Cancer Care at Scarborough Health Network
Cancer care hospital services are available right in your community at Scarborough Health Network (SHN). We offer services for every step of this difficult journey. From assessment and diagnosis, to treatment and ongoing support, SHN is here to provide you with care.
Our cancer care team includes oncologists, specialized oncology nurses, nurse navigators pharmacists, social workers, diagnostic technicians, surgeons and many other health professionals. Working together, we strive to provide you with seamless care, so that your experience as a patient is as stress-free and comforting as possible.
The Prostate Diagnostic Assessment Clinic is a comprehensive solution for patients with prostate cancer-related concerns. Located at our Centenary site, the aim of this clinic is to shorten patients’ wait times for consultation and time to biopsy, pathology results, and treatment, by providing access to a full range of hospital services and specialists.
- Expert consultation, treatment options and follow-up care from one of our urologists specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
- Support and assessment provided by an oncology nurse navigator who will accompany you throughout the diagnostic and treatment phases of your journey, offering guidance, education, and emotional support.
- Availability of surgical, radiation and medical oncologists specializing in evidenced-based treatment strategies for prostate cancer.
- Transperineal Prostate Biopsy, a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia. Unlike traditional biopsy methods, transperineal biopsy involves accessing the prostate through the perineum, rather than the rectum, resulting in lower risk of infection and a higher chance of accurately sampling the prostate. This approach provides a safer and more effective diagnostic method for prostate cancer detection.
- Advanced prostate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services, which play a crucial role in the accurate detection and evaluation of prostate cancer. Prostate MRI utilizes high-resolution imaging techniques to provide detailed information about the prostate gland, enabling our specialists to identify potential abnormalities and target areas of concern for further assessment. This non-invasive procedure helps in improving diagnostic accuracy and guiding personalized diagnostic plans.
- Comprehensive genetic screening tests and advanced molecular testing to assess the risk of prostate cancer.* These tests analyze specific genes and molecular markers associated with prostate cancer, providing valuable insights into an individual’s predisposition to the disease. This information aids in developing personalized screening and treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique genetic profile.
*some services are not insured by OHIP
How the Prostate Diagnostic Assessment Clinic Works
Every patient coming to the Prostate Diagnostic Assessment Clinic is looked after by one of our urologists throughout their journey of care — from initial consultation and biopsy, to treatment and follow-up care if needed.
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, your urologist will discuss different options with you, which include active surveillance to monitor the cancer, surgery to have the prostate removed, radiation to the prostate or hormone therapy. We understand that patients can feel very anxious and overwhelmed. That is why our urologists partner with a nurse navigator, who is there to give you support and education. The nurse navigator will discuss the urologist’s assessment with you and answer questions so that you can make an informed decision about a treatment plan that is right for you.
If the decision is to go with active surveillance or surgery, your urologist is there to provide all aspects of care. If the decision is to get radiation, SHN partners with the Durham Region Cancer Centre (through Lakeridge Health in Oshawa) and the Odette Cancer Centre (through Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto). Radiation oncologists provide assessment at Centenary, and then treatment is given at the regional centre of your choice.
Making an Appointment
If you have symptoms related to prostate disease and would like to be seen by one of our urologists at the Prostate Diagnostic Assessment Clinic, please have your family physician send in a referral for you. Our clerical staff will book the next available appointment and notify you.
This clinic now accepts Ocean eReferrals! For additional information, please email your Ontario Health East Deployment Team at email@example.com.
Registering for Ocean
SHN, the Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT), and Scarborough Family Physicians Network (SFPN) are working together to support healthcare providers in our community who may be interested in onboarding onto Ocean. Get started by completing the Ontario Health East online form.
Physician referrals may be faxed to 416-281-7228.
For more information, please call 416-284-8131 ext. 5318 or email us at pdau@SHN.ca.
Through our urology services, Scarborough Health Network (SHN) aims to provide the highest quality patient care in a compassionate, safe and patient-centered manner. The urologic surgeons provide expert care and support to patients throughout each step of the process, from diagnosing urologic disorders to providing treatment and performing surgical procedures. They are experienced, professional and specialize in advanced surgical therapies and minimally invasive procedures to treat all specialties of male and female urology.
What We Offer
- Genitourinary cancers (bladder, prostate, kidney, penis and testicular cancer)
- Kidney stones
- Prostate-related diseases (benign prostate hypertrophy)
- Female urology
- Voding dysfunction and incontinence
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reconstructive urology
Our Surgical Oncology service ensures timely access to safe, high-quality care. It does this by continually improving the quality and accessibility of cancer surgery across Scarborough. The program also engages surgeons in planning and quality improvement initiatives.
Our clinic supports complex patients having side effects from their cancer treatment or experiencing symptoms of their disease. We collaborate with and refer to specialists and other health care professionals as needed.
SHN is proud to be a satellite clinic of the Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO). As a POGO satellite, the clinic provides cancer care close to home for children in Scarborough. Working in partnership with the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the clinic offers chemotherapy, blood work and transfusions, vital-sign monitoring, medication administration, X-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds.
Centenary, 7th Floor
416-284-8131 ext. 7190 or ext. 7191
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (by appointment only)
Centenary hospital – 416-281-7483
General hospital – 416-431-8113
Birchmount hospital – 416-495-2897
Centenary hospital – 416-281-7299
General hospital – 416-431-8168
Centenary hospital – 416-284-8131 ext. 5318
Centenary hospital – 416-284-8131 ext. 7190 or ext. 7191
Centenary hospital – 416-284-8131 ext. 5035
General hospital – 416-431-8200 ext. 3615
- Symptom Management Online Guide (Cancer Care Ontario)
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Canadian Virtual Hospice
- Cancer Care Ontario
- The Bayview Support Network – 416-480-4662
- Wellspring – 416-961-1928