- Regional Cancer Services
- Cancer Navigation Services
- Western Manitoba Cancer Centre
- Links & Resources
- Murray House
- WMCC Clinical Trials
Regional Cancer Services
In the Prairie Mountain Health Region (PMH), there are several cancer programs offering cancer treatments and services. The Community Cancer Programs Network (CCPN) is a provincial program of CancerCare Manitoba that works in partnership with PMH. It enables patients living outside of Winnipeg to receive quality cancer care closer to home. The CCP’s and Brandon WMCC are outpatient units that provide chemotherapy treatments and follow-up care, and are located within or near the regional or community hospitals. In addition to chemotherapy treatments, the WMCC also provides radiation therapy services as well as radiation oncology expertise. Please see our WMCC webpage for more details.
For more information on chemotherapy and radiation therapy visit CancerCare Manitoba’s website here. https://www.cancercare.mb.ca/home/
All Community Cancer Programs have other available supports including Cancer Navigation services, Oncology Social Worker/Psychosocial Oncology Clinician and Registered Dietitians. To learn more about Navigation services click here.
Community Cancer Programs in Prairie Mountain Health:
- Brandon - Western Manitoba Cancer Centre
- Swan River
For more information on the Community Cancer Programs Network click here.
Cancer Navigation Services
Have you or a member of your family been diagnosed with cancer?
A cancer diagnosis can be shocking and deeply distressing for patients and their families. We want you to know that the Navigation Service team is here to assist and support you and your family through this journey.
Cancer Navigation Services:
- Facilitates timely and appropriate access to the cancer care system
- Guide and support cancer patients and their families through the entire cancer journey
- Works closely with the entire health care team to coordinate care and help patient’s access referrals, resources, and other helpful supports.
- Supports patients to make informed decisions
Each Regional Cancer Program “Hub” has a navigation team, which includes Family Physicians in oncology (FPO), Surgical Lead in Oncology, Nurse Navigators, Oncology Social Worker/Psychosocial Oncology Clinicians and Registered Dietitian. The Hubs in Prairie Mountain Health are located in Brandon at the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre and in Dauphin.
Navigation Team Members:
The role of Nurse Navigators is to:
- Work closely with a patient’s health-care team to offer patients and their family members information, guidance and support from the time of a clinical suspicion of cancer through the diagnostic period and treatment.
- Help patients understand their diagnosis and care plan in order to make informed decisions.
- Help co-ordinate and prepare patients for tests and appointments.
The role of the Oncology Social Worker/Psychosocial Oncology Clinician is to assist patients and families in coping with the impact of cancer with:
- Emotional support - explore feelings of fear, worry, anxiety, sadness, stress, anger uncertainty
- Psychological support - impact of of cancer in your life, body image, self esteem
- Social support - talking with family, managing work and/or school
- Providing counselling to patients and their family members
- Providing information on practical issues, financial, resources, transportation, and support programs.
The Role of the Registered Dietitian is to assist and provide nutrition education to patients who may:
- Want information on your specific nutritional needs during cancer treatment,
- Experience unwanted weight loss or weight gain,
- Have difficulty with food or fluid intake because of treatment side effects such as poor appetite, taste changes, nausea, dry mouth, swallowing or chewing problems, constipation, diarrhea, etc.
- Want to try commercial nutritional supplements or other specialized nutritional products to improve your nutritional intake,
- Have questions about vitamin and mineral supplements or natural health products,
- Be dealing with other medical conditions that require a special diet (e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, food allergies, etc.),
- Have general questions about healthy eating or a healthy diet after cancer treatment.
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.
Patients can be referred to Prairie Mountain Health Cancer Navigation Services by:
- Self-referral or by family members
- Family physicians, surgeons, nurses or other members of the healthcare team
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Cancer Navigation Services, Prairie Mountain Health
1-855-346-3710 (Toll free)
Western Manitoba Cancer Centre
300 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB (Brandon Regional Health Centre)
WMCC is a one story building located East of Brandon Regional Health Center, on the corner of Frederick Street and McTavish Avenue East.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday (excluding stat holidays): 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There is inexpensive, long stay metered parking located on the East side of WMCC (/6 hours).
The Western Manitoba Cancer Center (WMCC), located in Brandon, MB, opened its doors in July 2011 as a joint venture with Cancer Care Manitoba and Prairie Mountain Health. WMCC is the only Cancer treatment center located outside of Winnipeg that provides radiation therapy treatments and chemotherapy services, and houses the only above ground Radiation treatment unit in the province. Most cases can be treated at WMCC, but there may be some, which require more specialized treatment at Cancercare Manitoba in Winnipeg.
