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June 28, 2016 - Cancer patients in Brockville and surrounding communities can now receive chemotherapy and other supportive treatments thanks to a new Regional Systemic Treatment Program (RSTP) at BGH. Staff underwent specialized training to ensure patients receive the same standardized and quality cancer care previously available in Kingston.
“BGH is proud to partner with the South East Regional Cancer Program to provide our patients with cancer care closer to home. This program will allow patients to remain close to their friends and loved ones, while receiving high quality cancer treatments in their local community. Cancer treatments can last many weeks and we recognize travelling to another city to receive care can be difficult for our patients,” says Tony Weeks, President and CEO, Brockville General Hospital.
The project is a partnership between BGH and the South East Regional Cancer Program (SERCP), which aims to make timely, appropriate cancer care accessible to all patients in the region, no matter where they live. Patients currently receiving treatment at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario may be able to receive treatment in Brockville in consultation with their physician. The majority of patients in southeastern Ontario receive chemotherapy treatments at the Cancer Centre in Kingston.
“The opening of this clinic will not only improve cancer services in our region, but ensure that patients in the Brockville area have access to quality treatments closer to home. The new clinic is a demonstration of regional partners working together as a team to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right location for the benefit of patients,” Brenda Carter, Regional Vice President, Cancer Services, South East Regional Cancer Program.
The Regional Systemic Treatment Program (RSTP) at Brockville General Hospital began treating patients on June 1, 2016 and in just a few short weeks fourteen community members have received their chemotherapy treatments closer to home. The program allows the patients of Leeds and Grenville Counties who have been seen by an Oncologist at the Cancer Centre in Kingston to receive cancer care in their own community.
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ABOUT THE SOUTH EAST REGIONAL CANCER PROGRAM
The South East Regional Cancer Program (SERCP) promotes seamless, high-quality, patient and family-centred cancer care for the residents of southeastern Ontario. This region is home to nearly 500,000 people and stretches from Brighton to Prescott and north to Bancroft. Affiliated with Cancer Care Ontario, SERCP strives for cancer risk reduction, early detection, excellent patient experiences and better patient outcomes by helping facilitate the high-quality delivery of cancer services in the South East region, while ensuring cancer care is delivered according to province-wide standards.