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Walker Family Cancer Centre

Cancer Care / Oncology

Cancer Care at the Walker Family Cancer Centre is a regional program that has been featured prominently in healthcare headlines with the opening of the St. Catharines Site.  The new centre has enabled significant advancements in a full spectrum of services – radiation therapy being the most highly–anticipated.  The addition of radiation treatment within the Niagara Region makes it possible to offer ‘close-to-home’ care for 95% of the 2,500 area residents yearly who are diagnosed with cancer.*

NHS Medical Director of Oncology Dr. Janice Giesbrecht is thrilled with the new location.  “It’s hard to wipe the smiles off our faces when we see how much more we are able to offer our patients.”  As well as being technologically–advanced, designers took great care to create welcoming, healing spaces through use of natural light, gardens, greenery and comforting surroundings.   Complementing the services and treatment provided at the Walker Family Cancer Centre, clinics will continue to be held in Welland and Niagara Falls for new patient and follow-up visits.

With 100% of all medical equipment being donor funded, our Niagara community can be proud of the huge strides realized in local cancer services and the promising outlook as the program continues to expand and evolve.  

* More specialized care related to head and neck cancers will continue to be referred to the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton.

Bringing Advanced Breast Screening to Niagara Health
For many people, a milestone birthday often consists of a celebration - gifts, party décor, friends and family.  For Kym G. of St. Catharines, turning 50 meant something completely different. It was the beginning of her journey with breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian women, affecting 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. Women aged 50 to 74 are at higher risk and are encouraged to book regular mammograms.
So, when her birthday arrived, Kym booked a mammogram at Niagara Health.  She had been for several mammograms before and didn’t think this one would be any different. But this time it was - Kym was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.
In order to continue providing the highest quality of care for patients like Kym, it is essential that screening technology at Niagara Health is kept up to date. The introduction of a special type of mammogram called Tomosynthesis will provide many benefits to our patients.

Needed to bring tomosynthesis technology to Niagara Health
Scans performed through Ontario Breast Screening Program at Niagara Health sites in 2016
Recalls in 2016

“Tomosynthesis is the latest technology in breast imaging that was developed to improve the accuracy of mammography by capturing 3-D images of the breast,” says Dr.  Nasim Hemmati, Radiologist at Niagara Health.  “These 3-D scans not only provide improved images, they also help reduce the need for recall appointments for additional assessment and biopsies. Ultimately, this spares patients a great deal of anxiety.”
During her treatment, Kym learned that she had very dense breast tissue, something that can pose a challenge during screening. Tomosynthesis, although beneficial for all patients, will provide the most benefit to patients with dense breast tissue.
By making a gift to Niagara Health’s Breast Screening Program, YOU can help patients like Kym celebrate many more milestone birthdays. Click here to donate!