIXTY?

Cancer can affect anyone at anytime. In Manitoba, over 6100 patients are diagnosed annually and up to ten times more undergo investigations for suspected cancers. Many patients and their families have found the cancer journey complex, difficult to understand and highly stressful, especially in the first few weeks when testing procedures and specialist appointments are occurring. Any delay in tests and care during this time heighten anxiety and may critically affect clinical outcomes, such as patients requiring more intensive treatments. When IN SIXTY began, the suspicion to treatment phase for patients took anywhere from 3 to 9 months. Some delays were rooted in: a lack of coordination, integration, and information flow among the multiple health care organizations involved - resulting in complex care pathways and patient handoffs; lack of clinically-defined diagnostic and treatment care pathways- resulting in diagnosis and treatment delays; poor communication between the health care system and patients during this initial stage in their cancer journey. Services need to be streamlined and new approaches across organizations are needed to make the best use of the skills available in the cancer workforce.

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Cancer Treatment

Please Note:  If there is any chance that you are / or can become pregnant during radiation, you must advise your radiation oncologist and the treatment team. Radiation can be extremely harmful to your unborn child and appropriate measures must be taken, etc.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy, sometimes called radiotherapy or irradiation, is the use of various forms of radiation to safely and effectively treat cancer and other diseases. Radiation oncologists may use radiation therapy to try to cure cancer, to control the growth of the cancer or to relieve symptoms, such as pain.

How radiation therapy works:

Radiation therapy works by damaging the DNA within cancer cells and destroying the ability of the cancer cells to reproduce. When these damaged cancer cells die, the body naturally eliminates them. Normal cells are also affected by radiation, but they are able to repair themselves from the radiation in a way that cancer cells cannot. Sometimes radiation therapy is the only treatment a patient needs, and other times it is only one part of a patient’s treatment. For example, some patients may be treated with surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Goals of radiation therapy:

    • Destroy tumours.
    • Reduce the risk that the cancer will return after you have had surgery or chemotherapy by killing tiny cancer cells that may remain.
    • Shrink tumours that are interfering with your quality of life. For example: tumours that are causing difficulty swallowing or are causing bleeding.
    • Alleviate pain by reducing the size of your tumour.

It is important for you to discuss the goal of your treatment and the side effects of your treatment with your radiation oncologist.

Radiation Therapy Patient Guide.


Chemotherapy (sometimes called chemo) uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. Some chemotherapy drugs are given on their own. But more often, several chemotherapy drugs are given together. Chemotherapy may also be given together with other drug treatments, such as biological therapy.
Today, there are many different kinds of chemotherapy and combinations of chemotherapy drugs used to treat over 200 different types of cancer. The drugs you get for chemotherapy may be different from the drugs someone else gets. Even if you get the same drugs as someone else, your body may react to them differently. So the way you feel during treatment may be very different from how others feel.

How chemotherapy works:
Chemotherapy is the use of one or more anticancer (cytotoxic) drugs to damage cancer cells so they can’t grow and reproduce. Chemotherapy is most effective on cells that are actively growing and dividing. Because many cancer cells tend to grow and divide quickly, they are sensitive to the effects of chemotherapy.

Goals of Chemotherapy:
the primary goal of chemotherapy is to eliminate cancer cells and prevent recurrence. If it is not possible to eliminate the cancer, chemotherapy may be used to control the cancer by slowing its growth and/or to reduce symptoms caused by the cancer (called palliative therapy). 


Cancer Links and Resources

The following are weblinks and resources to assist you in your journey.

National Cancer Institute

CancerCare Manitoba

IN SIXTY for patients

IN SIXTY for healthcare professionals

BC Cancer Agency

Western Manitoba Cancer Centre virtual tour video.

Murray House



521 Frederick Street

Brandon, MB 

R7A 5L1

Ph:    204-717-8700






Your "home away from home".

Murray House is a residence that provides safe comfortable accommodations for out of town patients receiving care at the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre. Murray House is located one block from the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre.

You are responsible for your own medications and care. If you require the support of medical equipment, you must provide that information when booking is confirmed. This is to allow for an electrical safety check.  Containers of oxygen must be reported as well at this time.

There are eight private rooms; two are wheelchair accessible.  Each room has a private washroom, television, phone and small refrigerator. Family and friends are welcome with a limit of two people per room.  All rooms are non-smoking.  Sorry no pets are allowed in Murray House.

You are responsible for your own meals. There is a fully equipped common kitchen for your use.  Across the street located at the Brandon Regional Health Centre is a cafeteria as well as nearby stores and restaurants.

A living room, library/meeting room, recreation room and laundry facilities  are also located in Murray House.

On-site parking is available and is included in your room cost.

A referral is required to stay at Murray House.  Contact any of the staff listed below for further information.

Patient Navigators Western Manitoba Cancer Centre 204-578-2236
Swan River Site 204-734-6784
Deloraine Site 204-747-1844
Oncology Social Worker – Dauphin  204-638-2189
Oncology Social Worker – WMCC  204-578-2206

Once a referral form has been filled out you will receive a call regarding your booking confirmation and how to pay for your room.

For current rates: Call:  204-717-8700