Additional Health Care provider services available at WMCC include Radiation Oncologists, Family Physicians in Oncology (FPO), Dietitian, Social Work, Pharmacist and Nurse Navigator.
Cancer Care Manitoba (CCMB) Urgent Cancer Care: 204-787-8900
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After hours call paging and request on-call services HSC 204-787-2071
Western Manitoba Cancer Centre (WMCC) Reception: 204-578-2222
Social Worker: 204-578-2206 (Brandon and South)
204-638-2189 (Dauphin and North)
Patient Navigation: 1-855-346-3710
Spiritual Care: Page through Switchboard at 204-578-4000
Medical Staff: Family Physicians trained in Oncology (FPO) at WMCC oversee chemotherapy treatment plans made by your Medical Oncologist in Winnipeg. Radiation Oncologists at WMCC are specialists who make and oversee radiation treatment plans.
Your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner should continue to manage any other health related needs.
Supports & Resources
Canadian Cancer Society:
Toll free: 1-888-939-3333
Wheels of Hope registration and booking: Toll free 1-800-263-6750
Patient Resource Room:
Located in the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre. Information pamphlets, computer with internet access and patient resources including wigs.
Health Resource Centre (Library):
Brandon Regional Health Centre.
Look Good Feel Better Workshop:
Held 4th Wednesday of each month at Muray House. Companions welcome!
To register visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.ca or
Home Care Program:
Palliative Care Coordinator:
Breast & Gyne Cancer Center of Hope:
Community contact information
Toll free 1-888-660-4866
For information on support groups, resources or upcoming events:
Call Social Worker
For any comments/concerns phone:
Cancer Links and Resources
The following are weblinks and resources to assist you in your journey.
If you are needing assistance finding other resources or supports related to your cancer journey consider contacting Cancer Navigation Services.
Region Specific Resources:
Information on support groups, resources or upcoming events call:
- Oncology Social Worker at 204 578 2206 (Brandon), 204 638 2189 (Dauphin)
Patient Resource Room:
Located in the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre and houses information pamphlets, a computer with internet access and other patient resources including wigs.
For any comments/concerns phone:
Regional Manager Cancer Care: 204-578-2211
Prairie Mountain Health Patient Representative: 204-578-2104 or toll free 1-800-735-6596
CancerCare Manitoba Patient Representative: toll free 1-866-561-1026
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 or at the Brandon health Centre- both located one block south.
Your comfort and safety is our main concern. As Murray House is not a medical facility, a caregiver is required to stay with you if you are unable to care for yourself. 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. Please inform us if you use oxygen and require storage of oxygen canisters.
Murray House is a secure building containing eight private rooms including two accessible rooms and an elevator. Each room has a private washroom, television, microwave, phone and small refrigerator. Family and friends are welcome with a limit of two people per room. All rooms are non-smoking and pets are not permitted. Wi-Fi is available.
Although meals are not provided, there is a fully equipped common kitchen. Brandon Regional Health Centre cafeteria, stores and restaurants are located within walking distance.
The residence is also equipped with a living room, library/meeting room, recreation room and free laundry facilities.
Free on-site parking is available.
A referral is required to stay at Murray House. Please contact PMH Navigation Services for referral information.
Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) Navigation Services:
Or you may contact your Nurse Navigator or Social Worker.
Once a referral form has been filled out you will receive a call regarding your booking confirmation and how to pay for your room.
Cost for accommodation may be covered by third party billing (insurance, government agency). Confirm with your providers if you have coverage.
Take a Virtual Tour!
Clinical trials (research studies) assist in answering scientific questions regarding ways to prevent, treat, and/or manage diseases including cancer. Once a clinical trial has proven to be effective in the lab and on animals the clinical trial moves on to volunteer participants to evaluate whether or not the promising treatment is safe and effective in humans.
The conduct of clinical trials leads to new standard of care treatments for all diseases including cancer. Standard of care treatments currently in place are there because research has proven that they are the best known treatments at this time.
Here at the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre we are able to offer patients a limited number of clinical trials. Additional trial participation options exist within Manitoba and Canada and a complete listing of these trials can be found at: http://www.canadiancancertrials.ca/
For more information regarding trials being conducted at WMCC or for trials being conducted in Manitoba please contact:
Clinical Research Nurse
Western Manitoba Cancer Center
Ph: 204-578-2108 or 204-245-1111